In the context of deepening poverty, growing inequalities within and between countries and the uneven impacts of economic and financial globalisation, we need to consider how social development, underwritten by a people-centred approach, can influence existing and emerging regional processes and change the regional social policy agenda. Moreover, there is a new urgency given the scale of poverty and social exclusion experienced in countries in Africa and in the global south, to move away from the belief that regionalism both as a policy agenda and as a development project should be limited only to issues of economic integration, trade negotiations and the pursuit of national and regional security.
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