This paper reports the empirical study undertaking within UNU-CRIS to examine whether International Organisations (Regional Development Banks, UN Social Agencies,
UN Economic Commissions, World Bank) have argued for and helped to develop regional social policies in regional associations of government. Regional Social Policies are defined as polices of cross border redistribution, social regulation and social rights and cross border cooperation in the health, education and social protection. The paper charts the influence of these actors in the processes that have lead to the emergence within Africa of regional and sub regional social policies. The paper is based upon documentary analysis and some participant observation. While largely empirical the paper uses an actor framework to offer an account of recent developments in regional social policy formation in Africa. The paper develops from two chapters (3 and 8) of Deacon, Bob et al. (2010), World-regional Social Policy and Global Governance, Routledge.
Publisher: UNESCO-UNU Chair