Putting Lessons Learnt to the Test During Challenging Times: The East African Community And The Covid-19 Pandemic

Reiss, Mariel (2022). Putting Lessons Learnt to the Test During Challenging Times: The East African Community And The Covid-19 Pandemic. UNU-CRIS Working Paper. UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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  • Subtitle Working Paper
    Sub-type Working paper
    Author Reiss, Mariel
    Title Putting Lessons Learnt to the Test During Challenging Times: The East African Community And The Covid-19 Pandemic
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Working Paper
    Volume/Issue No. 2022/9
    Publication Date 2022
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 23
    Language eng
    Abstract The East African Community (EAC) celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020. Overshadowing and bringing the joyous occasion to a halt, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic only depicts the most recent and challenging crisis for the regional organization (RO). This paper discusses how and in what ways the current EAC has implemented mechanisms in its institutional design which can be traced to lessons learnt from its past; that is the first EAC (1967-1977). It uses the concept of transnational diffusion to analyse the impact of the first EAC on the current one and highlights which shortcomings still prevail and come to light – especially – during times of crises. Focusing on four aspects of institutional design, the article points to the most vulnerable aspects of the RO and puts them in the context of the rough patch that the EAC is going through. Here, the Covid-19 pandemic functions as a magnifying glass for the greater underlying problems.
    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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