African Micro-Regionalism: Development Corridors and Spatial Development Initiatives in Southern Africa

  • Linda Piknerová
Keywords: Africa, integration, regionalisation, development corridors, spatial development initiatives, Southern Africa, new regionalism approach, sub-regional integration


This paper is focused on the sub-regional level of integration in the region of Southern Africa. It aims to sketch the formation and operation of the most important development corridors (DC), spatial development initiatives (SDI) and industrial development zones (IDZ). From a theoretical point of view, this article is based on the concept of the new regionalism approach (NRA), especially with its emphasis on non-state actors (such as civic society, private enterprises, and financial corporations) in the process of integration. The hypothesis of the text is the following: sub-regional integration is currently the most dynamically developing form of integration. Judging by the way it exists and works, it has the best potential to contribute to African economic development. The paper summarizes the most important cases of sub-regional intergration projects, describes their specificities and main characteristics, and points out some weak and strong features of this kind of integration.

Author Biography

Linda Piknerová