Continental and regional mechanisms: drivers of national policy change?
The African Union and regional economic communities offer space for the collective development and pursuit of directions for the continent and for tailoring these to sub-regional contexts. Much investment has supported the strengthening of these mechanisms and the articulation, at both levels, of normative frameworks and important commitments to action: among others on advancing child and adult care, sexual and reproductive health and rights, water management, hygiene and sanitation – present focal issues for PARC’s capstone programmes.
The realization of such commitments within countries, however, has remained patchy — raising urgent queries: about the current relevance of continental and regional mechanisms in promoting national policy change, and about how future research may better engage to support both collective policy direction-setting, and its national-level translation.
PARC plans an investigation to address these questions in conjunction with the UNFPA Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office and other partners.
More information to follow.