Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration
A comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies
The growing presence of multilateral regional organisations across diverse public policy fields has been the subject of substantial academic and policy research, but little is known about whether and how regional commitments on poverty reduction are being implemented in practice, or about what kinds of regional policy development processes are conducive to the emergence of embedded pro-poor approaches.
The Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration (PRARI) project is a mixed methods study of the scope for enhancing multilateral regional organisations' contributions to the global goal of poverty reduction. PRARI investigates whether and how Southern regionalisms' policies and programmes of action are instituting an embedded pro-poor focus and what scope there is for more effective policy intervention in the interests of global policy goals of poverty reduction.
We look at this in the specific contexts of Southern Africa (Southern African Development Community (SADC)) and South America (Union of South American Nations (Union of South American Nations)). Our project focuses on health. Both SADC and UNASUR have clear health mandates and contain many of the world's most impoverished populations, for whom denial of access to basic health care and medicines is a persistent issue and a key social determinant of ill-health. Lack of access to health care and medicines is disproportionately borne by women and girls.