Researcher: Ezequiel Israel Jonas

Supervisor(s): Cristina Odete Udelsmann Rodrigues

Participant Institutions: PhD in African Studies

Keywords: regionalism, micro-regionalism, border, bilateral agreements, Angola, Namíbia


Regionalism is a political ideology that seeks to integrate a region or regions in order to achieve economic, social, political and cultural development. For this purpose, it was conducted an investigation in order to analyse the dynamics of the origin of the micro-regions located in the South Angola and North Namibia borders. This was a qualitative study, with a compound concept, using a sample of one hundred thirty-five (135) subjects: one hundred and six (106) from Angola and twenty-nine (29) from Namibia; it was used seven types of questionaries, addressed to: commercial entities players, bancs, official organisms, banks, official organisms, customs, security, informal businessman, among others. Results were analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively. They show that there has been interchange and cooperation in the areas of defence, security, commerce, energy, water, fishing, tourism, transports and common culture; that they have a common politics founded upon international law, as well as agreements such as the currency conversion agreement, whose application didn’t produce the expected results of achieving the desired progress for the countries involved. Therefore, it can be concluded that, in the micro-region of South Angola and North Namibia, the efforts that have been being made are not allowing local development, competitiveness or mobility, neither the construction of regional infrastructures, which could lead to nations development.

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