INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW OF CURRENT REGIONAL INTEGRATION PROGRAMS AND PERSPECTIVES
IN MERCOSUR AND SADC
This research exercise is important in order to 'set the scene' on the current 'state of play' in these two regions and in order to establish a broad framework within which the participants in this project can start out; that is, with
• pictures of their respective regions according to a common methodology and similar criteria, as a basis for their exchanges, comparative assessments and further cooperative engagements;
• overviews within which civil society organisations can begin to assess what is already happening in terms of cross-border plans and actual practical programs in their respective regions;
• bases from which they can begin to critique what is already underway or emerging in their regions, and discuss and conceptualise, create and promote alternatives;
• and a common basis from which they can develop cross-border exchanges, investigations and actions within their regions and with their counterparts in similar regions.