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2004-Southern Africa-Regional Assistance Strategy Paper
The Regional Assistance Strategy Paper (RASP) for Southern Africa is the first in the series of assistance strategy papers with a regional integration focus to be prepared by the African Development Bank. The Bank Group policy on Economic Co-operation and Regional Integration, which, was approved by the Boards of Directors in March 2001 requires the Bank to select and support organisations that can effectively foster regional integration efforts. Consistent with the founding mission of the Bank Group, regional integration has re-emerged as one of the central mandates of the 8th and 9th Replenishment of ADF, with the Deputies earmarking part of ADF resources for multinational operations that enhance regional integration.