The 2014 Ebola Outbreak

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  • Title: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: A Major Threat to Africa’s Integration Aspirations
  • Author(s): Mabvuto Kango
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Global Studies
  • Journal Title: The Global Studies Journal
  • Keywords: Globalization, Integration, Ebola, Region, Outbreak, Cross-border, Trade, African Union
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2017
  • ISSN: 1835-4432 (Print)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1835-4432/CGP/v10i01/17-24
  • Citation: Kango, Mabvuto. 2017. "The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: A Major Threat to Africa’s Integration Aspirations." The Global Studies Journal 10 (1): 17-24. doi:10.18848/1835-4432/CGP/v10i01/17-24.
  • Extent: 7 pages

Abstract

Globalisation is the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa. Global integration (globalisation) involves a strategy of consolidating international markets and operations into a single worldwide strategic entity. The 1990s witnessed a wave of regional integration initiatives all over the world. Not wanting to be left out of this promising initiative, the African Union (AU) came up with its domesticated version of globalisation by adopting a vision of having an integrated Africa. In the wake of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa, flights were cancelled, borders were closed, and airport entry restrictions were put in place. These measures were likely impediments to integration due to possible reduction in cross-border trading, meetings, and other forms of activity that are enablers of integration.