Communication and information dissemination

A key role of SADC-CNGO is to ensure that its constituencies have timely and user-friendly information about SADC decisions, institutions, policies and processes. Informs lobbying, advocacy and campaigning. SADC-CNGO devises ways of

collecting, collating, packaging and disseminating information to members and keystakeholders for them to engage effectively with SADC. This is an integral strategy of taking SADC to the people. At the same time, SADC-CNGO  assist its members and other civil society partners to ensure that strategic information from them, reaches the SADC Secretariat and other regional institutions.

SADC-CNGO also plays a key role in ensuring that civil society in the region is mobilized and coordinated in order to engage effectively with SADC. Key interventions include promotion and coordination of the activities of the Alliance Pact between SADC-CNGO, FOCCISA and SATUCC; convening the Annual Southern Africa Civil Society Forum; production of databases of civil society in the region; supporting thematic networks and other relevant platforms for them to participate in SADC decision-making processes from an informed point of view. In addition, SADC-CNGO will also work with and coordinate with other strategic stakeholders, including civil society organisations, media, academia, private sector, SADC related institutions (such as SADC Parliamentary Forum, Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC, SADC Lawyers Associations and SADC Electoral Advisory Council) and African Union structures.

Together with its members and the Apex Alliance members, SADC-CNGO advocate for a supportive operating environment for civil society to operate effectively and for the Institutionalisation of civil society participation in SADC decision making. SADC-CNGO Advocate for the implementations of outcomes of researches and discussions conducted in the previous strategy period on the framework of cooperation between CSOs and SADC at national and regional levels. 

 

 

 

Although SADC has made significant progress towards regional economic integration, a number of challenges still exist that require attention at national and regional levels. These include overlapping memberships to intergovernmental bodies, which also strain Member States’ resources and implementation capacity; lack of sustainable financing for development;  subtle competition amongst SADC Member States; inadequate/weak human resources; poor coordination of programmes at the national level; few/inadequate consultations among stakeholders; macro-economic frameworks that are not harmonized; weak implementation of regional policies and protocols that relate to economic development and integration; marginalization of people aspects of regional integration; poor institutional and infrastructural frameworks; and restricted policy space and resources to implement key regional projects. This programme therefore aims to influence the substance and direction of regional economic integration whilst at the same time promoting economic development paradigms that are people centred.

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SADC We Want is campaign that is in line with the Article 23 of the SADC Treaty, an d it is premised on the belief thatpolicies adopted and implemented through full participation of citizens have the real potential to address developmental challenges facing the region.

SACBTA It is a non profit trade association of informal cross border persons in Southern Africa and other interested parties, that work to strengthen, promote and protect cross border traders in the region by improving the business climate of cross border traders, protecting the rights of cross border trade businesses and assisting the informal cross border traders to improve their sales and profits. National associations that form SACBTA have not less than 100 registered members. By 2014 December, the total number of registered cross border members reached close to 78,0001 of whom 70% are women and 30% men. SACBTA anticipates that the number would grow as more and more people are registering as members.

Poverty Development programme is an advocacy programme aimed at positively influencing the SADC poverty eradication agenda thereby contributing to the realization of regional poverty, global eradication targets and of the MillenniumDevelopment Goals. It seeks to address the structural, historical, global and other drivers of poverty in SADC with view to ensure that SADC and member states step up action against poverty.

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