The SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO) is a regional umbrella body of NGOs operating in all the 15 Member States of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). SADC-CNGO was formed in 1998 with the aim of facilitating effective and meaningful engagement between civil society in the region and SADC institutions at both national and regional levels. These include: the Summit of Heads of State and Government, Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation; SADC National Committees (SNCs), SADC Tribunal and the SADC Secretariat.