In order to achieve its vision and strategic objectives, SADC-CNGO will work closely with its members, regional thematic networks, faith-based organisations, trade unions, social movements and other civil society partners across the region. The primary role of the SADCCNGO Secretariat in Gaborone is not that of an ‘implementer’, neither is it that of a funder for national programmes. Instead, SADC-CNGO serves as a catalyst, coordinator, initiator, stimulator and facilitator for meaningful civil society participation in regional processes for the purpose of influencing policies at national, regional and international levels. As such, SADC-CNGO is uniquely positioned to relay information, raise awareness and seek consensus with allied formations fairly rapidly on issues of regional importance.