The Southern African Development Community (SADC) collaborates with bilateral and multilateral International Cooperating Partners (ICPs), as well as other organisations that provide development assistance to SADC, to facilitate mobilisation of resources for the attainment of the SADC’s regional integration and poverty reduction priorities. The partnership assists SADC to deliver specifically on the implementation of the Region’s two primary key strategies:
- The Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and
- The Strategic Indicative Plan of the Organ (SIPO).
ICP support to SADC is guided by a framework of cooperation referred to as the “Windhoek Declaration on a New Partnership between the Southern African Development Community and the International Cooperating Partners”, adopted in Windhoek, Namibia, in April 2006. This declaration is based largely on the five key principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, namely: (1) Ownership, (2) Alignment, (3) Harmonisation (4) Managing for Results and (5) Mutual Accountability. The Windhoek Declaration is the main framework articulating strategic areas of cooperation between SADC and the ICPs and setting the ground for ICPs support to the SADCCommon Agenda.
The Windhoek Declaration also defines the commitments by SADC and ICPs, outlines the mechanisms and approaches necessary to ensure a fully coordinated, harmonised and coherent ICP support to regional economic integration and prepares the ground for more effective coordination, information-sharing, strategic policy dialogue, as well as technical and financial support to the Region’s integration agenda.Read More
Following the review of the Windhoek Declaration concluded in May 2012 and approved by the SADC Council of Ministers in August 2012, the SADC-ICP partnership dialogue is based on two distinct levels. Level 1: The Core Group and Level 2: Thematic Groups.
The purpose of the Core Group is to maximise the effectiveness of the Windhoek Declaration and SADC-ICP Partnership Statement through an efficient overarching structure for dialogue between SADC and ICPs, and improve the coordination and programming of cooperation in order to achieve the greatest possible impact of ICP assistance to the region, consistent with the SADC Policy on Strategy Development, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (SPME) and the SADC Resource Mobilisation Strategy.Read More