SADC countries are active contributors in United Nations and African Union peace support operations with contributions ranging from military observers, civilian police and the "blue helmets". A significant number of civilians are also serving in African Union and United Nations operations on an individually-recruited basis.
The SADC Brigade was established in 2008 as the regional component of the African Union's Standby Force. Training of the Brigade is a key priority for SADC and prompted the establishment of the Regional Peace Keeping Training Centre. The Centre is one of the main implementing entities of the SADC Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (SIPO) in areas of peace keeping training.
SADC's peacekeeping initiatives include:
Standby Force and SADC Brigade: The SADC Brigade was established under the African Standby Force Policy Framework and is made up of resources pledged by SADC Member States on standby arrangement and comprising the military, the police and civilian components; and