In August 2010, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat conducted a Desk Assessment Review of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. The assessment tracks the status of the implementation of the programmes and activities of the plan by the key actors and high lights the key achievements, challenges and lessons learned over the five year period (2005-2010). The following criteria were used for the assessment:
- Coherence of interventions – determining that the programmes and projects implemented are those that have been agreed upon and are in line with the key priority areas.
- Effectiveness – investigating the extent to which the planned outputs have been achieved.
- Efficiency – analysing the use of resources (financial, technical, equipment and support services) to find if they are adequate and used efficiently.
Overall, the assessment concludes that more effort is still needed in all the key areas identified in the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. Moving forward SADC and its Member States should take into cognisance the challenges currently facing implementation to create an effective strategy over the remaining 10 years. While the desk assessment begins to give a general idea of implementation performance; it is limited. A broader, more comprehensive, independent review would provide a better analysis providing inputs of all stakeholders, showcasing the effects of the interventions achieved so far and map a way forward.
SADC, currently has begun an independent review of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan implementation framework Member States and external stakeholders from civil society,private sector and others to reflect on key issues that should become priorities in the next implementation phase.