The SADC Secretariat and USAID Southern Africa reviewed the portfolio of regional prorammes supported by USAID in the SADC Region. The meeting noted the SADC priorities as outlined in the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Plan (RISDP), in particular the milestones to be achieved over the period from 2015 to 2020 under the implementation of the RISDP.
The meeting noted progress made in the programmes that are currently supported by USAID Programmes: Regional Food Security, Agriculture and Trade Programme; Regional Enviroment Programme; Regional HIV and AIDS Programme; and Youth Programme. It was noted that USAID is embarking on the development of a new Regional Strategy for Southern Africa and that this offers an opportunity to further re-align the programme interventions towards the achievement of priority milestones under the Revised RISDP.
In conclusion and way forward, the meeting agreed on alignment of activities with milestones with a view of facilitating adherence to approved priorities, effective monitoring, and to avoid duplication while enhancing national regional linkages. The meeting also agreed to continue cooperating and partnering with other stakeholders in implementing projects supported by USAID through subsidiarity and additionality principles.
The SADC Secretariat delegation in this meeting was led by the Executive Secretary H.E. Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax while the USAID delegation was led by the Mission Director for Southern Africa, Ms Cheryl Anderson. The meeting was also attended by officials from both SADC Secretariat and the USAID Southern Africa Office.
1. SADC Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr Stergomena Lawrence & Mission Director for Southern Africa, Ms Cheryl Anderson
2. SADC Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr Stergomena Lawrence & Mission Director for Southern Africa, Ms Cheryl Anderson & Officials from SADC Secretariat & USAID Southern Africa Office