The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU) have a long standing development partnership on priority areas of regional economic integration, peace and security, regional natural resources management, and institutional capacity building. These priority areas are aligned with SADC’s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2020-2030 and Vision 2050. The priority areas are an all-encompassing approach to regional integration for the peace and prosperity of citizens of Southern Africa.
In support of the SADC’s integration agenda, objectives and strategies, the EU is supporting a number of programmes which include, SADC Dialogue Facility, Integrated Institutional Capacity Building (IICB), Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Action + Programme in SADC Region (GCCA+), Support to Peace and Security in the SADC Region (SPSS), Support to Improving the Investment and Business Environment (SIBE): Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) and Support Programme towards Industrialisation and the Productive Sectors (SIPS).
SADC Dialogue Facility (SDF): The SDF supports regional integration by facilitating dialogue to improve regional policies and the implementation of key priorities. It strengthens partnerships, engagement and participation in the integration process by encouraging peer-to-peer exchanges, sharing of knowledge and experience and the promotion of training.
The Integrated Institutional Capacity Building (IICB): The IICB Programme is primarily aimed at accelerating progress towards the implementation of the SADC regional integration agenda through the strengthening capacity of SADC secretariat and Member State structures under two specific objectives, namely:
(i) to enhance the capacity of SADC Member State structures to facilitate and co-ordinate implementation of the regional agenda at country level; and
(ii) to enhance service delivery by the SADC Secretariat in support of programme/projects planning, co-ordination, resource mobilisation, implementation, monitoring and knowledge-sharing of regional commitments at country level.
Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Action + Programme in SADC Region (GCCA+): The GCCA+ programme supports the SADC Member States capacity to implement commitments made in the Paris Climate Agreement, mainstreaming climate adaptation and mitigation in national sector strategies and to access climate finance.
Support to Peace and Security in the SADC Region (SPSS):SPSS strengthens SADC’s peace and security architecture working in four complementary and interrelated areas:
1) strengthening the capacity for electoral assistance;
2) improving the capacity for gender-sensitive conflict prevention, resolution and management;
3) supporting SADC Member States to detect, prevent and combat transnational organised crime, and;
4) reinforcing the capacity to address the prevalence of sexual and gender based violence in the region.
Support to Improving the Investment and Business Environment (SIBE): SIBE supports the improvement of the rules and regulations that govern investment and the environment in which businesses operate in order to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth and support job creation. It pays special attention to financial inclusion so as to facilitate access to useful and affordable financial products and services.
Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP): TFP aims to increase intra-regional trade by strengthening capacities for streamlining border processes and monitoring and resolving non-tariff and technical barriers to trade; and by promoting implementation of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership agreement by developing a more favourable trading environment, SADC Member States will be able to better integrate in global value chains, creating wealth, jobs and additional government revenues.
Support Programme towards Industrialisation and the Productive Sectors (SIPS): To tackle some key hindrances to industrialisation in the region, SIPS aims to facilitate stronger dialogue between private and public sectors and improve the development and governance of regional leather and pharmaceutical value chains, including enhancing local manufacturing.
Download the programme briefs in PDF from the links below: