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    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat is the Principal Executive Institution of SADC, responsible for strategic planning,facilitation and co-ordination and management of all SADC Programmes. It is headed by the SADC Executive Secretary and is located in Gaborone, Botswana.

    The SADC Secretariat structure is designed to maximise and support the facilitation of the Member State policies and programmes to best contribute to the overall objectives of SADC – achieving Regional Integration and Poverty Alleviation

    Guided by a Vision, Mission and Mandate, the SADC Secretariat performs the function of strategic planning and management of the programmes of SADC through sectoral and administrative roles:

    • Vision, Mission & Mandate

      The SADC Secretariat is guided by a Vision and Mission, outlining the Mandate for the institution.

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    • SADC Executive

      Comprising the Executive Secretary, Deputy Executive Secretary: Regional Integration, and Deputy Executive Secretary: Finance and Administration.

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    • Directorates & Units

      SADC Secretariat is organised into three major groups of Directorates and Units, each under the responsibility of a member of the SADC Executive.

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    • Services & Centres

      Specialised SADC centres address important activities, such as poverty and regional peace keeping, while some of the Directorates supply a range of thematic services.

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    • Institutional Strengthening

      A summary of on-going Institutional Strengthening activities taking place within the SADC Secretariat.

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    Priority Intervention Areas

    The key priority areas of work for the SADC Secretariat are called “intervention areas”. These are:

    Organisational Structure

    Linked to this structure at national level are the SADC National Committees and SADC National Contact Points, who are responsible for technical matters in the respective Member States.