Learning for Better Poverty Reduction Results

Business for Development Pathfinder

Business for Development (B4D)

The objective of the Business for Development (B4D) Pathfinder initiative is to promote sustainable and competitive business practices that contribute to development and poverty eradication in Southern Africa. It aims to encourage the adoption of an inclusive business model and to build partnerships between business, government, civil society and donors in support of pro-poor business development approaches in SADC. The initiative has also developed an online assessment tool to enable businesses to measure the performance of their inclusive business practices, and provide guidance to implement and expand inclusive business.

Cross Border Migration And Social Protection

This initiative is aimed at building knowledge on the social protection system in SADC, especially with respect to portability and exportability of social benefits for migrant workers and efficiency in remittance transfers. The initiative also considers the potential role of informal social protection instruments in the regional social security system, as a result of increased informalisation of economic activities and the need to extend the social security system to reach those engaged in the informal sector, such as cross border traders.

Food Security and Livelihoods

The aim of this initiative is to identify and promote development strategies in the region that ensure that agriculture plays its full role in ensuring not only adequate food production, but also economic and social development. It strengthens, through the Trust’s grant making facility, the impact of poverty reduction policies on the ground and communicates new knowledge and lessons for policy influence.


This initiative aims to support regional processes that will ensure that regional and national trade policies are informed and reflect the priorities of the poor, for economic growth and poverty eradication. The Trust has prioritised support to informal cross border traders in the SADC region, to facilitate an enabling environment for them to engage policy makers on their priorities and challenges in order to inform policy development, as well as demand accountability in relation to policy implementation.