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Giving a voice to marginalised communities in Southern Africa

The Southern Africa Trust channels the voices and the vibrancy of the vulnerable through policy in the 16 SADC countries.

We are a non-profit organisation that undertakes activities that contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality. These include activities related to public policy, official poverty reduction processes, human rights, stakeholder engagement, human and economic development, research, training and capacity building.

Our work strengthens the voice and agency of poor people in regional policy processes, to reduce poverty and inequality in Southern Africa, in ways that promote regional interconnection and a regional agenda. Our mission is to support deeper and wider civil society engagement in regional policy dialogue to overcome poverty.

We engage in programmes with partners across the Southern Africa region. Read our latest news updates and press releases.
Unprecedented Times: SADC Regional Integration Agenda responding to COVID-19

Southern Africa Development Community will be adopting new measures and taking steps that will help the region to contain the spread...

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SADC Regional CSO Consultation on the COVID-19 Crisis

Fifteen civil society organisations convened a regional dialogue to respond to pertinent issues arising from COVID-19

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Making Cross Border Trade work for Women in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Women play key roles in trade and agriculture in the region yet remain the most disadvantaged participants within these sectors.

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Swaziland hosts dialogue on migration

Representatives from civil society, government and the private sector met in Mbabane, Swaziland in August to discuss

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Upholding democracy, human rights and conservation

For decades Botswana has maintained an enviable international reputation as an ‘African miracle’ due in large part to its robust democracy

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Thematic Focus

Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment

We identify key drivers of regional organisations in Southern Africa and support their programmes for development and poverty eradication.

African Philanthropy

We promote and support sustainable philanthropic activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in Africa.

Human Development

We engage with poor and marginalised people, and connect them with the policymakers that can bring about positive change.

Sustainable Development Goals

While all 17 global goals are relevant, we prioritise those that resonate with the aspirations and mandate of the Trust, and that are key in the eradication of poverty and inequality.

Trade and Industrialisation

We promote private sector and informal cross-border traders by involving them in the regional processes of trade and industrial development.

Migration and Development

We support policy development that seeks to address migration challenges and investigate its socio-economic impact.

Society Talks is a public dialogue that informs, engages and shares the experiences of marginalised communities.
Reflecting on the Southern Africa Region’s Different Responses to COVID-19

In the first instalment of Society Talks, the conversation centred on the responses of various governments in the SADC region, just after the announcement of projected COVID-19 numbers in Africa: a million infections,with 300 000 expected fatalities

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The Experiences of Community Foundations Amidst COVID-19 Responses

#COVID19 has impacted Community Foundations who play a major role in meeting the needs of marginalised groups. Society Talks hosts Foundation representatives to share their COVID-19 experiences of and responses to the pandemic.

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The Importance of Disaster Preparedness in a Time of Climate Change

COVID19 reminds us of the criticality of Disaster Preparedness as a means to ensure the impact of disasters & pandemics are kept to a minimum. This Society Talks conversation focused on the need for disaster preparedness, to ensure that the impact of natural disasters and pandemics are kept to a minimum

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Food Security and how Smallholder Farmers are Critical to Community Survival

In its sixth instalment, Society Talks hosted a dialogue centred on smallholder farmers and their role in community survival. The panellists were from South African Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA), Mozambique National Small-Scale Farmers Forum (UNAC), and the Eastern & Southern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum (ESAF).

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Informal Cross Border Trade in Southern Africa and how the Sector will Recover

In the third instalment, Society Talks hosted a conversation that looked at the impact that COVID-19 has had on the small-scale cross border trade. Panellists were from the Malawi Cross Border Traders Association, the Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association in Zambia, Trade Law Centre, and the Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association.

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COVID-19 Economic Relief Packages and the Future of Social Protection

In the second instalment, Society Talks centred on the economic relief responses from government that have been made available to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also looking at the gaps in policy and what needs to change in future. 

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Swaziland hosts dialogue on migration

Representatives from civil society, government and the private sector met in Mbabane, Swaziland in August to discuss

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Upholding democracy, human rights and conservation

For decades Botswana has maintained an enviable international reputation as an ‘African miracle’ due in large part to its robust democracy

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