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 identify key drivers of regional organisations in Southern Africa and support their programmes for development and poverty eradication.
We promote and support sustainable philanthropic activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in Africa.
We engage with poor and marginalised people, and connect them with the policymakers that can bring about positive change.
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.
We promote private sector and informal cross-border traders by involving them in the regional processes of trade and industrial development.
We support policy development that seeks to address migration challenges and investigate its socio-economic impact.
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
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
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).
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.
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.
To keep up with changes in the philanthropic and funding landscape, the Trust provides services to organisations that seek to gain value from our deep understanding of the SADC region’s civil society movements, investment needs, development and fund management.
This is of interest to mission-driven corporates thinking about Corporate Social Investment (CSI) structures, and seek to drive sustainable community development and growth.