Influencing Policy to End Poverty
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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Call For Nominations: Independent Non-Executive Trustees

We are looking for exceptional individuals to contribute to our exciting agenda at a time of unprecedented challenge and opportunity.

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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.

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