The Southern Africa Trust supports civil society organisations in southern Africa to participate effectively and with credibility in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor can have better impact in the development of public policies.
Working at grassroots level, we seek to bring together the decision makers and those in need, to alleviate poverty and inequality through policy influence and global advocacy.
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.
We build capacity for civic organisations so they can actively engage with regional policy processes.
We promote private sector and informal cross-border traders by involving them the regional processes of trade and industrial development.
We support policy development around migration to address its challenges and investigate the effects of socio-economic impact.
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, who seek to drive sustainable community development and growth.