About Us

Established in 2005 to support civil society organisations, the aim of the Southern Africa Trust has always been to bridge the gap between the poor and impoverished, and the policymakers who enable change.

Having proven the impact and effectiveness of our work over the past decade and a half, we continue with our original mandate of collaboration, but have extended it to include facilitation and enablement, through regional programme level influence.

We are mandated to work on a non-profit basis, engaging in activities that contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality.

With over 300 million citizens of southern Africa living in poverty, our objectives are to reverse these conditions, through the support of regional and national efforts. Ultimately, we want to enable the voices of the poor to reach to necessary audiences, affording them the opportunity as unrepresented stakeholders to impact the development of public policies.

The strategic objectives of our organisation focus on six key areas:


Our research, facilitation and enablement efforts contain a wealth of strategic information, that we want to share with the policy community. Our Knowledge Hub is a portal of the regional development policy and the results we have achieved, available to the people and organisations that work with those in need.


We engage with poor and marginalised people and connect them with the policymakeWe are an active supporter of regional citizenry, giving a voice to those who need to be heard, accountable for our actions.rs that can bring about positive change.


Building platforms within public, private and civil society sectors, actively engaging with grassroots representation.


We believe in investing in people – to create a value and results-driven learning culture.

Institutional Efficiency

Using our influence to bring about efficiency and effectiveness


Building institutional and mission sustainability, within and beyond the SADC region.

The Way Forward

Operating in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, consisting of 16 countries, we see our company positioned in six distinct roles, as a:

  1. Evidence-based Policy Advocacy and Capacity Builder
  2. Creator of alliances, networks and coalitions in policy influence
  3. Promoter of African philanthropy initiatives
  4. Provider of the Knowledge Hub
  5. Broker of systemic change
  6. Specialist investment service provider

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