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PRESS RELEASE – Regional civil society organisations continue pushing for accountability across Southern Africa

Regional civil society organisations continue pushing for accountability across southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

On 13th and 14th September, civil society organisations from across southern Africa will meet online and parallel gatherings across six different locations (Johannesburg, Dodoma, Harare, Lilongwe, Lusaka, and Maputo to assess the progress of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in implementing its 10-year strategy, the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-30.

Co-convened by 14 regionally-focused organisations, the event will focus on the importance of socially accountable public resource management in the region’s development. The theme of this year´s dialogue is ´Accelerating SADC’s Development through the Socially Accountable Generation and Use of Public Resources.´

Participants will review how SADC member states have worked toward strengthening accountability in the generation and management of public resources to ensure delivery of effective public services. The dialogue will focus on identifying progress and challenges in the key social sectors of health, education, and agricultural sectors; assess regional actions supportive of women and young people; and interrogate the generation of resources for development through industrialisation and trade.

This year’s dialogue will explore how the region is responding to the growing impact of climate change on development. The dialogue will also provide recommendations on advancing the implementation of the RISDP’s regional and national plans.

Registration for the event is open, and journalists are encouraged to attend. You can register for the event here. You can also read the concept note for more details here.


Notes to editors

About the co-conveners: The dialogue is convened by Southern Africa Trust, Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), Southern Africa Coordination Council (SATUCC), SADC Council of NGOs, Care International, Global Campaign for Education, Trust Africa, SADC Youth Forum (SAYoF), Agenda 2063 Media Network, and the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance ((a consortium of ActionAid International (AAI), Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) of Rhodes University, Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS).

About the SADC RISDP 2020-2030: The RISDP covers key areas of regional integration: peace, security, and good governance (the foundation); industrial development and market integration (pillar I); infrastructure development in support of regional integration (pillar II); social and human capital development (pillar III); and cross-cutting issues of gender, youth, environment, climate change and disaster risk management. The full document is available at

More information: Contact the PSA Alliance