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The Experience and Challenges of Women in the SADC Region: The Case of Trade and Agriculture Sectors

The trade and agricultural sectors play a key role in socio-economic development of the SADC region. Across the world evidence suggests that trade is an engine of growth, but agriculture on the other hand remains central to poverty reduction. Wome...

Towards an Instrument for the Portability of Social Security Benefits in the Southern African Development Community

The right to social security is a fundamental human right guaranteed to all persons. However, non-citizens are not always granted access to social security because of discriminatory provisions in national social security laws and the ‘nationality ...

State of the Union South Africa Report 2010

"This report deals with South Africa’s compliance with 12 selected AU instruments. Eight of these 12 instruments are treaties while four are strategies, resolutions or plans of action. While treaties are legally binding on States Parties, resolut...

2013 Study to Audit and Monitor Compliance and Implementation of Protocols, Conventions and Decisions of the AU Member States South Africa

"This Report has illustrated that South Africa has developed one of the most progressive legislative frameworks to protect citizens’ rights, in particular political, economic and social rights, as well as the rights of women, people with disabilit...

Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa Towards a New Regulatory Common Sense

"This report analyses the political economy of legislation governing the doing of philanthropy in Africa. It pays particular attention to trends and specific country contexts and how these drive national or global agendas. It analyses the enabling...

Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue

"The dialogue focused on the opportunities for smallholder farmers, who form the majority of the farmers in the region, that are being envisioned and created by the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) as it is being formulated, and the existin...

Regional Cross Border Trade Stakeholder Dialogue

"The dialogue focused on the following critical issues: I. The TFTA and its negotiation processes, II. The Southern African Development Community Free Trade Area (SADC FTA) III. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and I...

Pro-Poor Development at Regional Level - Challenges and Options

This workshop identifies obstacles for implementing the Base of the Pyramid and Inclusive business concepts specific for the southern African Region. Companies actively developed a list of the major hindering factors and recommendations for the im...

Africa's Democracy: "Is the Environment Enabling or Disenabling"

The State of the Union Report addresses what lies above and below Africa’s current development trajectory. Too often we only ask what must be done and how it should be done but we seldom ask why our development efforts sometimes works in a sustain...

Aid Effectiveness: Trends and Impacts of Shifting Financial Flows to Civil Society Organisations in Southern Africa

Significant changes are taking place in the global aid architecture. A number of efforts are also being made to mobilise additional development finance and to make aid more effective in reducing poverty.The report notes that civil society has a cr...

Building Bridges out of Poverty How can Infrastructure Development Strengthen Regional Integration to Overcome Poverty in Southern Africa?

"This policy brief looks at the potential of southern Africa’s regional infrastructure interventions to achieve the overall objective to provide support to regional integration and contribute to poverty eradication. It also identifies knowledge an...

Can Smallholder Farmers Address Hunger in the Region? Public Dialogue Report

"Agriculture provides an indispensable part of the livelihoods of the poorest households in southern Africa. The sector is a primary source of income for the rural population and contributes to foreign exchange earnings for southern African econom...

Public Dialogue; Cross Border Migration and the Portability of Social Security Benefits

The purpose of the dialogue was to discuss the critical issues from the increased movement of people in the region in general and South Africa in particular and how these affect their entitlement and access to social protection.

Crossing the Threshold of Regionalism Can We Meet the Social Cost of Integration in Southern Africa?

Access to long-term social security such as pension and health care benefits are of particular concern to migrant workers. They generally lose any benefits that may have been accrued in a host country if they move back to their country of origin a...

Business and Development: Doing Responsible Business in the Southern African Region Final Report

The objective of the dialogue was to deepen the understanding between business and development and engage the stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the media on responsible business practices. It is evident that in ...

Ending the Age of the Marginal Majority An Exploration of Strategies to Overcome Youth Exclusion, Vulnerability and Violence in Southern Africa

This research is a starting point for understanding youth violence regionally. What became clear in the research process was the complexity of youth violence, particularly when a holistic approach is taken to the issues that underpin its manifesta...

Establishing a Civil Society Support Mechanism with the Pan African Parliament (PAP), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

This research presents findings of a study on establishing a civil society interface mechanism with the African Union, in particular those institutions based in Midrand, South Africa: the African Peer Review Mechanism, the New Partnership fo...

Follow the Money: Policies and Practices in Donor Support to Civil Society Formations in Southern Africa

Chapter 1 provides an overview of recent trends and shifts in global aid policies and the role of civil society in development. Chapter 2 provides an overview of recent trends in aid flows and support to civil society in southern Africa. Chapter ...

Regional Integration: Challenges of Regional Integration for Poverty Reduction

The objective of this report was to look at innovative approaches to the challenges pertaining to regional integration for poverty reduction. The discussion concentrated on the regional integration status in the SADC region. It came to the conclus...

How can we make Aid to Civil Society Organisations more Effective in Overcoming Poverty?

"In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, in particular, aid volume to civil society is increasing substantially but is difficult to quantify due to the limited classification of aid by donors as it relates to the definition o...

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