Deepening Integration in SADC: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

The objective of this lecture was to stimulate a critical and high-level discourse on regional integration with specific focus on the SADC region. The main objective of this lecture was to understand the current state of affairs within the SADC region – achievements, opportunities and challenges; and then provide recommendations to unlock critical interventions that can facilitate further regional integration. Some of these included: Strengthening linkages between the SADC secretariat and member states; Highlighting critical issues that face women, children and other vulnerable groups; Taking advantage of the region’s growing young workforce; Promoting equality among member states; Strengthening peace and security in the region; Creating a more enabling environment for the private sector.