"This paper explores some of the key issues related to FDI in Southern Africa. It takes a look at comparative patterns and trends of investment flows in developing regions (including the SADC). In addition, an account of the institutional and regulatory framework in the SADC region and consequences for investment flows into SADC, is provided. No doubt SADC countries face major obstacles to achieving greater investment levels and as such, the paper looks at the major constraints within SADC in attracting sustainable FDI flows, and the reasons behind the slow growth in domestic investment within those SADC economies. Case studies are employed to illustrate the key issues at the micro-level that affect investment decisions in the SADC. In the final part of the paper a discussion follows on some of the policy conclusion that are derived from the analysis of foreign direct investment flows in the SADC region."