"This report sets out to take stock of the current relations between SADC and its international co-operating partners (ICPs) - the foreign donor agencies providing support and assistance to the institution and its programme of action. It identifies obstacles and opportunities for making progress and discusses the current efforts to establish modalities and mechanisms for a new partnership between SADC and donors. Chapter 1 briefly summarises the history of SADC and its relations with external aid agencies and outlines the structure of the report. Chapter 2 provides an overview and analysis of the volume, composition and main trends in regional support by major donor countries and agencies. Chapter 3 provides an overview of the current mechanisms for dialogue and co-ordination between SADC and the foreign donors. The final chapter analyses the new efforts to restructure a partnership between SADC and the donors based on the Paris Declaration."