Promoting regional trade, industrialisation and peace and security in Southern Africa

Cooperation for Enhancement of SADC Regional Economic Integration (CESARE)

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  • Client

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Co-financier

    European Union, Austrian Development Agency

  • Political sponsors


  • Runtime

    2018 to 2023

  • Products and expertise

    Economic development and employment



The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has 16 Member States dedicated to promoting politically stable, socially fair and long-term economic development in the region. To this end, it seeks to work jointly to combat poverty and to ensure peace, democracy and security across national borders. Its Member States have considerable economic potential, with natural resources and a sizeable common regional market as important competitive advantages. Around 350 million people live in this area.

However, exports outside the region are still largely unprocessed raw materials. SADC economies need modernisation, competitiveness and a diversification of products to promote trade. As regional strategic goals for peace and security are not being implemented consistently, it is difficult for the region to increase their share of world trade by exporting processed products. The CESARE programme aims to improve the conditions for regional economic integration in the areas of industrialisation, trade, good governance as well as peace and security.


The requirements for regional economic integration in the areas of industrialisation, trade as well as peace and security have improved.


The project activities include:

  • delivering technical advice in areas such as trade facilitation and supporting negotiations and the implementation of trade in services nationally (implemented in part by GFA Consulting Group).
  • improving regional leather value chains and related services working closely with relevant leather-industry actors to increase the quality of products (cofinanced by EU).
  • supporting the integration of local pharmaceutical companies into the regional anti-retroviral (ARV) value chain and improving future pandemic preparedness (cofinanced by EU).
  • enhancing SADC’s capabilities in areas like peace support operations, anti-corruption and good governance
  • contributing towards strengthening parliamentary capacity in the SADC Region as the SADC Parliamentary Forum is transforming into a regional parliament (cofinanced by ADA)
  • improving women’s economic empowerment by supporting the participation of female entrepreneurs in selected regional value chains and their financial inclusion (implemented in part by GOPA Worldwide Consultants).

Last update: April 2023

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