Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages in Southern Africa
Title: Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages in SADC (SNRL)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-funded by the European Union
Country: Southern African Development Community
Lead executing agency: Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat
Overall term: 2016 to 2022
Economic growth and poverty eradication in Southern Africa are best achieved if countries and institutions work together – that is why the 16 Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) developed a common regional agenda guided by the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP).
In the SADC treaty and in over 30 regional protocols and policies, the SADC member states have committed to specific national actions to achieve these common goals. There is, however, a notable gap between commitments and achievements in the Member States. In many cases, national coordinating structures are dormant or do not exist at all. The alignment between national and SADC plans as well as collaboration between national coordinating structures and Member States’ planning and budgeting authorities is poor.
SADC member states’ structures are facilitating and coordinating the implementation of the regional agenda at the national level.
To bridge the implementation gap, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports SADC Member States to establish and strengthen national structures that coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the regional agenda. These include SADC National Committees that bring together relevant government authorities and non-governmental actors to work together towards implementing SADC protocols and policies at the national level. Such structures play an important role, for example, in synchronising national plans and regional priorities – thereby making it easier to integrate the implementation of the regional agenda into national plans and budgets.
GIZ also supports national governments and non-governmental actors to monitor the progress in implementing the SADC regional agenda in Member States, with a focus on the revised RISDP 2015-2020. The monitoring information feeds into SADC’s monitoring and evaluation system and is also used to communicate the economic and political benefits of regional integration, which are often overlooked.
To achieve desired results, GIZ strengthens the capacities of government decision-makers, managers, non-governmental actors, parliamentarians, the media and other key stakeholders. It focuses on SADC protocols and policies in the areas of agriculture, industrialisation and infrastructure. By supporting the regional level and Member States, GIZ targets important stakeholders whose involvement is needed to successfully implement SADC’s regional agenda.
GIZ also builds the capacity of SADC Member States to mobilise financial and other resources for the implementation of the SADC agenda. By aligning national with regional plans such as the revised RISDP 2015-2020, implementation structures in the Member States are supported to tap into funding from national budget authorities and international cooperating partners.
Since 2018, the European Union is co-funding the Programme.