Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages in Southern Africa

Project description

Title: Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages in SADC (SNRL)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: 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 by working together, which the 16 Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are doing by developing a common Regional Agenda guided by the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RRISDP). The SADC Treaty, and more than 30 regional protocols and policies have committed SADC Member States to pursue national action designed to move toward achieving common goals. However, there is still a notable gap between the Member States concerning regional commitments and achievements. This is caused by dormant or non-existent national coordinating structures, a weak alignment of national and regional plans, and insufficient collaboration between national coordinating structures and Member States’ planning and budget authorities. The “Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages in SADC” (SNRL) programme is funded by Germany and co-financed by the European Union. SNRL supports SADC Member States so that they can better coordinate, monitor and mobilise resources to implement the Regional Agenda. 


The SNRL Programme is enhancing the capacity of SADC Member States’ structures to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the Regional Agenda at national level.


To bridge the implementation gap, the programme supports Member States in establishing and consolidating national structures to achieve the regional agenda. These include SADC National Committees that bring together relevant government authorities and non-state actors to work 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 as they facilitate the integration and implementation of the Regional Agenda into national plans and budgets. The programme also supports a monitoring system, and the information gained from this is used to communicate the economic and political benefits of regional integration, which are often overlooked. The programme also builds the capacity of Member States to mobilise financial and other resources required to national implementation of the regional agenda. By aligning national with regional plans, implementation structures in the Member States can tap into funding from national budget authorities and international cooperating partners.


The SNRL programme has accelerated progress in implementing the SADC
regional agenda, thus achieving the following, among other things:

  • More than 1,060 actors and stakeholders from a wide range of fields have received knowledge, skills and tools to facilitate, manage, monitor and report on the implementation of key SADC instruments in agriculture, industrialisation and infrastructure.
  • More than 450 media representatives have been capacitated to promote and catalyse dialogue on the development of regional policies that improve socio-economic development and integration in the SADC region.
  • More than 390 experts now have the capacities to monitor and evaluate progress in SADC regional strategies and protocols.
  • Training has been given to more than 100 government policymakers, managers and technicians to design effective industrial polices at national level. 
  • Regional Integration Agenda trainings have enabled more than 180 Member State provincial focal points and non-state actors’ representatives to better drive and support the implementation of SADC policies.
  • SNRL has provided training for 130 participants on gender development and gender mainstreaming.

Last update: April 2021


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