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: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia
Lead executing agency: Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat
Overall term: 2016 to 2022


Economic growth and poverty eradication can be best achieved in Southern Africa by working together. To this end, the 16 Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have signed the SADC Treaty, which has a common Regional Agenda. This defines specific national actions to achieve common goals. However, there still is a notable gap between regional commitments and achievements among the Member States. A main cause of this is a lack of cooperation and coordination among institutions and authorities at all levels. The Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages in SADC (SNRL) programme, funded by Germany and co-financed by the European Union, sets out to better coordinate, monitor and mobilise resources to implement the SADC Regional Agenda.


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


To bridge the implementation gap, SADC Member States receive support in establishing and consolidating national structures that coordinate and facilitate implementation. This involves relevant government authorities and non-state actors who play an important role in synchronising national plans and regional priorities. Making them function better facilitates the integration and implementation of the Regional Agenda into national plans and budgets. This means they can better tap into funding from national budget authorities and international cooperating partners. The programme also provides assistance in monitoring the progress of implementation. The information gained here feeds into SADC’s monitoring and evaluation system, which is also used to communicate the economic and political benefits of regional integration, important aspects that are often overlooked.

Last update: April 2022