This project is part of EJN’s programme of policy advocacy to promote pro-poor policy formulation in the SADC region.

The EJN Advocacy Towards SADC Programme focuses on the engagement of the SADC Secretariat and member states. Our objective is to encourage the member states to develop policies, frameworks and strategies that assist in promoting economic development in the region. The main focus of our work is poverty alleviation and regional integration. We adopted a strategy of working in conjunction with regional organisations and networks as a means of having a stronger voice in our engagement of the SADC.

EJN will continue to strengthen its relationship with the SADC Council of NGOs (SADC CNGO) and Southern African Trade Union Coordinating Council (SATUCC) with a view towards strategizing on SADC engagement issues. Together with these Apex organizations, EJN co-convenes the annual SADC NGO Forum and as a member of the Southern Africa Poverty Solidarity Network (SAPSN) participates in the annual People’s Summit. Both these spaces were created to unify the voice of SADC civil society to come up with policy responses on the side-lines of the annual SADC Heads of State Summit. EJN has supported Informal Cross Border Trading (ICBT) in the SADC Region by coming up with a set of tools and programme activities for the benefit of cross border traders. It participated with the establishment of the SADC Poverty Observatory to monitor how poverty issues are being addressed in the SADC.