The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an inter-governmental organisation with 15 member states, based in Gaborone, Botswana. Its stated purpose is to facilitate and promote socio-economic cooperation and regional integration as well as political and security cooperation.
The SADC WE WANT campaign is led and coordinated by a civil society Apex Alliance. The Apex Alliance is a regional civil society organization that came into being in 2010, as an alliance between SADC Council of NGOs (SADC-CNGO), Southern African Trade Unions Coordination Council (SATUCC) and The Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA).
The Apex Alliance partners convened the 8th Civil Society Forum (CSF) in August 2012 in Maputo, Mozambique. The CSF is a space where leaders of NGOs, churches, trade unions, social movements and other civil society structures come together to discuss a wide range of regional integration and development issues affecting the SADC region. The theme for the 8th CSF was “The SADC We Want” and it produced a comprehensive resolution which forms the basis for this campaign.
Our chief aim is to promote and facilitate civil society contributions towards regional integration and development in line with Articles 16A and 23 of the SADC Treaty from the standpoint of civil society guided by the need to ensure sustainable people-centred development, open and accountable governance and participatory democracy.
The three core campaign demands made of the SADC heads of state: 1. That they agree to a SADC Parliament by 2015. 2. That they immediately agree to the establishment of a Regional Court of Justice. 3. That they sign, ratify and domesticate the Protocol on the Facilitation of the Movement of Persons.
The SADC WE WANT campaign calls for active participation in regional unity towards a prosperous and inclusive SADC that enables meaningful participation for all people, in all of the political, social and economic issues facing the region. 1. Sign the online petition. 2. Sign and Send Postcard to a head of SADC state.