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SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE UPCOMING 10th CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM | Southern African Trade Union Co-ordination Council
Southern Africa Trade Union Co-ordination Council

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Dear All,


The Regional Apex Alliance partners consisting of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA); Southern Africa Trade Unions Coordinating Council (SATUCC) and SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO) wish to remind all stakeholders that the 10th  Southern Africa Civil Society Forum will be held from 27th  to 31st  July 2014 at CRESTA

The Civil Society Forum is an annual event that brings together various stakeholders to dialogue and reflect on issues affecting the Southern African Development Community in an effort to contribute to its development and the empowerment of citizens to take charge of their own development. At the same time the forum is a platform for civil society to:

  1. Contribute to and create synergy with the agenda of SADC;
  2. Impact on the  Summit of Heads of State and Governments;
  3. Plan and develop independent actions and priorities for regional civil society for the coming year, including identifying key campaigns, movement building and areas of collaboration;

The CSF has been held since 2005 under different themes relevant to the emerging issues and related challenges experienced and/or are under consideration by SADC during the year. The forthcoming Civil Society Forum theme will be ACTING TOGETHER FOR ACCOUNTABILITY PEACE and INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT. The theme will be underpinned by the following broad thematic areas;

  1. Democracy, governance and accountability in the SADC region
    1. Peace and Democracy including the democratisation process, elections and Human rights
    2. The efficacy of institutions of Governance and oversight
    3. Member driven and Accountable civil society d.   Combating Corruption
  2. Inclusive Development and Poverty Eradication
    1. Equitable allocation of resources and tackling prevailing inequalities
    2. Ensuring accountable service delivery (infrastructure, health, energy, water, education, shelter and transportation)
    3. Ensuring gender responsive development
    4. Transition from Informal economy to formality e.   Tackling Youth Employment
  3. Financing development in the SADC region
    1. Resource governance b.   Tax Justice
    2. The “investment conundrum”
    3. Domestic resource mobilisation
    4. The need for a Developmental State
  4. The SADC We Want Campaign: where are we as a region
    1. The Tribunal
    2. Regional Parliament
    3. Free Movement of People

Stakeholders are therefore urged to begin preparations for the upcoming forum around the key issues identified above by the regional steering committee. Those interested in hosting side events are requested to contact the undersigned by for logistics.

Please see the 10th  Civil Society Forum concept for  more information. Should you require any additional information, our office will be pleased to provide it to you at number (+267) 3912982 or contact  Rangarirai  Machemedze  at   rangariraim@sadc-cngo.org.bw  or  Jeannie  Olesitse  at   sadc-cngo@sadc-cngo.org.bw .

Yours sincerely,

Boichoko A. Ditlhake
Executive Director