Themes

Institutional Strengthening – Internal Governance

Institutional Strengthening – Internal Governance

Themes
SAPSN institutional arrangements are articulated in a 2003 document entitled “Summarized SAPSN Guiding Principles”. The document lays out structural issues, network processes and membership. The governance structures include the Coordinating Committee, General Assembly and the Secretariat. One element of the structure, the secretariat, which was hitherto based on a rotation model, was reviewed by the regional coordinating committee sitting as part of the strategic retreat and a decision for immediate implementation was taken – to cease the rotation and adopt a permanent secretariat, with a time frame of a maximum of twelve months given for this change to take effect. This change will call for a revision of several aspects of the Guiding Principles, which process will take place and will be
Movement Building

Movement Building

Themes
The major drivers of the solidarity that defines SAPSN are organic struggles that connect the regional citizenry through community based, national and regional people’s movements. The force that is SAPSN is heavily dependent on social movements and alliances mobilizing to challenge rising inequalities, structural causes of poverty and injustices, including violence and political oppression. Social movements are the base for SAPSN. Through this strategy, SAPSN will deliberately work to re-build the capacities of various social movements organizing, defending and claiming people’s rights. Participants at the strategic retreat observed and agreed that there is need to audit the state of social movements in different countries with a deliberate view to re-booting them on many fronts, including
Democracy, Human Rights & Governance

Democracy, Human Rights & Governance

Themes
In southern Africa, like in many parts of the world, repressive and undemocratic regimes are stepping up their assault on the political and democratic space for social movements, civil society and activists to organize. Whereas the SADC regional block’s response to conflict countries or crisis hot spots in the region such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique and Madagascar has been slow and more aligned towards protecting the regimes of the day, new forms of people’s resistance are emerging to reclaim human rights and challenge unjust power. It emerged from shared experiences and subsequent conversations at various SAPSN convened SADC People’s Summits that a coordinated and stronger than ever social movements and civil society voice is needed
Natural Resource Governance

Natural Resource Governance

Themes
Over the years, the norms, institutions, and processes that determine how power and responsibilities over natural resources are exercised in southern Africa has been on the spotlight. Although oil, gas, mining and agribusiness have the potential to take millions out of poverty in southern Africa, the converse has often been true, with most resource rich communities locked in conflict and confined to abject poverty. Improving natural resource governance, in particular by improving financial transparency in the extractive industries, remains a crucial step to ensuring citizens can hold their governments accountable for resources communities are custodians of, at the same time ensuring corporate accountability. Key programming pathways identified under this theme include: a) Extractives and ...
Economic Justice

Economic Justice

Themes
Building on existing work of network national focal points across the region, SAPSN will continue with this strategic thematic area, as identified at inception in 1999. Economic justice is a core building block of SAPSN as it sits at the center of tackling structural causes of poverty, marginalization, exclusion and intersecting inequalities across gender, sex, religion, race, ethnicity, age, class, income, disability and geographical location, among others. Equitable access to quality public social services such as health, education, sanitation, shelter, clean and usable water, as well as means of production such as land are at the center of mobilization, campaigns, and the regional movement SAPSN has been building for more than a decade and half. Key big issues to program around include:...