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ZIMBABWE DEFENDS THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR REGIONAL TERTIARY DEBATES

As per tradition, the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) in partnership with the Norwegian Church Aid conducted the SADC Regional Tertiary Institutions Debate and Public Speaking Gala during the 2019 SADC People’s Summit, that have seen Zimbabwean debaters coming first. The debates were conducted under the theme “Youth empowerment and participation.” Youth are a vital cog for any country’s development and Africa is one of the continents with growing youth population. The youth dividend in the region needs to be harnessed if SADC is governance processes are heightened. A number of critical issues were raised during the debates. The debates interrogated the debt question in the SADC as well as issues to do with foreign investments that have seen youth bemoaning irrespons

SADC, A HOTSPOT FOR CLIMATECHANGE INDUCED NATURAL DISASTERS

The recent Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth that hit SADC region is a clear indication that the region has become a hotspot for climate change induced natural disasters. Climate emergency that is already having a devastating impact on the SADC region is a cause for concern. Together with the broader ecological, economic and social crises, the climate crisis will make the rebuilding of a sovereign, integrated and developmental region able to overcome poverty, unemployment, landlessness and inequality a very distant achievement. The side event on Climate ChangeImpact convened by the  RuralWomen Assembly, Women inMining, AIDC and Forum Mulher held during the 2019 SADC People’s Summit bare it all that women are the most affected by climate change. This is due to their gendered roles including

SADC GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN SHARE THEIR STORIES OF STRUGGLE

By Gamuchirai Gono (ZIMBABWE) The Rozaria Memorial Trust(RMT) in partnership withIM Swedish Development Partner, Justice for Children, Women’s Legal Resources Centre(WOLREC) and Non-Governmental Coordinating Council of Zambia (NGOCC) hosted the Nhanga Binti side event at the SADC People’s Summit in Dar es Salaam. Nhanga is a cultural innovation for social empowerment, it is a safe space led by African young women and girls. It is a space for mentorship, learning and advocacy for girls and young women with policy leaders and policy makers. Rozaria Memorial Trust started the Nhanga initiative having realized the importance of safe spaces for interaction. Girls and young women discussed issues that are bedeviling the Southern African region, particularly child marriages poor access to s

IRRESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT, A THORN IN FLESH FOR MALAGASY-PEOPLE

By Volahery Andriamanantenasoa (MADAGASCAR) Over the past years, Madagascar has become one of the most attractive countries for transnational corporations, especially mining companies, due to its poor governance system ,lack of legal and human rights protection framework and the rampant corruption in the country. This is also due to the fact that the State has shown much interest in the “extractivist” economy as profitable such that despite all its shortfalls, the government kept-on calling for investors to come and facilitated transnational corporations’ operations by even lessening the existing regulations. Nevertheless, this have a huge adverse impact on the citizens’ rights. However, the Research and Support Center for Development Alternatives– Indian Ocean (CRAAD-OI) that is bas

Debt and inequality prejudice citizens of their rights

The question of debt is a burning issue in both the SADC region and Africa at large. Public and publicly guaranteed debt is debt that is accrued by government to finance national development. Public debt can be domestic or external, where credit comes from internal creditors and from external creditors respectively. Public debt may be acquired by government, local authorities and public entities on behalf of citizens to finance human development and cover deficits. Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that “everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized”. Therefore, an international order characterized by extreme indebtedness of low and middle-income countries and a

MAURITIUS IS AN ISLAND FULL OF STRUGGLES

It is disturbing that Mauritius, a SADC member state, is acting as a catalyst for the underdevelopment of other SADC member states, through acting as a tax haven, gentrification, privatization and ecological crisis.  Depriving other countries to derive taxes from activities being conducted in their jurisdiction cannot be considered as fair or competitive. Investors’ tax is a way of paying back to society, part of which is used to fund government expenditure that ultimately should be invested in public services. As a growth dependent economic system, capitalism pursue endless accumulation and reproduces itself on a larger scale. As a social system, capitalism has progressively advanced the commoditization of everything on planet earth. We are living in an alarming and critical time for h

ACTIVITY REPORT OF THE SADC SECRETARIAT

The report documents considerable progress in many areas despite the slow economic growth in 2011 relative to 2010. With regards to political developments, the region has witnessed holding of democratic elections in DRC, Lesotho, Seychelles, and Zambia. These elections were predominantly characterised by democratic rule and smooth transition of power. In 2011 the economic performance in the region was largely influenced by developments in the global markets, especially the euro area. Despite improved commodity prices in the region, economic growth slowed down in 2011 relative to 2010 and the fiscal position deteriorated due to pronounced worsening in the fiscal accounts of most Member States.