SAPST is attending the 14th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum in Windhoek this week. The forum running under the theme, “Strengthening Partnerships for Effective Engagement, Structural Transformation and Influencing the Policy Agenda for SADC” is taking place on the side lines of the SADC Heads of States Summit.
The forum is a platform where CSOs from SADC countries discuss issues affecting the region with a view to influencing policy direction in the SADC region.
The Civil Society Forum space provides an opportunity to consolidate and make use of strategic alliances and partnerships across the region to encourage and enable the effective engagement, structural transformation and inclusive development.
So far key issues being discussed include the role of CSOs in economic transformation in the region, effective CSO engagement on issues around corruption in the region, and the independence of Anti-Corruption Institutions.
SAPST in collaboration with the Child Rights Network of Southern Africa (CRNSA) will host a Thematic Session on advocacy for a SADC Protocol for children and young people.