FANRPAN is a regional policy research and advocacy network with the mission to promote effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies by:
1. Facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society,
2. Building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in southern Africa, and supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis.
FANPRAN's operations are informed by major regional policy frameworks and processes in Southern Africa. These are currently the SADC's Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), the SADC Heads of State Dar es Salaam Declaration, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) of the New Partnership for Agricultural Development (NEPAD) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA Agricultural Plan.
FANRPAN is currently operating in 13 SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and operates through an inter-sectoral network platform in each country designated as a Country Node. The node comprises of the following stakeholders:
1. Government ministries responsible for FANR;
2. Policy research institutions such as relevant university departments;
3. Private sector national umbrella organizations which deal with FANR;
4. National farmers' organizations; and
5. Civil Society organizations. ... [according to site editor's information; editors ilissAfrica]
The registered German association KOSA is a nation-wide affiliation of organizations, groups and individuals involved in development policy, working locally but also across the country on Southern Africa. Since the end of August 2001, KOSA has also been the successor to the association "Afrika-Süd Aktionsbündnis" (AAB) [Alliance for action on Southern Africa], the former Anti-Apartheid movement in Germany.
Over the last years, KOSA has focused on the economic relations between the region of Southern Africa and the European Union. For two years now, KOSA has been actively involved in the "International Apartheid Debt and Reparations Campaign in Southern Africa" as well as topics like "water and privatisation" and HIV/AIDS are given priority.
The present focus is on the planned "Economic Partnership Agreements" between the EU and ACP-Countries with special attention on implications on Southern Africa. ... [according to site editor's information]
The purpose of the Regional Environmental Education Programme is to enable environmental education practitioners in the SADC region to strengthen environmental education processes for equitable and sustainable environmental management choices. This will be achieved through enhanced and strengthened environmental education policy, networking, resource materials and training capacity.
ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Reports are available for download. ... [according to site editor's information]
AWIRU is a not-for-profit applied research organisation based at the University of Pretoria, established to develop an African capacity to understand the complexity of African water management and development issues. AWIRU's objective is to generate water management solutions that are politically, socially, economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable in Africa.
Some working papers and reports are downloadable. ... [according to site editor's information]
SACU, the oldest customs union in the world, has five member states: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland. It maintains the free interchange of goods between member countries and provides for a common external tariff and a common excise tariff to this common customs area. [editors ilissAfrica]
TIPS is an independent, non-profit research institute that undertakes and manages policy-relevant economic research in industrial, trade and small enterprise development policy to assist government and civil society in making informed policy choices. TIPS is active in both the South African and Southern African economic policy arenas and co-ordinate a wide network of established researchers. ... [according to site editor's information; editors ilissAfrica]
The reason for the establishment of the Committee of Central Bank Governors was the need for a specialised body in SADC to promote and achieve closer co-operation among central banks within the Community. The activities of the Committee are mainly focused on assisting central bank Governors and officials in gaining a better knowledge and insight into each other's economies and monetary policies.
Some documents and statistics are downloadable. ... [according to site editor's information]
The objective of the Centre is to promote South-South civil society cooperation on trade and development and create long-term capacity of civil society representatives to address the issues of equity and accountability. The Centre has been entrusted with the responsibility to consolidate and expand activities of the organisation on south-south civil society co-operation in the areas of trade, economics and environment. ... [according to site editor's information]
The purpose of the Forum for Food Security in Southern Africa, which has operated since 2003, is to provide a platform for improved linkages between food security analysis, policy making and implementation in the Southern Africa region. The outputs of country issues papers, regional theme papers, international electronic discussions and country policy seminars are intended to generate insights and policy options drawing on longitudinal research in the region and comparative international evidence that it is hoped will prove useful to stakeholders.
The platform covers the region as a whole and five specific countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has brought together those in government, official donors, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, and international and regional researchers concerned with food security.
Related documents are downloadable. ... [according to site editor's information; editors ilissAfrica]
CIPESA is an initiative to help Africans to better understand the policy-making processes that affect them, especially in the area of information and communications technology (ICT) and development. Its objectives are to raise awareness about key issues, provide useful information to assist African participation in policy-making, and stir debate by sparking discussion and convening productive gatherings.
CIPESA's mission is to increase the capacity of East and Southern African stakeholders to participate in international ICT policy-making. The aim is to promote the effective representation of African interests in international policy-making processes. ... [according to site editor's information]