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The activities of the Southern African Development Community in relation to its purpose statement

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Jaarsveldt, Liza Ceciel
dc.contributor.advisor Londozola, Luvuno Magakwe, Jack 2013-10-24T06:23:08Z 2013-10-24T06:23:08Z 2013-10-24
dc.identifier.citation Magakwe, Jack (2013) The activities of the Southern African Development Community in relation to its purpose statement, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The study focuses on and explores the Southern African Development Community’s activities to determine whether the intended objectives have been accomplished as stated in its purpose statement. The study argues that the achievement of the Southern Africa Development Community’s purpose statement is important with regard to the implementation of developmental initiatives. This is because the SADC objectives are measured in the operationalisation and implementation of policies and the operationalisation of key activities. The Southern African region is rich in natural resources but lacks the political will and capacity for the institutionalisation of key processes to, among others, alleviate poverty and HIV/AIDS and address human security matters. This study revealed that SADC did not achieve all its intended objectives. Several challenges, such as the full convertibility of regional currencies among member states still need to be addressed. One of the major challenges impacting negatively on the implementation and completion of SADC’s projects are the capacity, skills and expertise to drive key business processes. This study has found that in spite of complexities and challenges to implement SADC’s policies and programmes as stated in its purpose statement, there is a need to align the member states’ priorities with SADC’s objectives to maximise impact and overall successful execution thereof. Coupled with this challenge is another crucial challenge relating to the SADC structure, mechanisms and methodologies that are used for achieving SADC’s objectives. The study revealed that the structures, mechanisms and methodologies are inadequate to successfully implement and evaluate SADC’s projects. Consequently, this study proposes some reforms in SADC’s Regional Indicative Strategic Plan that should be considered and integrated into the national plans, budgets and priorities of all SADC member states. Critically, it is important to ensure the alignment and buy-in of member states with regard to the development and implementation of SADC’s projects and programmes in the Southern African region. Firstly, the study proposes that partnerships with research institutions should be explored to strengthen the limited capacity of SADC’s Secretariat. Benchmarking and best practices with other international government organisations such as the African Union and the United Nations will provide a platform to improve the current activities of SADC to be more focused towards the desired outcomes. Secondly, v SADC’s activities that are linked to its objectives should be intensified through the mobilisation of resources and expertise that are geared to all key result areas to improve regional integration and ultimately the achievement of SADC’s objectives as stated in its purpose statement. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 112 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Achievements en
dc.subject Activities en
dc.subject Co-operation en
dc.subject Community en
dc.subject International government organisation en
dc.subject Purpose statement en
dc.subject Regionalism en
dc.subject Southern Africa Development Community en
dc.subject Development en
dc.subject.ddc 338.968
dc.subject.lcsh Southern African Development Community
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational effectiveness
dc.subject.lcsh Africa, Southern -- Development
dc.subject.lcsh Public administration
dc.title The activities of the Southern African Development Community in relation to its purpose statement en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Public Administration and Management en M.P.A.

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