Strengthening the Parliamentary Capacity of the SADC Parliamentary Forum

Contract partner: GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbHCountry: Subsahara-Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 661.050,00Project start: 15.10.2019End: 31.12.2022

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the SADC Parliamentary Forum and its parliamentary standing committees so it can develop into a regional parliament.

Expected results

SADC-PF’s role in promoting women’s rights and gender equality in the regional integration Agenda is strengthened.

SADC-PF’s role in promoting democratization processes, accountable governance and human rights is further consolidated.

SADC_PF's capacity in programme management and parliamentary coordination is strengthened.

The popularization and domestication of Model laws and SADC Protocols is promoted by SADC-PF through periodic tracking.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The target group of this project include the SADC-Parliamentary Forum and its Standing Committees. Beneficiaries include members of the Standing Committee of the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, the Standing Committee of Gender Equality, Women Advancement and Youth Development and other such relevant Standing Committees. In total 100 persons will directly benefit from capacity development interventions. Indirectly, members of national parliaments in the SADC Region will benefit from knowledge products, guidelines and conferences.

The proposed project is a collaborative undertaking among the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF), GIZ (GIZ-CESARE) and Austrian Development Agency (ADA).


Key interventions include:

*) Conducting an assessment on challenges women and the youth face in electoral processes in the SADC Region

*) Convening of regional policy conference on women in politics

*) Supporting the SADC-PF’s transformation process in becoming a Regional Parliament

*) Collaborating with selected member parliaments in the post-adoption process of the Model Law of the SADC Electoral Instrument

*) Mainstreaming Human Rights in Regional Integration Agenda

*) Benchmark visits and Exchange with African and other regional parliaments

*) Undertake periodic tracking of SADC Protocols


The Strategic Plan of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (2019-2023) builds upon the objective of regional integration and cooperation which are considered as imperative to development and peace. Based on the Strategic Plan, the SADC Parliamentary Forum seeks to be the Flag-Bearer of Democratisation and Socio-Economic Development for the SADC Region by enhancing the oversight, legislative and representational roles of Parliament at national and regional levels by involving Parliaments and citizens in the affairs of the SADC Region. In addition, the SADC-PF seeks to monitor and ensure the implementation of regional and international agreements in the Member States.

The project supporting SADC PF forms part of the broad GIZ SADC programme called Cooperation for the Enhancement of SADC Regional Economic Integration (CESARE) which aims to contribute towards the improvement of the necessary preconditions for regional economic integration in the areas of industrialization, trade as well as peace and security.

project number2422-00/2019
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.