Power and influence: identifying champions of change in SADC

Which countries have excelled in areas prioritised in the regional body’s common agenda?

This policy brief explores the notion of power in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It examines which countries have excelled in areas prioritised in SADC's common agenda, which is shaped by the revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. Recommendations are made about how South Africa might partner with key SADC countries to drive growth and development in the region.

About the author

Liesl Louw-Vaudran is a Senior Research Consultant at the ISS. She coordinates the ISS' research on the southern Africa region and also edits and contributes to the ISS' PSC Report. Liesl is a former foreign correspondent and Africa editor of Media24 in South Africa, and has over 20 years’ experience working in various African countries. Her latest book South Africa in Africa: Superpower or Neocolonialist examines South Africa’s role in Africa after the end of apartheid. Liesl is completing a Master’s degree in international relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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Development partners
This publication was funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies. The ISS is grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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