The Southern African Development Community (SADC) held its 10th Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue from September 5-7 in Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho.
Initiated by SADC with technical support from the Global Water Partnership for Southern Africa (GWPSA), the Dialogue is themed “Strengthening regional productive capacities for water, energy, food security and ecosystem resilience , in order to achieve an inclusive and sustainable industrial transformation”.
Building on the momentum of previous meetings, the 10th Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue continues the implementation of the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063, with particular emphasis on building regional productive capacities through water-energy-food (WEF) approaches.
The Dialogue is a biennial event organized by the SADC Secretariat. It provides a forum for practitioners from the water sector and related sectors to address relevant issues on consolidating regional integration and reducing poverty in the region. It aims to ensure that the region harnesses the potential of sustainable water resources development to contribute to regional integration, poverty eradication and socio-economic development.
The results of the three-day dialogue will inform the decisions that will be presented by ministers responsible for food security, water and energy to the SADC Council of Ministers.
This year, the Dialogue is funded through the SADC WEF Nexus Dialogue Project, supported by the European Union (EU), as well as the “Support to Integrated Catchment Management (ICM)” project at the Lesotho, jointly funded by the EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The Southern African Development Community is a regional group of 15 Member States founded in 1980. SADC’s vision is of a common future within the framework of a regional community ensuring the well-being economy, improved standard and quality of life, freedom and social justice, peace and security for all people in southern Africa.