The transformation of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) into a Regional Parliament is essential to the regional development of the SADC’s
258 million citizens. The project aims at making a contribution to the fulfilment of the priorities outlined in the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan of the SADC-PF towards its eventual transformation to a fullyfledged Regional Parliament. The first portion of the project aims at strengthening the capacity of the staff as closer engagement between the Forum and SADC national Parliaments on the one hand, and the SADC Secretariat on the other, begins. From there, selected priority activities will be implemented within the framework of the project through to the close of 2013. Additionally, participation by SADC-PF in the 4th High-Level Forum (HLF-4) held in Busan in 2011 and subsequent participation in the post-Busan discussions has assured a voice to the SADC position on the aid and development reform process, while at the same time ensuring that its institutional development efforts are informed by emerging lessons and assessments conducted within the context of the evolving aid and development effectiveness architecture.
The project aims to support the SADC-PF in developing its institutional capacity to function as a Regional Parliament.
In close partnership with the Secretariat of the SADC-PF, the programme has further developed and professionalized, and has established a solid foundation for achieving the transformation process. Activities began with SADC parliamentary participation in the HLF-4. The experience gained at this international gathering was employed during the extra-ordinary meeting of the Trade, Development and Regional Integration Committee held in Maputo in July 2012, as the Committee began the process of formulating a SADC perspective on the outcomes of the HLF-4 and the aid reform process. In the meantime, other project activities gathered preliminary data from each of the organs of the SADC-PF, its parliamentary counterparts in other regions, and Member Parliaments in the region on the best way forward in terms of a successful transformation process. Towards these ends, amongst other activities, a regional survey amongst the National Parliaments was conducted and a regional parliamentary seminar aimed at the collection of best practices and lessons learnt from other regional parliaments was executed in 2012.