The Southern African Development Community (SADC) started as a united front of states that fought for political liberation in Southern Africa. The official formation of SADC was an arduous process involving an alliance of leaders from Southern African nations: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. Decades later, the extent of this “Frontline State” includes 15 countries in Southern Africa and represents 257.7 million inhabitants.
SADC works to strengthen the role of Southern Africa in the global economy. It envisions equitable and sustainable socio-economic growth in Southern Africa through more efficient farming systems, peace and security, deeper co-operation and good governance. Visit SADC website.