About Us

The overarching aim of the Southern Africa Trust is to strengthen the voices and agency of the poor to reach the necessary audiences, affording them the opportunity as unrepresented stakeholders to impact the development of regional public policies.

Established in 2005 to respond to high levels of poverty and inequality, the Southern Africa Trust has navigated the ever-changing and challenging socio-economic and political environments globally and regionally. We have remained steadfast in our grant-making and policy dialogue brokering functions, anchoring benefits of regional integration for the poor and marginalised.

Our primary mission is to widen and deepen regional integration so that policies can work for the poor. We bring together the public, private and civil society sectors through evidence-based advocacy, dialogue and capability enhancement of key stakeholders in the value chain of the policy process. This begins from conception, to formulation and continues right through to adoption.

It is out of this triangle of success that real hopes of eradicating poverty are made possible. Having proven the impact and effectiveness of our work over the past decade and a half, we continue with our original mandate of collaboration, but have extended it to include facilitation and enablement, through regional programme level influence.

Our Strategic Objectives Focus On Six Key Areas:​


Our research, facilitation and enablement efforts contain a wealth of strategic information that we want to share with the policy community. Our Knowledge Hub is a portal of the regional development policy and the results we have achieved, and it is available to the people and organisations that work with those in need.


We engage with poor and marginalised people and connect them with the policy makers. We are an active supporter of regional citizenry, giving a voice to those who need to be heard. We are accountable for our actions that can bring about positive change.


We build platforms within public, private and civil society sectors, and actively engage with grassroots representation.


We believe in investing in people – to create a value and results-driven learning culture.

Institutional Efficiency​

Using our influence to bring about efficiency and effectiveness.


Building institutional and mission sustainability within and beyond the SADC region.

How the Trust makes an impact

The Southern Africa Trust is committed to making a real difference in amplifying the voices of the poor and facilitating regional poverty alleviation. We do this, by:

The Way Forward

Topics of discussion are facilitated in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Southern Africa region.

Society Talks topics include:
– Economic relief and social protection
– Climate Justice and Disaster Preparedness
– The role of Youth in civil society
– Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture
– Regional Informal Cross Border Trade

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We are committed to supporting organisations to gain a deeper understanding of the SADC region’s civil society movements, investment needs and policy development.

With your generous giving, you will play a crucial role in ensuring that people living in poverty get the relief they need through policy making, knowledge gathering and systematic engagement that gives them access to real solutions.


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