On 22 May, members of our community of practice of social accountability practitioners in Sub-Saharan Africa wrote a letter to the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Representing organisations in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, we call on the SADC Secretariat to bring our COVID-19 related concerns to the attention of all SADC member states.

Read the full letter which outlines recommendation for ways in which regional leaders can fulfil their obligations to safeguard human rights and lives during this period: Endorsed Open Letter to SADC Secretariat_22 May 2020.

Southern African Development Community

The letter was endorsed by the following individuals and organisations:

1. The Public Service Accountability Monitor, South Africa
2. The Rural Health Advocacy Project, South Africa
3. Policy Forum, Tanzania
4. Mr. Richard Msittu, Tanzania
5. Transparency International Zambia (TIZ), Zambia.
6. Alliance for Accountability Advocates Zambia (AAAZ), Zambia.
7. Caritas Zambia, Zambia.
8. Alliance for Community Action (ACA), Zambia.
9. Parliamentary Budget Office of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.
10. Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST), Zimbabwe.
11. United Purpose, Mozambique.
12. Manual Chifunga, Mozambican Parliament, Mozambique
13. Mr. Andrew Mpesi, Wisdam Consulting, Malawi