SADC Member States are vulnerable to a range of natural disasters and, since many events affect several countries simultaneously, a regional approach to managing the risks is necessary.
Weather, water and climate-related hazards dominate the SADC region’s disaster profile, with serious implications for the socio-economic development. The region’s exposure and vulnerability to disasters is linked to the river systems’ characteristics and geomorphology, and also to climate change and factors of artificial features – human-made and derived from human settlements.
Disaster risk management includes preparedness, mitigation, response, rehabilitation and recovery. It is multi‐disciplinary and involves the participation of a multitude of partners and stakeholders, ranging from national governments, non-government organisations, International Cooperating Partners, donors, civil society and the private sector.
SADC Disaster Risk Reduction Unit is responsible for cross-border coordinating regional preparedness and response programmes for transboundary hazards and disasters. The SADC Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was inaugurated in 2011. All SADC Member States have disaster management structures.
Map of Member States
Risk reduction Policies, Plans & Strategies
Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan
The purpose of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan is to deepen regional integration in SADC. It provides SADC Member States with a consistent and comprehensive programme of long-term economic and social policies.
Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation - Revised Edition
The Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (SIPO) provides guidelines for the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation for the next five years.
Statement from the Twenty Third Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate outlook forum (SARCOF-23)
The Twenty Third Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-23) was held in Luanda, Angola from 28 to 30 August 2019 to present a consensus outlook for the 2019/2020 rainfall season over the SADC region.
Documents & Publications
Development of a SADC Gender-responsive Disaster Risk Reduction Strategic Plan and Plan of Action 2018-2030 | SADC Gender Analysis and Stakeholder Consultation Report - Deliverable 3
This report for SADC summarizes the findings of the gender analysis of the SADC Secretariat and member states.
Report on the 2019/2020 Pre-Season Disaster Preparedness, Response and Early Actions Planning Workshop (Draft)
The SADC Member States disaster risk reduction and management technical managers convened to the 2019/2020 Pre-Season Disaster Preparedness, Response and Early Action Planning Workshop which was held 12-14 November 2019, in Maputo, Mozambique.
Synthesis Report on the State of Food and Nutrition Security and Vulnerability in Southern Africa
This report provides an overview of vulnerability across the region, especially as it relates to food and nutrition security.
Disaster Data & Statistics
CRED Crunch 56 - Disasters in Africa: 20 Year Review (2000-2019)
Newsletter from CRED (Issue no.56 November 2019).