As levels of intra-state conflict rise in Africa, regional economic communities (RECs) have become increasingly important players in implementing post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD). For sub-Saharan Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is the REC that has primarily dealt with the region's peace-and-security issues. But, to date, its PCRD activities have been limited. Are there greater opportunities to implement PCRD through SADC? What are the structural challenges SADC faces? And, as one of the stronger members of this organisation, how can South Africa overcome its constraints in SADC and play a larger role in strengthening its PCRD activities?