n Conflict Trends - The evolving mediation capacity of the Southern African Development Community

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


With a population of more than 230 million people in 15 countries - from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Tanzania to South Africa - the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is one of the largest regional blocs in Africa. This article outlines the progress that SADC has made in its capacity to respond to political conflicts in the southern African region through mediation. SADC has been actively involved in three mediation missions - to Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Lesotho - and is currently in the process of implementing a new mediation support structure, potentially making it the most advanced African regional actor in terms of mediation. But what is the real potential and impact of SADC in constructively resolving violent conflict through mediation?

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