The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday called for concerted and inclusive efforts against poverty.

In the statement marking International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the SADC said that half of the region’s population live below poverty line due to unemployment and underemployment.

The statement stressed the need to pay special attention to the voices of the most marginalized segments of society, including women, the youth and people living with disabilities.

It also called for the promotion of regular and effective participation of the private sector, civil society and other partners such as the academia and media in the development process.

The SADC is a regional economic community established in 1992. It has 15 members — Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The SADC secretariat is located in Gaborone, capital city of Botswana. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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