2019 SADC PEOPLE’S SUMMIT WHICH TOOK PLACE AT DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TANZANIA, SHABAN ROBERT STREET, DAR ES SALAAM, FROM 13 TO 17 AUGUST 2019

PELUM Zambia being a member of Zambia Social Forum was invited to take part in the SADC peoples summit which was held just before the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of States meets in Tanzania Dar- es- Salaam in August 2019, This is a space where the ordinary people of Southern Africa region conveyed from 13 to 17 August 2019 under the auspices of the Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) to reclaim SADC resources for SADC people’s development and solidarity on the broad theme: “Rebuilding People’s Movement Within Southern Africa‘s climate, Political and Economic Emergencies : Towards Radical Democratic Alternatives and a Just Transition“.

Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) Summit serves as a tool that bonds together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), ordinary Citizens and several Social movements within SADC under various broad based concerns. SAPSN is one of the few regional platforms that recognizes the importance of citizens’ participation in policy making processes by ensuring that ordinary voices are registered, counted and pulled together loose efforts collectively to demand and claim for a better life for all citizens in the Southern Africa region.

The main programme of the People’s Summit comprised of a wide array of self-organized and autonomous managed activities and these included tribunals identified on a common cases within SADC region, workshops, Youth debates on resource governance, cultural performances, exhibitions, displays of various works of Art and culture including solidarity march when delivering declaration statement to the SADC Head Representative.

As PELUM Zambia, We intend to intend to use this space to hold a side event which focused on seed politics within the SADC region and to display exhibitions of numerous works carried out by Zambian CSO/NGOs Youth and Women movements under the thematic areas of climate (food sovereignty, agriculture, water sanitation. We also held and participate in the deliberations of the summit in order to effective participate in this important event.

The expected results of our participation at the summit are to;
• Enhance the work on seed and relate it to other regional issues of concern.
• Input into the peoples declaration / statement that would be delivered to the heads of state and
• Broaden regional network sharing of the best practices interventions and strategies to sustainable development.

PELUM Zambia as a CSO active in lobbying and advocacy seeks to strengthen popular democracy and mobilization on various issues and provide human alternatives to the neo-liberal discourse. These open spaces also served to critically challenge the status quo, which puts markets and profits before people.
Immediate outputs were:

  1. A statement and declaration which was delivered to the SADC heads of state which PELUM Zambia had an input.
  2. A video documentary outlining PELUM’s participation and various discussions.
  3. A report outlining what took place during the summit.
    The attendance by PELUM Zambia staff was made possible with funding from ROSA LUXEMBURG STIFTUNG.
    Conclusion
    The reporting period has had a significant impact on the work of PELUM around seed. The participation in the SADC summit and the forth coming seed symposium and media engagement which is bringing in an innovative approach will surely help PELUM Zambia achieve its project objectives. PELUM Zambia appreciates that role ROSA Luxemburg is playing through the funding and hopes that it will continue to do so as the seed sector environment within the region and the country is becoming more hostile.