About the forum

The SADC SACCO Managers Forum is an annual conference (or a network if you will) of executives and officers in the Southern African SACCO movement, that is;

  • Managers,
  • Directors,
  • Steering committee members / SACCO formation committee members
  • Accountants
  • Administrators
  • Regulators,
  • Strategic partners and Stakeholders
  • Government officials

THE SADC SACCO Managers Forum is open to other non-financial cooperatives, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to the extent that it deals with cross-cutting issues relevant to SMES or cooperatives in general

The SADC SACCO Managers Forum is hosted on a rotational basis in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries which is a Regional Economic Community comprising of 16 Member States (at the time of writing), namely; Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Objectives of the Forum

Include but are not limited to:

  • ensure growth of efficient SACCOs as the lifeblood and heart beat of the cooperative ecosystem in the region
  • activate and invigorate national forums or roundtables for SACCO executives and officers that integrates into the regional forum
  • improve the performance of SACCO Managers and their SACCOs by professionalizing the practice.
  • share experiences and ideas to help grow SACCOs in the SADC Region and beyond
  • provide a forum for networking and SACCO synergies in the SADC Region
  • converge regional efforts towards a SACCOs Centre of Excellence in line with the SADC Protocol on Cooperation in Education and Training
  • be an extension service for cascading down to the masses lessons learnt from high profile programs, (hitherto inaccessible to the SACCO masses at the grassroots that miss these opportunities due to different reasons. (For example, we can not all go to the world council conference or  the continental congress, but those who manage to go can come back and pass on whatever they learn from there  in our regional forums or local roundtables)

Vision of the SADC SACCO Managers Forum

Vision of SADC Countries

Vision of the African Union

A thriving SACCO movement in Southern Africa in the hands of capable, fully developed and well-equipped professional SACCO practitioners who are thought leaders in their local realities and spheres of influence, providing leadership for the integration of the regional movement to the rest of the continent as per the bigger picture of a Common Future for SADC and AU.

SADC Vision is to build a region in which there will be a high degree of harmonisation and rationalisation, to enable the pooling of resources to achieve collective self-reliance in order to improve the living standards of the people of the region.

The vision of SADC is one of a Common Future, a future within a regional community that will ensure economic well-being, improvement of the standards of living and quality of life, freedom and social justice and peace and security for the people of Southern Africa.


The vision of the African  Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa,  driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in  global arena.”

Mission of SADC SACCO Managers Forum

Mission of SADC Countries

Mission of the African Union Commission

To leapfrog the professionalization of the SACCO management practice in Southern Africa by leveraging on the worldwide SACCO system and structure, providing a platform for continuous professional development for our members through information dissemination, education and training, innovation, research and development  via regional forums, study tours and local roundtables for an exchange of ideas that bring about sustainable and equitable socio-economic transformation as per the aspirations of both SADC and AU.

Mission Statement is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient, productive systems, deeper co-operation and integration, good governance, and durable peace and security; so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy.


The mission of the  African Union Commission is to become “An efficient and value-adding institution  driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration  with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities  and African citizens”.

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