People living in the Limpopo River Basin in Southern Africa face water shortages, increased floods, and declines in crop productivity as climate change further stresses an already water limited region. Trans-boundary cooperation and action is needed to prevent further degradation of critical river ecosystems, to secure biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to support robust livelihoods in the basin.
South-South cooperation (SSC) has increased its relevance in the new aid architecture as an efficient tool to develop capacities, especially among developing countries. The Accra Agenda for Action of September 2008 on aid effectiveness underlined the significance of the SSC as an effective and inclusive instrument to realize the potential of middle-income countries as both recipients and providers of devleopment assistance.
Survivors of torture account for a significant number of vulnerable persons in South Africa. Many asylum seekers survive torture in countries of origin, en route to South Africa to seek asylum, and in South Africa itself at the hands of police and prisons officials. South Africa nationals also can face torture at the hands of domestic security organs. Survivors of torture of all nationalities struggle to find care they need in South Africa, from psychosocial support to medical care to assistance in finding housing and meaningful work.
USAID/Southern Africa is working towards a goal of a more integrated region for an improved quality of life for Southern Africans. As a comparative advantage of a regional mission, USAID/Southern Africa is able to provide regional analysis of and a regional approach to development challenges.
Last updated: May 27, 2015