The Southern African Development Community
(SADC) has been in existence since 1980, when it was formed as a
loose alliance of nine majority-ruled States in Southern Africa
known as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference
(SADCC), with the main aim of coordinating development projects in
order to lessen economic dependence on the then apartheid South Africa.
The founding Member States are: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi,
Mozambique, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.