The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to peace and security in Southern Africa by supporting the SADC Secretariat to implement its programmes in the areas of:
- Development of democratic institutions and practices.
- Prevent, contain and resolve inter-and intra-state conflict by peaceful means, including preventive diplomacy, negotiations, conciliation, mediation, good offices and arbitration.
- Enhance regional capacity in respect of disaster management and co-ordination of international humanitarian assistance.
- Address cross border crime, in particular the trafficking of persons, especially women and children.