Southern Africa

The Southern Africa region accounts for more than half of the GDP of sub-Saharan Africa.

Heavily dominated by South Africa, the region is abundant in natural resources and has a high economic potential. Four of the five richest countries of the continent belong to this region.

The CDE Regional Head Office for Southern Africa is based in Gaborone, Botswana and covers:

  • Angola,
  • Botswana,
  • Lesotho,
  • Malawi,
  • Mozambique,
  • Namibia,
  • Swaziland,
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe.

CDE works in close synergy with the EU delegations and SADC secretariat, and collaborates with international organisations (UNIDO, ITC), bilateral donors (AFD, Commonwealth Secretariat, GIZ, NORSAD) and regional organisations (ASCCI, SPSF, RETOSA, Southern Africa Power Pool, African Water Association and SADC Development Finance Resource Centre).

CDE is also working with financial institutions, including venture capital funds, with a view to facilitate access to finance for SMEs.

CDE Regional Office

Head of Regional Office: 
Exponential Building, Plot 54351, Central Business District (CBO), Private Bag 00148 Gaborone, Botswana
+267 721 158 24
+267 31 91 271



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