In April 2010, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA, former DPA) established a small Liaison Team in Gaborone, Botswana, to work with the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. DPPA and the SADC Secretariat signed a Framework of Cooperation in 2010 aimed at strengthening collaboration in the areas of conflict prevention, management and resolution to assist both organizations to build their capacities and jointly contribute towards the promotion of peace and security in the Southern Africa sub-region.
The two organizations have agreed on a joint workplan providing for UN technical support to SADC’s mediation structures, technical support to the SADC Election Support Unit and assistance to SADC in enhancing the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security in the region. With DPA's support, SADC has developed a regional mediation training curriculum and rolled out regional and national mediation trainings. Another area of cooperation was the development of regional strategies for the prevention of election-related violence and in the area of women, peace and security.