Southern Africa Regional Program Background

Since 2018, ABA ROLI's regional work under the “Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) Program” has improved improve the recognition, awareness, and enforcement of human rights across the  Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. It has also promoted the protection of the region’s most vulnerable and marginalized groups. The ABA is part of a four-member PROGRESS consortium made up of Freedom House, the Internews, and PACT. This USAID supported program focuses on the following thematic issues: 

  • Women’s customary land rights;

  • Rights of indigenous populations;

  • Media freedoms and digital rights; and

  • The rights of human rights defenders as a cross-cutting theme.