In the last FOS partners’ meeting held at Willow Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012, a Gender Reference Group (GRG) was created to strengthen partners’ interventions on gender and women empowerment.

The Alternatives to Neo-liberalism in Southern Africa (ANSA) initiative and its strategic partners have been active in pushing for the mobilisation of people for the formulation of alternative development policies in the Southern Africa region.

There are several on-going policy processes in SADC that are of significant relevance to the labour movement, the working class and those with interests in livelihood creation:

Recent events have shown how natural disasters can wreak havoc on an economy. Take for instance the earthquake and tsunami that recently devastated Japan, reversing economic gains that had been achieved over the years.

The ANSA alternative is based on 10 principles:

1. It is led by the people,
2. Autocentric development, based on domestic, human needs and the use of local resources,
3. Regional integration, led from the grassroots,
4. Selective de-linking and negotiated re-linking,

The Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC), regional umbrella of the national union of federations in the SADC, will launch an alternative to present policies that have been developed or imposed on the region in the past book_smallyears. The launch will take place on 13 January 2007 at the Parktonian Hotel, Johannesburg, at 09:00.