South Africa

The Pretorial Regional Delegation carries out humanitarian activities in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Using innovative tools, its humanitarian action aims to address the humanitarian consequences of armed violence and migration; to support authorities to trace missing persons, to reconnect separated families; to strengthen respect for and compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and international standards of policing; and to improve the capacity of National Red Cross Societies in the region to be first responders to natural and man-made disasters. Through humanitarian diplomacy, the ICRC in Southern Africa builds support for humanitarian action, norms and values amongst policy and decision-makers.

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In numbers

In 2022...

  • 29’ 321
    internet connections in the region. We also provided 34’ 690 successful phone calls.
  • 30
    government representatives from 13 countries attended the 20th Regional IHL Seminar for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Island States co-hosted with DIRCO. An Outcomes document was adopted on conclusion of the seminar.
  • 26
    participants attended the first online Good Laboratory Practice course in collaboration with the Kigali Delegation which focused on ISO 17025:2017 and the development of standards and practices. accreditation.
  • 70
    provided Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) to vulnerable people, allowing them to travel to their country of refuge and be reunified with their family.
  • 100
    trained 100 in-person African scientists and a further 250 virtually on DNA laboratory capacity as part of the DNA Symposium in partnership with DNAforAfrica.