“Too late and inadequate:” The Southern African Development Community’s Response to the Conflict in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique


  • Enock Ndawana


This article discusses the challenges and prospects facing SAMIM. It augments extant studies on the conflict in northern Mozambique, which had hitherto mainly focused on its causes, dynamics, the challenges and prospects facing the government in fighting against the Ansar al-Sunna terrorist group and the regional implications. The main argument is that though SADC delayed intervening in the conflict in Cabo Delgado, its intervention brought some improvements to the situation, which are yet to be consolidated for sustainable peace to be realized. The analysis in this article is the outcome of data gathered mainly from a review of accessible documentary sources. These include but are not limited to media articles, reports by non-governmental organizations including SADC, journal articles and books on the violent conflict in Mozambique and related developments. The article discusses the causes and drivers of the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province and focuses on the challenges and prospects of SADC’s response and the way forward.

Author Biography

Enock Ndawana

Enock Ndawana is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.






Special Section: Conflict in Contemporary Africa