Mission statement

A democratic southern Africa. That is what NiZA is striving for.

Southern Africa
On the basis of a long-standing history of solidarity and critical dialogue, NiZA cooperates with people and organisations in Africa and Europe to strive for a democratic southern Africa. We share with them a vision of a southern Africa where the population is able to realise a just division of power, means and opportunities, and where human rights are respected and guaranteed. NiZA supports the struggle against inequalities in power, rights and welfare by supporting civil society and citizens in Africa, particularly women and girls, in their efforts to build countervailing power. Closely linked to this struggle, NiZA and its networks are dedicated to an international power shift that favours democracy and development in southern Africa.


The Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA) was formed in 1997 as a merger of three former anti-apartheid movements. The Institute for Southern Africa, the Holland Committee of Southern Africa and the Eduardo Mondlane Foundation pooled their experience in the struggle for a free and just southern Africa. They combined their extensive networks of local liberation movements and civil society organisations. Besides this vast network of partners, the broad grassroots support that the organisations had in the Netherlands was also passed on to NiZA. Many of their donors continued to support NiZA, even to today.

NiZA continues to emphasise that it is not a traditional donor organisation that is above the partner organisations in southern Africa, but a solidarity organisation that stands beside them. This solidarity focuses principally on the following countries: Angola, Botswana, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

mission | strategy | activities | co-operation