The following table details the various sponsorship options that are available and the benefits that are associated with each option.
Introduction and Background
The Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference (SARSYC) is a platform for students and youth in the region to convene, network and collaborate on issues to do with their sexual and reproductive health. SARSYC is a collaborative advocacy platform where students and youth can collectively make a case for and demand for prioritization and investments into their sexual reproductive health needs.
Since 2015, SARSYC has biennially convened
students and youth from 8 Southern African
countries together with academics, governments,
SADC Parliamentary Forum, UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders. In 2015 SARSYC was held in Harare Zimbabwe and in 2017 it was held in Johannesburg South Africa in partnership with the University of Johannesburg. The third edition will be held in Lusaka, Zambia in partnership with the University of Zambia. SARSYC 3 looks forward to hosting students and youth from Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi and Namibia to interface with government and relevant stakeholders in a bid to co-create solutions to the sexual reproductive health challenges being faced by the region.
SARSYC is currently housed physically and programmatically by the Students and Youth Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) based in Zimbabwe. As the governance structure of SARSYC is still developing, the conference and its attendant structures are managed using SAYWHAT’S governance framework, with staff being accountable to the SAYWHAT Director, and by implication to the SAYWHAT Board of Trustees. SAYWHAT has also seconded two members of its staff one as Conference Convener and the other as assistant to the convener and 6 country coordinators resident in six countries, dedicated to the platform. After each conference, the next hosting country sets up a local organizing committee led by the hosting tertiary institution.
The hosting tertiary institution works closely with the Conference Convener based in Harare. In these formative stages of SARSYC, SAYWHAT
(www.saywhat.org.zw ) has been financing part of the Secretariat and the coordination of the conference with support from its various traditional partners and stakeholders.
The third SARSYC will be held from the 11th to the 12th of July 2019 in Zambia under the theme “Translating opportunities into action for the advancement of youth sexual and reproductive health and rights in southern African, which is a call to action. In recent times various investments have been put in place to address the SRH challenges of young people in the region, the conference shall examine how to create, engage and harness such opportunities with the aim of ensuring meaningful and sustainable actions that secures the SRHR future of young people in Southern Africa. SARSYC realizes the importance of strategic partners to the young people of Southern Africa and is therefore reaching out to partners in the private sector to ensure the successful convening of the third Southern African
Regional Students and Youth Conference on sexual and reproductive health. Also realizing that students and youth in Southern Africa are faced with various socio-economic challenges, and may have difficulties raising the funds needed for them to participate in this regional meeting, SAYWHAT is mobilizing funds to support them to attend the conference.
Brand Southern Africa Dinner
The SARSYC organizing team will organize a networking and interaction dinner for its sponsors, supporters and other high level conference delegates on the evening of the first day of the conference. This dinner will bring together leaders from various companies responsible for the success of SARSYC and organizations from around Southern Africa under one roof to network and share ideas on how they can move Southern Africa forward whilst at the same time sharing business opportunities and strengthening private public partnerships for positive health outcomes for young people. The dinner will be an opportunity for companies to market their products and grow their businesses beyond country borders