28-29 SEPTEMBER 2021

About the SAATE 2022

Find Better AT Solutions & Build Better AT Products

The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) – in partnership with the Loughborough University, the University of Washington, the African Network for Evidence–to–Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and the Aston University – will jointly organize the Southern Africa Assistive Technology EXPO (SAATE) from 26th to 30th September 2022.


With the main theme, “Wake up and do it for yourself: To promote and advance local AT solutions for Southern Africa,” the SAATE will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, and/or virtually.

The first SAATE was initially planned to take place at Ramatex Conference Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, from 24 to 26 June 2020, but was later postponed to 14 - 17 September 2021 due to the coronavirus situation globally. The continued prolongation of the Covid-19 situation has, once again, forced the event to be postponed to 26 - 30 September 2022. However, the organizers continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation to decide whether to change the event format to a virtual conference, maintain the current format, or opt for a hybrid format (physical and virtual).

The good news is that the registration to exhibit AT products for both free and premium exhibitors is underway while those who want to present papers or facilitate a workshop, roundtable lecture, or other events can also submit abstracts online by 31 May 2022.

In the meantime, while the registration for SAATE is underway, we have also organized a series of webinars that will act as curtain-raisers for the main SAATE next year. The first Assistive Technology Webinar will be held from 28th to 29th September 2021. The theme for this particular webinar will be focused on "Assistive Technology Business Innovations."

In its bid to facilitate improvements in the AT sector broadly through raising awareness about the need for better AT solutions and/or products, the SAATE will explore critical issues affecting persons with disabilities beyond the AT supply. Repair services are just one of many such issues.


With the main theme focused on "Assistive Technology Business Innovations," SAFOD and Loughborough University will organize this webinar from 28th to 29th September 2021. And it is the first of the series to be organized in the build-up to the Southern Africa Assistive Technology Expo (SAATE) in September 2022. Learn more and/or register for this webinar here.

You can also stay updated about both this forthcoming webinar and the SAATE event next year by signing up to our newsletter below.


You can join us at the main event next year, the SAATE, by registering to exhibit AT products for both free and premium exhibitors by Friday, 29 July 2022. Whereas those who want to present papers or facilitate a workshop, roundtable lecture, or other events within SAATE can also submit abstracts online by Tuesday, 31 May 2022.

In addition, information about those interested to view the exhibitions, or participate in AT workshops, roundtables, lectures, and/or other side events for all five days of the event will be published on this page soon.

Who are we working with?

Although the organizers of SAATE 2022 are still closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation so that they can recommend in due course on whether to move the event from being hosted in Windhoek, Namibia, to the virtual space, or both, SAFOD will continue working locally with the Government of Namibia through the Disability Affairs Department to co-host this ground-breaking regional event. To ensure the smooth running of the event activities locally, a Local Organizing Committee consisting of not only the Government Department but also various stakeholders will continue to plan day-to-day tasks. SAFOD will continue to work with its national affiliate in Namibia, the National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN) which coordinates and brings together these local partners.

The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) is another strategic partner that has closely been working with both NFPDN and the Disability Affairs Department.

Now that the event is being challenged by the advent of Covid-19, SAFOD and its partners will be seeking to periodically review our collaboration strategy and re-strategize how we progress forward while working with various other partners at the international level. New collaboration modalities shall be published on this page soon.

At the international level, we are already collaborating with Loughborough University, the University of Washington, the African Network for Evidence–to–Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and the Aston University.

If you are an organization that is actively working in the disability or AT sector and you believe you have something unique you can contribute towards the organization of this event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Right to AT for inclusive education
  • Right to AT for inclusive employment (formal and informal)
  • Right to AT for home living (daily living aids, adaptive environments)
  • Right to AT for community living (moving about, accessible buildings, transportation, voting, recreation)
  • Right to AT for access to criminal justice system (police, courts)
  • Right to AT for arts, crafts and other creative expressions



Assistive Technology (AT) includes a wide range of technology products that are used to support persons with disabilities as they work, learn, play and live in their communities. Some examples of AT include crutches, wheelchairs, ramps, hearing aids, Braille printers, adaptive software, communication devices, just to mention a few.

The SAATE does not only seek to showcase different types of AT but also to become a platform on which different stakeholders - including Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) - can explore best AT product delivery models for Southern Africa; reflect on the roles of international NGOs and development actors; examine policy and regulations to increase access, including financing mechanisms; and most importantly advance local innovations of appropriate AT solutions, products, and services. It is, therefore, in this context why the SAATE is targeting stakeholders beyond just AT suppliers.

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Production of solar-powered hearing aids in Botswana. The SAATE seeks to prioritize such local innovations during the event


Are you an AT manufacturer, supplier, or service provider interested to showcase the AT that you are involved in? Do you want to demonstrate how the AT can enhance the independent living for persons with disabilities–especially in a Southern African environment– to a wide audience consisting of persons with disabilities and their families, Governments’ AT procurement personnel, NGOs, etc.?

Here is a rare opportunity to do so!

You can participate either for free or as a premium exhibitor at the SAATE 2022. All you are required to do is to ensure that your AT(s) fall in any of the six Thematic Areas. ATs designed for the Southern Africa environment will be given higher priority. Locally designed or manufactured ATs will be given the highest priority.

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SAFOD is calling for inspired online volunteers to help with managing the SAATE 2022 and its preceding webinars starting September 2021 all the way to September 2022. The period for volunteering is so flexible. Volunteers can choose to work on a single webinar only, or work for the entire preparatory period, or for a specific period before, during, or post SAATE 2022.

Published on the UN Volunteer platform, we have various flexible online roles ranging from helping out with marketing the SAATE 2022 or any of its preceding webinars which are starting in September 2021, to website updating and editing. We are also looking for volunteers who can help with fundraising for scholarships, video marketing of the events, designing SAATE/webinar brochures and flyers, reviewing abstracts for SAATE 2022, and many more roles.

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We welcome NGOs, academia, Governments, companies, etc, willing to become our strategic partners.

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Contact Us

Do you have any questions at all regarding the forthcoming AT webinars starting in September 2021 and the SAATE 2022 in September 2022?

Use the form below to drop us an email. We are glad to respond and clarify anything related to the event.
We can also be contacted by

Phone: +267 317 0751


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