Southern Accord is a joint exercise intended to enhance U.S. and African forces' capabilities in the areas of humanitarian/disaster relief operations, peacekeeping operations, and aeromedical evacuation in sub-Saharan Africa.
The 2012 exercise took place in the Republic of Botswana, with more than 1,200 military personnel from Botswana and the United States attending the opening ceremony. Southern Accord is a joint exercise intended to enhance both countries' capabilities in the areas of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations, peacekeeping operations and aeromedical evacuation.
Each phase of the exercise aimed to enhance the interoperability between the U.S. and Botswana Defense Forces. The ultimate goal was increased cooperation, which will in turn increase stability and security across the continent.