- Published on 15 January 2013
UNDP, a UN Agency opposed to all forms of corruption, is in the process of assisting the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Swaziland adhere to a strict zero-tolerance policy on corruption. Mainstreaming Anti-Corruption in Development, an anti-corruption note produced in 2008, outlines UNDP’s rationale for supporting good governance and the anti-corruption policy: “The main basis for UNDP’s engagement on anti-corruption is to further its mandates on poverty reduction, realization of the MDGs and promoting sustainable development.” The document also reinforces two important facts: (i) UNDP has been a leading provider of anti-corruption technical assistance within its democratic governance portfolio, and (ii) the agency is in a unique position to engage a broad range of national stakeholders in a holistic approach to fighting corruption. The second fact is based on the UN’s wide country presence and support for nationally-led programming processes, which is reflected also in United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF).
Meanwhile, Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, at the launch of the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, 2007: “Corruption hurts the poor disproportionately by diverting funds intended for development, undermining a government's ability to provide basic services, feeding inequality and injustice, and discouraging foreign investment and aid.” Swaziland developed the Anti Corruption Strategic Plan and National Policy which was necessitated by general indicators that corruption was a serious issue in the medium term development of the Swazi economy.
Dr Ron Hope with the Minister of Justice, Principal Secretary and Deputy Commissioner ACC and Staff
- Published on 24 January 2013
MBABANE (18th January 2013): The United Nations in Swaziland has launched a study on OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS TO YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Perspectives of Young Entrepreneurs in Swaziland.
The study which was commissioned by the UN, was launched at a conference on youth entreprenership attended by senior government officials from the ministries of commerce and industry; economic planning and development as well as from youth affairs. Members of the UN and civil society organizations also attended. Speasking at the launch, the Under Secretary at the Ministry of Commerce commended the UN for the initiative which he said complements the efforts of the Government to promote economic growth.
UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Israel Dessalegne also underlined the importance of strengthening capacity of the youth to play an important role in the economy. He said the study sought to respond to Swaziland's major challenge of youth employment. It is estimated that 50% of the unemployed are youth between the aged 18-24, which is one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa.
While policymakers have increasingly recognized entrepreneurship as a key driver of economic development by fostering growth, technology adoption and innovation as well as poverty alleviation, lack of evidence has impeded the design of policies addressing the youth employment challenge.
The report is an analysis of the drivers and impediments of youth entrepreneurship in the past two decades.
Supporting Economic Recovery and Poverty Reduction
At a time when Swaziland faces significant fiscal and economic recovery challenges, UNDP Swaziland supports the Government and people of Swaziland with programs, strategies, and policy design and implementation in the areas of its focus.
- Business Environment, Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth (New) (PDF)
- Fiscal Sustainability and Counter-cyclical Fiscal Policies (New) (PPT)
- Green Economy - Opportunities and Challenges for Swaziland (PDF)
- Effective Procurement Key To Inclusive Growth
- UNDP Swaziland and SIPA partner to support development-friendly FDI
- A Fiscal Crisis and Policies for Inclusive Recovery
Recent Thematic Articles
- Female Face Of Poverty In Swaziland (Poverty)
- Adapting Trans-Boundary And National Water Resources Management (Environment and Climate Change Related)
- UNDP Supports Good Governance And Anti-Corruption Policy (Governance)
- NERCHA Genders HIV Plans In Strategic Framework (HIV/AIDS)
- Integrate Women/Girls In Disaster Management (Gender)
- Published on 31 December 2008
|Administrative Divisions||4 districts; Hhohho, Lubombo, Manzini, Shiselweni|
|Languages||English (official, government business conducted in English), siSwati(official)|
|Currency||Lilangeni (SZL) = 1 South African Rand|
|Main Economic Activities||Agriculture, Textiles, Tourism|
|GDP per Capita||$4963.634 (PPP - 2008 Est.)|
|Percentage below the Poverty Line||63% (2011)|
|Unemployment rate||29.1% (2007 est.)|
|Human Development Index||0.547 (2007)|
|Gender-related Development Index||0.529 (2007)|
|Percentage of Population below 20 years of age||51.9%|
|HIV & AIDS prevalence rate||18.8% (2007)|
|Primary Environmental Hazard||Drought|
|Head of State||H.M. King Mswati III|
|Head of Government||Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini|
|Government Type||Absolute Monarchy/Parlimentary System|