- Published on 13 August 2013
At the United Nations General Assembly meeting in 2000, World Leaders made a pledge to implement eight (8) developments goals geared towards improving the welfare of nations and forging stronger global partnerships by 2015. The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are:
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger,
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education,
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women,
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality,
Goal 5: Improve maternal health,
Goal 6: Combating HIV and Aids, Malaria and Other Diseases,
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability; and
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
These goals have been implemented with different successes and shortfalls by various countries and regions across the world. With 2015, merely two years away, a set of sustainable development goals are being formulated and the voices of people, your voice, will be important in shaping the global agenda for beyond 2015.
This questionnaire is formulated to solicit your opinion and to make your voice heard in shaping the agenda for Swaziland, beyond 2015. We count on your frank and objective response. Thank you for your time.
- 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|