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Kingdom of Swaziland: 2006 - 2010


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Executive summary

  1. Swaziland faces a major crisis arising from an HIV and AIDS epidemic of unprecedented scope and severity. Its impact has reversed progress towards many national goals and the Millennium Development Goals. It is also decimating national capacity in ways that threaten to undermine the national response to the crisis. It is essential that the UN Development Assistance Framework should be relevant to supporting the Government and society’s response to that crisis.


  2. In 1999 His Majesty the King declared HIV and AIDS a national disaster requiring all efforts to bring down the infection rate and the impact from AIDS. In subsequent years the issues of poverty alleviation have also been central in his speeches. Consequently, the Government of Swaziland has identified its priorities in the policy referred to as the Smart Programme on Economic Empowerment and Development (SPEED). This policy identifies poverty alleviation, the fight against HIV and AIDS, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals as some of the key areas of development requiring major attention.


  3. The UNDAF (2006-2010) has identified five (5) key priority areas of cooperation:
    1. HIV and AIDS.
    2. Poverty Reduction.
    3. Food Security.
    4. Basic Social Services (mainly health and education).
    5. Governance.

  4. There are close inter-relationships across the five areas, and country programme outcomes and outputs have been selected in ways to maximize synergies across programmes. The over-riding priority for Swaziland is HIV and AIDS, and the other four areas will complement the HIV and AIDS response. Programme implementation arrangements will seek in operational terms to emphasize those complementarities and synergies, and to provide support to Government to address the capacity constraints, which are being exacerbated by the epidemic. The UNDAF calls for significant mobilization of resources by the agencies, and the strategies will also seek to mobilize other national and international resources towards the outcomes. A considerable number of the outputs detailed in the UNDAF matrices will be pursued through joint programming.


  5. The UN has relatively limited financial and human resources to respond to the wide range of national development issues in programmes of development cooperation and technical support to Swaziland. It is, therefore, a high priority of the UN agencies to ensure the best possible strategic use of their resources. It is expected that the UNDAF will help in this. Also establishment of a common framework of the UN assistance should enable the UN system to strengthen synergies and benefits of the work of each agency in order to:
    • Seek to minimize unnecessary overlaps in their work;
    • Make best use of comparative advantages of each agency in carrying out complementary initiatives; and
    • Provide a clear framework within which linkages may be enhanced between UN efforts to support the Government of Swaziland, and the work of other development partners and NGOs/Civil Society Groups providing development related assistance.




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