About UNDP in Swaziland

UNDP Swaziland works a number of partners in Government and the Private Sector in order to achieve the MDGs. Photo credited to UNDP.UNDP Swaziland works a number of partners in Government and the Private Sector in order to achieve the MDGs.

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of halving absolute poverty by 2015. UNDP's network links global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of: Achieving the MDGs and Reducing Poverty, fostering Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Energy and Environment for Sustainable Development, and responding to HIV/AIDS. In all our activities, we promote the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.

What do we want to accomplish?


In line with the UN Millennium Development  Goals (MDGs) to reduce world poverty in half by 2015, UNDP Swaziland has crafted strategies to focus on Governance and Gender Mainstreaming, Poverty Reduction, HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming, Environment and Climate Change.

Swaziland system of governance is characterised by the interactions among the traditional system and Westminster models of governance. In pursuit of this unique governance system, the Kingdom has endeavoured to develop modern political and administrative structures whose electoral, appointive and operational legitimacy are rooted in, and complemented by the traditional institutions.

Swaziland is a low middle-income country with a per capita income of about U$1350, over twice the Sub-Saharan African average. However, the proportion of the population living below the poverty line is 69% (of which 63% are females and 37% males) and these are subsisting on less than E128.6 (US$ 24) per capita per month in 2004. This shows the extreme poverty prevailing in the country. Poverty indices also show that women are the worst affected in Swaziland and as such, female-headed homes account for the highest number of poverty stricken families.

The CO programme contributes to the reduction of new HIV infections and improving quality of life of persons affected and infected by HIV by 2015. UNDP has prioritized strengthening national and local management and coordination to improve service delivery in the areas of prevention, treatment care and support, impact mitigation and national response management. Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS, gender and human rights into national development plans and strengthening of monitoring and evaluation systems of coordinating institutions to effectively manage the national response. 

Consistent with international instruments and national legislation, the UNDP Energy, Environment and Climate Change Programme facilitates the Post 2015 goal of poverty elimination. The programme enhances the biodiversity and ecosystem’s capacity to provide services fundamental to creation of wealth and economic growth. Deeper cooperation with emerging partners at both national and international level is promoted on shared development priorities to transform national productive capacities at all levels in particular with the vulnerable communities. Greater integration of risk management into national planning is promoted together with building the communities’ capacities on disaster prevention.

What are our results?

 

The UNDP Country Office has supported the Government of Swaziland and the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AID (NERCHA) with the development and operationalization of an electronic monitoring and evaluation system for Public Sector HIV and AIDS Coordinating Committee (PSHACC) and Swaziland Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (SWABCHA). The system is aimed at strengthening effective monitoring of the national response in the private and public sector.

The first HIV/AIDS Research and Evaluation Strategy and Agenda were developed in line with the extension National Strategic Framework (eNSF). The research agenda sets the priorities and guidance for conducting HIV research in Swaziland.  A formative research on the promotion of Human Rights to reduce HIV Infection amongst the most vulnerable populations in Swaziland was conducted. This provided a baseline on the challenges faced by vulnerable groups in accessing HIV related services.

A gender and human rights checklist was developed. The checklist will facilitate the mainstreaming of gender and HIV into programme development, Central Statistics Office (CSO), Private and Public Service HIV focal points were trained on gender and human rights mainstreaming. To enhance coordination and strategic planning, coordination framework was developed for Co-ordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO); SWABCHA and theSwaziland Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (SWANNEPHA) were supported with the development of strategic plans.

58 PSHACC HIV focal points were capacitated on monitoring and evaluation principles and RBM concept. NERCHA has also been supported with the development of the first corporate strategic plan to enhance coordination and management of the eNSF.  

Consistent with international instruments and national legislation, the UNDP Energy, Environment and Climate Change Programme facilitates the Post 2015 goal of poverty elimination. The programme enhances the biodiversity and ecosystem’s capacity to provide services fundamental to creation of wealth and economic growth.

Deeper cooperation with emerging partners at both national and international level is promoted on shared development priorities to transform national productive capacities at all levels in particular with the vulnerable communities. Greater integration of risk management into national planning is promoted together with building the communities’ capacities on disaster prevention.

Who are the decision makers?


The decision makers in UNDP consists of top management made up of the Resident Representative, Deputy Resident Representative and key heads of programmes.

Internal Decision Makers

Mr. Israel Dessalegne, Resident Representative

israel.dessalegne@one.un.org

Mr. Kabiru Nasidi, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative

kabiru.nasidi@undp.org

Ms. Fatou Leigh, UNDP Economic Advisor

fatou.leigh@undp.org

Ms. Lolo Mkhabela, UN Coordination Specialist    

lolo.mkhabela@undp.org

Ms. Sithembiso Hlatshwako, Programme Specialist

sithembiso.hlatshwako@undp.org

Ms. Senelisiwe Ntshangase, Programme Analyst

senelisiwe.ntshangase@undp.org

Mr. Dennis Fruhwirth, Operations Specialist

dennis.fruhwirth@undp.org

External Decision Makers

Ms. Bertram Stewart, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Planning & Development

Ms. Khangeziwe Mabuza, Principal Secretary at the Deputy Prime Minister's Office

Mr. Thembinkosi Mamba , Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Planning & Development

Mr. Steven Motsa, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy

Mr. Sibusiso Mkhonta, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism and Environment Affairs

 

 

 

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Our Consultants

Our List of all current consultants (SCs, SSAs) who will receive $30,000 or more from the CO over a 12 month period.

No.

Consultant Number

Name of Consultant

Job Title

Amount of Contract

Contract Duration

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS

1.

05/2013

Consultant 1

Provision of advisory service to Government of Swaziland and CO staff on Private Sector development

$56,000

6 months

2.

06/2013

Consultant 2

Team Leader – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment consultancy

$35,220

6 months

3.

17/2013

Consultant 3

Team Leader Biodiversity Project consultancy

$36,920

5 months

4.

021/2013

Consultant 4

Technical Advisor – Transboundary Project

$30,250

55 days spread out in 12 months.

INSTITUTIONAL CONTRACTS

1.

SWZ-03/2013

LCC Capital

Development of the National Climate Change Policy

E324,500

30 working days spread out within 6 months.

2.

SWZ-06/2013

Excellent Development

Conduct national feasibility study for the construction of Sand Dams

$47,858

51 working days spread out within 12 months

3.

SWZ-09/2013

South African Weather Station

Supply and install automated weather stations at LUSIP and KDDP project sites

E540,184.40

5 months