Preliminary statement for the Secondary Elections the Eswatini Elections Support Network (EESN)

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Background Information: The Eswatini Elections Support Network which operates under the auspices of the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) which  is a fully operational Network comprising of 10 Non-Governmental Organisations which focus primarily on elections undertook an observer mission for the national primary elections of the Kingdom of Eswatini. The network deployed 120 observers across 59 Tinkhundla areas across all four regions. The Network is also a member of the SADC Elections Network and collaborates with the SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations based in Botswana.  The view good governance as the critical foundation for development.  Good  governance entails a government that respects the rule of law,  separation of powers  between the  Executive,  Legislature and the Judiciary,  respect  and protection of human rights, access to Justice,  delivery of quality services  and facilitate  participation of citizens  in  decision making.  The observers deployed were trained so that they become versed with procedures for monitoring/observing election and adhere to ethical guidelines that govern observer missions.

Here is the full preliminary statement for the secondary elections below:

2018 Secondary elections report

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Report on Determining Better Investments for Children in Eswatini: Health, Education, Social Protection & Acess to Justice.

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The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs commissioned a desktop research to determine better investments for children in Swaziland. The research aimed to bring to the fore the size and extent of government expenditure on children and the existence policies supporting such expenditures.

Since the research was mainly a desk review, several government budget and expenditure documents were reviewed including national policies and strategic frameworks. Peer reviewed literature and international publications on children were also reviewed to give perspective on practice elsewhere and enable comparisons between Swaziland and other countries in the region as well as the rest of the world.

The investment analysis focused on health, education and social protection since these have a direct bearing on child development. The analysis of government expenditure was limited to recurrent spending as this information was easily available compared to capital spending. The results of the analysis revealed that substantial investments have been made in education and health in the past five years and these have been on a gradual increase over the years. As such, Swaziland compares favourably with other countries in the region and the rest of the world.

THE FULL STURY CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

DETERMINING BETTER INVESTMENTS FOR CHILDREN IN ESWATINI

Report on the Availability of Disaggregated Data for Widows, Women with Disabilties and the Elderly in the Kingdom of Eswatini

 

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In searching for available data on women with disabilities, widows and elderly women in Swaziland is a very difficult task. This study attempts to document data for women with disabilities and the elderly women, and widows. Some data was identified from certain qualitative reports on disability in general, the elderly people and widows. Countries are urged to collect sex disaggregated data and conduct a gender analysis of this data. Sex-disaggregated data are data that are collected and analysed separately on males and females. This typically involves asking the “who” questions, for example, who provides labor, who makes the decisions, who owns and controls the land and other resources. Or it may involve asking men and women about their individual roles and responsibilities. Some people mistakenly believe that the goal of collecting sex-disaggregated data and conducting gender analysis is simply to understand the situation for women. But, both men and women are involved in production, so it is necessary to understand both of their roles and responsibilities and how these may change in the context of new policies, markets, and technologies.

CANGO with support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) commissioned a research that tried to document what data was available for elderly women, women with disabilties and widows. The full report can be downloaded on the link below:

Report on marginalised groups-Elderly women widows and women with disabilities

Challenges faced by Trial awaiting detainees in the Kingdom of Eswatini

The report presents findings of an investigation conducted by the Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration in seven Correctional Centres in the country. The report also proposes interventions/recommendations for addressing some of the issues identified. This report is complimentary to the complaints that have been lodged on behalf of the inmates who have spent an „unreasonably‟ long time awaiting their trials. The objective is to address the complaints lodged, but also to come up with solutions that will address the problems in a systematic and sustainable manner.
Trial awaiting detainees face numerous challenges on accessing justice, and these results to prolonged detentions in Swaziland which are human rights and public administration related issues.

The full report can be downmloaded below:

ASSESSMENT OF PROLONGED DETENTION PERIODS IN SD REPORT

 

No Concise Data on the Prevalence of Injected Drug Use (IDU) in Eswatini according to a study commissioned by SACRO.

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In a study commissioned by the Swaziland Association for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders (SACRO), Drugs are believed to be widely abused in Eswatini. However, there has never been a systematic assessment of the nature, extent and patterns of drug abuse in the country. There is therefore, need to give priority to conducting a rapid assessment of drug abuse in the country.  Such an assessment is essential to the development of policy and the designing of appropriate programmes for the prevention of drug abuse and treatment and rehabilitation of the drug abusers.  COSAD (NGO that used to perate in Eswatini) found that very little progress had been made towards attending to substance abuse, which situation has gone beyond the problem of substance abuse alone, for it relates to the current escalation of crime, family and social breakdown.

The full report as published by SACRO can be downloaded below:

Mapping IDUs_Finalised Report

CANGO Observer Mission perliminary report for the Eswatini National Primary Elections of 2018

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The Eswatini Elections Support Network which operates under the auspices of the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) is a fully operational Consortium comprising of 10 Non-Governmental Organisations which focus primarily on elections undertook an observer mission for the national primary elections. The network deployed 120 observers across 44 Tinkhundla areas across all four regions. The Network which is a member of the SADC Elections Network and collaborates with the SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations based in Botswana.  The NGOs under the elections support network view good governance as the critical foundation for development.  Good  governance entails a government that respects the rule of law,  separation of powers  between the  Executive,  Legislature and the Judiciary,  respect  and protection of human rights, access to Justice,  delivery of quality services  and facilitate  participation of citizens  in  decision making.

The observers deployed were trained so that they become versed with procedures for monitoring/observing election and adhere to ethical guidelines that govern observer missions.  The observer mission undertook to observe the national elections as provided by the six electoral laws of Eswatini which include the following:

a) The Elections and Boundaries Commission Act, 2013.

b)The Voters Registration Act, 2013 (repeals Voters Registration Order 1992

c) The Elections Act, 2013 (repeals Elections Order 1992

d) The Senate (Elections) Act, 2013.

e) The Parliamentary (Petitions) Act, 2013; and

f) The Elections Expenses Act, 2013.

CANGO deployed 120 local observers that covered around 170 polling stations during the primary national elections. Below is the full perliminary report.

2018 Primary Elections report

Strengthening our Partnerships towards the SADC We Want Communique and Action Plan of the 14th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum

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13-15 August 2018
Windhoek, Namibia

We, the Southern African Civil Society, convened by the Regional Apex Alliance Partners, namely: the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Trade Unions Coordinating Council (SATUCC) and the SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (SADCCNGO), gathered at the Heja Lodge in Windhoek Namibia on the 13th – 15th of August 2018. We collectively developed a strategic response to “Strengthening Partnerships for Effective Engagement, Structural Transformation and Influencing the Policy Agenda of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)”. We are cognisant of the fact that this response must be complemented by strengthening our own institutional governance and accountability, such that our agenda is informed, influenced and driven by those whose interests and rights we intend to advance, protect and defend.

Below is the full Communique which can be downloaded:

Final 14th CSF Communique and Action Plan 18 August

Renewed calls by the Childrens Consortium, a network of 34 NGOs under the aupices of CANGO calling for an to Ritual Killings

Recent discovery of two decomposed male bodies with missing body parts highlights the need for renewed effort in addressing ritual killings. The Children’s Consortium under the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Eswatini is saddened by the continued killing of people with impunity for ritual purposes. Latest reports of such murders seem to continue unabated, despite the Children’s Consortium and partners having marched in a wide-national awareness raising launch in condemnation of the act last month.
 
The latest incident of a man who was mutilated reflects the vulnerability of all people in the society an increase in number of missing and murdered people. As no one is safe from these attacks, there needs to be more effort put in terms of community visible policing to protect citizens of the country.
According to the 2015 Report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the study on the situation of human rights of persons living with albinism, ritual killing and related human rights abuses take place on the continent because some people still believe in charms and that the performance of ritual sacrifices can fortify them spiritually, enhance their fortunes in business and during elections, or protect them from harm, disease, poverty, accident, death or destruction.
There are beliefs that human body parts can magically gain people wealth, prosperity and/or to gain them power in winning elections. The result of such beliefs is that several cases of kidnapping and disappearance of persons are traced to the vicious schemes and activities of alleged ritualists. In most cases, those targeted for ritual sacrifice are vulnerable of the population — the poor, women, children the aged and people with disabilities.
 
These are wrong beliefs totally in disregard of the human life which ought to be protected at all times. Such attacks involve the violation of fundamental human rights. The practice of ritual killing is against the tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and other human rights instruments. In this 21st century, it is sad to see inhabitants of the Kingdom being hunted down like wild animals, mutilated, murdered or sacrificed for ritual purposes or elections. All of the above practices must be thoroughly interrogated and solutions brought forward on how they could be ended.
 
 
The perpetrators and their collaborators who get away with these egregious violations capitalize on the prevalent fear and vulnerability of eMaSwati and poor, ineffective policing as well as in short supply protective measures delaying due justice for the victims and their families.
In such events, vulnerable individuals do not live to seek justice or redress because they are dead or lack the resources to pursue cases for redress if ever they survive the ordeal.
The families and communities fear spiritual or supernatural backlash therefore never hold their duty bearers accountable.
Local authorities lack the necessary tools and skills to enforce the rule of law to protect human rights without evidence even if there are known suspects.
 
Traditional healers need to come out boldly to rise up against the killings, name and shame clients and their peers if ever they are suspected to be practicing witchcraft. There is need to have a national dialogue with all stakeholders and denounce ritual killings in all its forms. Ritual killings are a harmful social practice and should be addressed as such. As some are eager to enter or re-enter political offices in September this year, we continue to call for renewed actions by state entities in addressing ritual killings that are alleged to be linked to the national elections. The children’s Consortium under CANGO further calls for the following:
 
• The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights should pay critical attention to ritual killing, human sacrifice and other human rights violations that are committed in the name of religion, culture or tradition and highlight it as a serious cause of concern during state party reports. Furthermore, the African Commission must raise issues concerning ritual killing and sacrifice during their official visits and when examining the periodic reports of states;
• The African Commission should hold states where human sacrifice is still ongoing accountable and responsible;
• Duty bearers especially law enforcement be provided with adequate resources and facilities to expedite the process of prosecution for such cases;
• The quality of education, the mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights should be strengthened;
• Aggressive legislative and administrative measures should be implemented to combat ritual murder and human sacrifice;
• UN bodies, EU, local private partners and other international partners should support local initiatives and join hands with local organisations that aim to call for an end to ritual killings;
• Allocate more resources to host community sensitization awareness campaigns at community level to denounce some of the myths associated with ritual killings.
 
For more information, contact
 
The Secretariat
CANGO
Phone: (+268) 2404 4721
Email: cango@cango.org.sz
CC: communications@cango.org.sz
 
Statement by
World Vision Eswatini
Chair of the Children’s Consortium

Training Needs Assessment for all NGOs in the Kingdom of Eswatini being undertaken by CANGO

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Mbabane: CANGOs overall mandate as an umbrella body is to ensure a well-functioning and coordinated civil society. CANGO envisages a future that is characterized by a civil society which is empowered, vibrant and well-coordinated for the improvement of the quality of life for the marginalized in society CANGO has a membership of over 70 members organized into consortia: SHACO, Gender, Children, Food Security and Human Rights & Governance. These consortia through capacity building, advocacy and program implementation address relevant regional & national issues to ensure a vibrant sector and society.
Vision: Existence of a society with a decent standard of living.
Mission: Coordinate and empower NGOs to effectively deliver on their mandates

Objectives of CANGO:
• To ensure effective coordination, collaboration and networking amongst civil society by 2020.
• To provide capacity building to Secretariat, six (6) Consortia and ten (10) CSOs per year for the delivery of quality services by 2020.
• To ensure a functional grants management system for ten (10) CSOs and Secretariat by 2020.
• To ensure effective and adequate advocacy for all Consortia by 2020.
• To ensure the long term sustainability of CANGO and CSOS through developed resource mobilization strategies by 2020.

Training Needs Asessment for all NGOsoperational in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Human Resources is the backbone of any Organisation. CANGO’s one of the key mandate is building capacity of members. Over the years CANGO has provided training based on resources secured from partners which has limited capacity to broad areas such as policy analysis, budget work, advocacy. The soft skills that are key in organisational professionalism and effectiveness have not been possible. The high turnover faced by many NGOs have also depleted capacity with no mechanism to build capacity in volunteers and new staff. Therefore, CANGO would like to organise tailor made trainings targeting members. To this end, the training needs analysis questionnaire seeks for information regarding training needs.

Uploaded below on the lin is the training needs asessment and we are asking all NGOs/FBOs/CBOs/INGOs and any other form of non governmental organisation either registered or non registered with CANGO to fill in the form below and return to the adress below via email. All forms should be filled in and emailed back to d.pullanikkatil@gmail.com and copy cango@cango.org.sz. Please send the form back to us by the 31st August 2018.

Training Needs Assessment of NGOs in Eswatini

CANGO extends appreciation to MPs for allaying nation’s fears for reversing further deferred SODV Bill

Fears that the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence (SODV) Bill might be again deferred were quickly eliminated after Members of the House of Assembly accepted the amendment of the upper House of Senate to increase the consenting age from 16 to 18 years.

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Held through majority vote by Members of Parliament, the Senate’s only amendment was adopted by the Assembly putting the SODV Bill No of 2015 further closer into being an Act of Parliament.

The Assembly which had earlier adopted the proposed age of consent as 16 accepted with little reservations Senate’s amendment to 18 years, as Senate’s sentiments were communicated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Paul Dlamini. These included enlisting other laws which are in conflict with the Bill to move for repeal, Lobamba Lomdzala MP Marwick Khumalo submitted.
The Bill will fully become an Act once it receives His Majesty the King’s signed pronunciation.
For two parliaments, civil society, including CANGO and consortia members have advocated and lobbied for stronger deterrence as a form of addressing widespread domestic violence and gender-based abuse, CANGO Communications said, adding that their fears that history would repeat itself were now put to ease.