Swaziland joins the rest of the African Community to Commemorate the Day of the African Child

Background:

Every year, the Day of the African Child is commemorated by Member States of the African Union (AU) and its Partners (in accordance with the OAU Resolution CM/Res.1290 (XL). The DAC presents an opportunity to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent, thus consolidating their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights. It also provides an occasion for Governments, International Institutions and Communities to renew their on-going commitments towards improving the plight of children by organizing activities aimed at including children themselves

Justification:

 Since 2007, Swaziland declared June as children’s month.  The month provides the country with an opportunity to intensify advocacy on children’s issues. This then culminates to the commemoration of the Day of the African child. Every first week of June, the Government of Swaziland has continued to renew commitment to dedicating a whole month to intensify advocacy for children’s agenda by declaring June as children’s month on the first week of the month. However for 2017 the Launch of the Children’s month is proposed to be on the 1st June 2017 (Thursday) and it will take the form of a Media Launch with children’s participating during the day. During the Launch all stakeholders, including children, will convene to a proposed central venue and during the commemoration we propose Shiselweni Region at Eqinisweni Primary School on the 15th June 2017 (Thursday). The basis for choosing Shiselweni is the availability of the Eqinisweni School which provides a good model for inclusive education

Consultation:

 The preparation for both the Launch and the commemoration event is coordinated by the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, in particular the Children’s Department, in collaboration with, other relevant government ministries, CANGO NGO Children’s Consortium and UNICEF Swaziland.

Analysis:

The theme selected by the African Committee for the celebration of the DAC in 2017 is “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment, and equal opportunity”. The child friendly version of the theme is simply “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030”. As stakeholders we have agreed to focus on children with disabilities and our proposed localised theme is “For every child: protection, empowerment and equal opportunity.” The current issues facing children with disabilities require maximum protection, empowerment and equal opportunities. Hence we would like complement the Government of Swaziland’s efforts to enact the Persons with Disabilities Bill of 2015. Through this month and beyond we propose to also make visible all the other issues experienced by children with disabilities. Apart from the focus on children with disabilities, stakeholders would also use this opportunity to advocate for early identification and intervention of children with disability, safer school as centres of care and support through engaging teachers on positive discipline, and to raise awareness on the magnitude of sexual violence leading to the enactment of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill.

Preferred action:

Given that Swaziland is a member of the AU and is also signatory to the UN CRC and African Charter on Welfare of children, the country is expected to commemorate the 2017 Day of the African Child.

Implementation plan:

Activity Proposed Venue Proposed date

      Launch of Children’s month

Sibane Hotel, Ezulwini 8th June 2017
   Commemoration of the Day of the African Child Eqinisweni Primary School in Nhlangano Swaziland

Thursday 15th June 2017

      Communities:

4 dialogues to be held at comunities with the guidance of chiefs to facilitate discussing child rights.

Proposed for all four (4) Regions of Swaziland. 26th – 30th June 2017
 Radio programme:

Panelists hosted on the FODSWA radio programme “Teluleko ngekukhubateka” once every week for 6 months. VOC to be approached for additional slots.

National Radio June – December 2017

Documentary on the campaign issues to highlight children’s views on disability and violence. This will also include video clips with voices from the Champions (Chiefs), teachers and children

Proposed for all four (4) Regions June – December 2017

 

For more information about the DAC commemoration in Swaziland, please contact Lungile Mnisi at CANGO offices at 2404 4721 or email her at advocacyofficer@cango.org.sz.

 

 

CANGO calls for all Swazis to join the celebration of Africa Day

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The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) joins citizens and the continent in celebrating the holiday which is Africa Day on May 25 2017. Africa deserves this recognition because of the history of the successful struggle for the liberation of the continent on this day.
 
History of Africa Day
Africa Liberation Day is observed in commemoration of the Conference of Independent African States which was first held in Accra, Ghana on April 15, 1958, founded by the efforts of Kwame Nkrumah. This initiative attracted many African leaders and activists from various countries.
 
Resolved to mark first steps towards the African liberation movement, on May 25, 1963, this day was symbiotically recognized during the birth of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) when about 31 countries met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to form OAU which championed breaking down all forms of colonialism.
The people were still determined to break apartheid and imperialism that was still persisted in other countries, including Swaziland which was to become independent five years later, in 6th September 1968.The Ghana initiative marked a period of change and to say ‘No more’, which eventually saw 17 African countries gaining their independence from imperialist European countries by the time the OAU was born.
 
On the trajectory 1960 was declared the year of Africa. The OAU then transitioned to the African Union (AU) whose focus is economic transformation which was launched in Durban, South Africa, in 2002.All these events led to this holiday which is African Liberation Day or as Africa Day, an awareness-raising day for African communities worldwide to never lose cause to fight for freedoms.
 
As we celebrate this day, the people of Swaziland must be reminded that we celebrate Africa and Africanness. We thank the founding fathers for their call for Africa to unite.We thank the leaders of this country who were one with the people as Africa Day is still a holiday in few countries, including the Kingdom of Swaziland.
 
Some skeptics are asking what is being celebrated when almost the half of the population live on One Dollar a day, famine is ravaging the Horn of Africa, people are dying from communicable diseases: HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, diarrhea, we witness internal conflicts, terrorism and more importantly oppression of citizens by governments institutions, gender based violence, corporations’ state capture, corruption, inequality and tribalism.
 
Mobilise
We in the NGO sector across the continent are determined to mobilise Africans still to celebrate the achievements however small they are. Let us mobilse Africans to transform the continent and realise the African renaissance. We have got to understand that there is no change that has ever come on its own. Only unity will free us from the roots of the suffering of the masses.
 
Aybuye IAfrica!
 
Emmanuel Ndlangamandla (Mr)
Executive Director
Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland.

CANGO Board, staff, managment & NGO Membership mourns the loss of former Lutheran Development Service (LDS) Director, Ms Pamela Meggit,

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CANGO Board, staff, managment & NGO Membership mourns the loss of former Lutheran Development Service (LDS) Director, Ms Pamela Meggit,
The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) would like to pass their condolences to the family of the former Lutheran Development Service (LDS) Director, Ms Pamela Meggit, who has passed on. Ms Meggit will be remembered as one of the founding directors of the Coordinating Assembly (CANGO) which has existed for over three decades. Because of her belief in the idea of NGOs working together collaboratively than competing for being effective agents of change in the lives of the people of Swaziland, her ideas still live on as principles embraced by the Assembly.
 
She was also a strong believer in NGOs’ collaborating with the Government in order to have meaningful impact in the country’s development agenda, credited amongst the Board members instrumental in the purchasing of the CANGO offices in Mbabane which led to the relocation of the organisation’s from Manzini to Mbabane in December 1999. Ms Pamela Meggit left huge footprints in the food crisis response of the 1992 drought disaster as part of the leaders that mobilised all NGOs interested in responding to the drought to start doing something.
 
In 1994, one of her many ideas, the Food Security and Livelihood Consortium, the first consortium under CANGO, was formalized. The consortium went further to secure funding from partners such as the European Union at the time when mitigation work was implemented throughout the country. Her leadership ensured that other partners including the World Food Programme were mobilised to support interventions aimed at addressing the plight of the poor and vulnerable communities in the country.
 
Because of her passion to care for the poor and vulnerable communities, it was this consortium, working under the guidance of the Disaster Task Force that was responsible for the national food distribution exercise. Ms Meggit also doubled as an instrumental founding Director of LDS. For many years, LDS was a source of inspiration and support for communities in the Lubombo region having its site offices at Ndzevane.
 
She implemented LDS’ strong systems, inspired vibrant governing board members and dedicated staff during her tenure as the founding director. The CANGO Board Members, management, staff and volunteers pay their special tribute to this exceptional individual who laid a solid foundation for both CANGO and the Lutheran Development Service. May her soul rest in peace!
 
From CANGO Board,Management, Staff & NGO membership

Call for Job Applications by Joyful Hearts Organisation (NGO based in Manzini) for 21 positions.

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Call for Job Applications

Client: Joyful Hearts (NGO based in Manzini)

Positions:
Monitoring & Evaluation Offficer: 1 position
Nurses: 3 positions
Environmental Health Officers: 4 positions
Community Linkages Supervisor: 1 position
Community Linkage Officers: 6 positions
Logistics Officer; 1 position
Drivers: 3 positions
Cashier: 1 position
Data Clerk: 1 position

Joyful Hearts Organization (JHO) in Partnership with Ministry of Health (MoH) and its National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) is currently working in Lubombo region implementing “Malaria Elimination in Southern Africa” Project. The project is funded by Global through ADPP Mozambique and have a duration of 17 months starting April 2017 ending 30 August 2018.

The specific objectives of the Grant is to expand access to early diagnosis and treatment of Malaria in Lubombo region at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane and Maphungwane borders area communities as well as for mobile and migrant populations.
In this connection, Joyful Hearts Organization would like to recruit the following staff to employ in the project:

1. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
– Conduct regular visits to project sites to carry out process monitoring as well as gather feedback from the beneficiary community about the implemented projects and submit a detail report about the activities.
– Attend and observe each bidding process prior to grant implementation to ensure transparency on behalf of all stakeholders.
– Organize and attend the Community events and meetings and document proceedings, decisions made and level of community participation
– Compile comprehensive final project evaluations report based on information retrieved from the database and field.
– Draft project specific M&E plans to be included in grant development and also
– Coordinate with Nurse in Charge to obtain clinical data pertinent to each indicator outlined in the project M&E plans at the post completion visit to the project site.
– Identify and document success stories and case studies on extraordinary aspects of the project.
– Support the Supervisor in the collection of additional information from the field as required.
Qualification & Experience:
– Degree in Social Sciences or other related domain
– Minimum of 03 years working experience with project Monitoring and Evaluation, Project development and proposal writing, and implementation of development-type projects.
– S/he should have experience in community participation and consultative-type projects.
– Must have the capacity to understand and analyse national, regional, and local politics, and the creativity and analytical capacity to design and implement grants with the interface between government and communities.
– Fluent writing and speaking skills in English and siSwati as language spoken in the local Communities.
Duty Station
M&E Officer will be based on Manzini with outreach to the malaria Posts and Communities at Lomahasha and Tikhuba. For that s/he must have a valid driving license.

2. Nurses (3)

Duties & Responsibilities:
The nurses will provide core diagnosis and treatment of malaria, as well as a basic package of primary health care as per the nationally defined package by:
– Screen all fever patients for malaria who visit malaria health posts
– Identify and record all suspected cases of malaria, including screening of fevers, and through profiling of high risk groups
– Test suspected cases with rapid diagnostic tests
Qualifications and skills:
– Degree/Diploma in General Nursing;
– Registered with the Swaziland Nursing Council
– Two (2) years of community nursing experience
– Fluent in siSwati and English

Duty Station
The nurses will work at Malaria Posts at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and/or Maphungwane (Tikhuba) with outreach at in community venues. Traveling is required and hours may vary. They will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate Lomahasha during the project implantation period.

3. Environmental Health Officers (4)
Duties & Responsibilities:
Environmental Health Officers will conduct malaria surveillance in the communities. They will track malaria cases that have been diagnosed to analyse if the cases have been imported or are local

Qualifications and skills:
– Degree in Environmental health or public health.
– Strong organizational skills, and interests in environmental effects on health,
– One year of community working experience
– Fluent communication in siSwati and English

Duty Station
Environmental Health officer will work at malaria program as educators or researchers, in outreach teams, at work sites, in malaria post, or in malaria basic. Traveling is required and hours may vary. They will work in community venues and sometimes provide care at malaria post at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and Maphungwane (Tikhuba). They will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate Lomahasha or Siteki during the project implantation period.

4. Community Linkage Supervisor (1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
To provide leadership to field team who make demand creation and oversight that will ensure the quality and integrity of the screening and data.
Qualifications and skills
– Degree Environmental health or public health.
– Strong communication and organizational skills, and interests in environmental effects on health,
– One year of community working experience
– Fluent in siSwati and English
Duty Station
The Community Linkage Supervisor will supervise community demands creation in Lomahasha and Tikhuba Inkhundla. Traveling on motorbikes is required and hours may vary and will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate of Lomahasha or Tikhuba during the project implantation period.

5. Community Linkage Officer (6)

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Community Linkage Officers (CLO) will be responsible for helping communities to navigate and access malaria services and adopt healthy behaviors. Provide social support and informal counselling, and provide services such malaria screening, community outreach and home visits.
Qualification and skills
– High School Certificate;
– Successful completion of Community Health related formal training program which include HTC, Rapid testing and phlebotomy.
– Written and oral fluency in siSwati and English required
– Experience in data collection,
– Originally from Swaziland, preferably originally from Lubombo region, more specifically from Tikhuba and Lomahasha Inkhundla.
Duty Station
They will manage community demands creation at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and Maphungwane (Tikhuba) through a door-to-door approach. They will be obliged and stay in the above mentioned communities during the project implantation period.

6. Logistics officer ( 1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
– On the Malaria Plus site, collaborate with the MoH to maintain adequate stocks of primary health care medicines in accordance with the country’s Basic Package of Primary Health Care commodities requirements through regional supply
– Manage logistics and utilities and equipment maintenance.
– Provide technical and operational support to the field team as well as advice on application of logistics management best practice, systems and procedures.
Qualifications and skills
– Diploma in Supply Chain Management
– Two years work experience in logistics.
– Valid driving license with 3 years’ experience in driving
Duty Station
The Logistic Officer will be based at Joyful Hearts Main Officer Manzini with regular travel to the malaria Post.

7. Drivers (3 )
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Driver is to assist field team in malaria project to fulfill their mission of working by providing safe driving support and general administration and logistical work.
Qualifications and skills
– High School Certificate
– Valid driving license
– Previous experience of at least 5 years driving
– Experience in organization sector.
– Candidates should have some minimum technical knowledge about problems encountered with vehicles in day to day running and how to solve them.
Duty Station
They will work in community venues, sometimes at malaria posts or Main office Manzini. They will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate Lomahasha or Siteki during the project implantation period.

8. Cashier ( 1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Cashier will support the Organization in maintaining high standards of financial system by managing the petty cash, processing and reviewing journal entries and vouchers, maintaining cash transactions and providing support to achieve all Finance Department and audit requirements.
Skills and qualification:
– High School Certificate
– Certificate in accounting and finance;
– Experience in the proper procedures of recording and handling of cash.
Experience in organization sector.
Duty Station
The Cashier will be based at Joyful Hearts Main Officer Manzini.

9. Data Clerk ( 1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
To enter data from various source documents into the computer system for storage, processing and data management purposes.
Qualification and skills
– Diploma in Administration or Management preferably in IT
– Experience of two years in data entry and administrative procedures
– Experience in Microsoft Office packages
Duty Station
The data Clerk will be based at Malaria post at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and is obliged to lodge and stay to the proximate of Lomahasha the project implantation period.

Interested candidates should submit their application with: motivation letter, CV, certified copy of academic certificates, recommendation letter from previous employers to the following address: Joyful Hearts Organization, Recruitment Office, B.O. Box 5056 Manzini via the Post or Hand delivery at the Reception of Joyful Hearts at Manzini, Coats Valley, Jacaranda streets behind Seychelles Embassy. Deadline 2nd May 2017 by 5pm. For more detail on Job Description you may visit our website:www.joyfulheartsorganization.org, For additional clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact our recruitment officer at 7868 2140.

CANGO calls for citizen participation in budget-systems

 

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Introduction

The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) under the Economic Justice Project notes with concern that the reason why there has been a misunderstanding between Parliament and the Executive is because the national budget systems are still closed to citizens.

While we would like to still congratulate the Minister of Finance, Martin Dlamini, for having delivered a budget amidst the financial difficulties over declining SACU receipts the precipitated Elnino Drought, CANGO would like to reflect on the budget speech and the reaction by Members of Parliament (MPs) over the national budget.

Paying taxes

We applaud the Swazi nation for honouring their national obligation of being responsible citizens who pay their taxes. Whilst it is not easy particularly to individuals facing so many challenges to do, paying taxes is the right thing to do. Taxes have in the last few years seen an increase in domestic revenue, thanks to strategies implemented by the Swaziland Revenue Authority to ensure that this cap is increased.

However, it is not just about paying taxes that should be prioritised. The duty of the government of the day should be to realise that citizens’ demands more for services including access to health, education and water are met. What are of essence, however, are the inclusion of citizens and the openness of budget-formulation systems where the citizens, particular tax payers, would have a say in budgeting.

While MPs felt strongly about influencing the budget to the extent of rejecting it at first for reform, it must be remembered that under the Tinkhundla system of governance, the people they serve are at grassroots level. Unfortunately, the mechanism of involving citizens is at grassroots level is not realised.

The persistence of the problem leaves out also the MPs to get involved in the budget process whereas the global trend is to the effect that governments are now opening up debates to citizens who have views.

While the Executive could be presumed to prepare the budget in line with national priorities   including the National Development Strategy, Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Plan, Social protection, Sustainable Development Goals, African union Agenda 63 and the SADC Regional Indicative Programme, opening up to the public does not take away its powers.

Deficit

The Hon Minister of Finance’s budget speech stated that the focus of the budget was in “Building Resilience and Boosting future Growth” whilst pursuing His Majesty, King Mswati III’s call for “Rising Above Adversity to create prosperity for all”. The Minister highlighted that the budget has a shortfall of 12.3 per cent of the GDP on projections. The concern we have is that with budget supplementary practices this shortfall is bound to further increase. We therefore urge the Minister of Finance for fiscal discipline and in this regard the Hon Minister should take bold steps to curb wasteful spending including fighting corruption.

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There should be clear measures how government will spend according to what is available.  The Minister stated that “dvula dvula” were responsible for expanding the budget deficit.  We would like to applaud the Minister for addressing social protection issues by increasing the payment for the elderly, disabled and OVC support extended to secondary schools.

Whilst we would have appreciated an increase up to at least E600 per month for the elderly, we note the financial difficulties the country faces. Going forward, however, government should have social protection programmes which address social inequalities whilst enabling meeting basic needs. These caution wealth which tends to be concentrated in a few hands.

Allocations for drought and disaster relief, water sector, sanitation and earth dams are welcome as well. Other critical sectors such as health and Education were also areas of focus for the country. There is concern though that the country does not meet the 15% allocation for health as per the Abuja Declaration of 2001 and 10% for agriculture under the Maputo Declaration. Should the country fail to invest in agriculture, it could push the country’s hopes of meeting food security further.

Investing in youth

We also note with concern that the RDF and Youth Fund are not sufficiently budgeted for yet we know that over 50% of young people are unemployed. There is a call for countries in Africa to benefit from the young population through proper investment. It is a concern that scholarships continue to be a challenge in particular for students from poor backgrounds. It is time we re-visit the funding model so that the disadvantaged children have access to funding for tertiary education. 

National Security

National security is indeed critical. However, there is need for the country to ensure that the investment is balanced with other pressing national development priorities.

Conclusion

The Economic Justice Programme will further analyse the budget to assist the civil society through AA Budget Forum to understand how the budget will respond to national issues of concern.

 

 

 

Swaziland to Commemorate the International Womens Day at Mavuso Trade Center on the 8th March 2017: “Women in the Changing World of Work: PLanet 50/50 by 2030″.

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International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8globally. International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the progress made in realising gender equality and women’s empowerment. It provides an opportunity for countriesand communities to look back on accomplishments and progress made; challenges and more importantly to look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. It is also a global hub for sharing information, experiences, good practices, events, and resources on key development issues and assessing how women are a part of these.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50/50 by 2030″. THe theme cals for women active partiicpation in ensuring positive strides towards attainment of gender equality through soial, economic and political response measures. While there are areas of significant improvements, there are aspectes of inequalities that still exist that still recquire attention.
The 2017 International Womens Day Commemoration is scheduled as follows:
Date: 8 March 2017
Venue: Mavuso Trade Center, Manzini
Time: 9.00am
Fro further information please contact Mr Gideon Gwebu at the Deputy Prime Ministers Office at 7605 0416 or email him at ggwebu11@gmail.com.

Call for Expression of Interest: Consultancy to undertake review Swaziland National Budget for 2017/2018

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Introduction:

CANGO having implemented an Economic Justice programme through support from OSISA in 2007-2010 has identified a gap in advocating for better policies and budgetary processes that address the needs of the poor. CANGO in partnership with OSISA held a Civil Society Economic Roadmap exercise in 2012 where civil society articulated clearly the expectations from the government and CANGO has signed a new grant agreement with OSISA on Advocacy, budget and economic analysis project which will now isolate the key resolutions taken from the economic roadmap exercise and articulate them through advocacy campaigns as part of this project.

The Civil Society Budget & Economic Analysis Cluster under CANGO falls under a broader initiative by CANGO to promote accountability & transparency. This is in line with some of the broader initiatives CANGO has undertaken to promote better fiscal discipline and priotisation of the needs of the poor and vulnerable communities in the government budget especially marginalized groups. Some of the initiatives have focused on a broader scope of areas and the current Economic Justice programme has been designed to be implemented in three phases clustered as follows:

  • The first level focuses mainly on CSOs mobilization, capacity building of CANGO Consortia, CSO partners, and selected communities deepening understanding of the government planning mechanism and budgetary processes, the realization of human rights and creating a framework that will capture the needs of communities
  • The Second  being Capacity building targeting CANGO Consortia, CSO partners and communities in particular traditional authorities,  vulnerable groups including women, children and the youth
  • The third pillar can be summarized as engaging the budgeting system that the Government of Swaziland uses on an annual basis and understand some of the international best practices that have been adopted when budgeting. This is now being done with the systematic support of partners like IBP & UNICEF.
  • The fourth pillar focuses on the Budget analysis and platforms for CSOs and policy makers including Central Ministries including Finance, Economic Planning and Ministries that deliver social services and Parliament Committees. This focuses on building the critical mass by mobilizing, providing space and capturing voices of communities in particular women, the youth, disabled and the elderly
  • The fifth pillar will focus on knowledge management, information dissemination through various forms of media.

2.0 Objectives of the Exercise

The goal of the review of the annual national budget is to build the capacity of CANGO Consortia members and ultimately communities to influencing better budgeting and priotisation of the needs of the people during the government planning process.

The specific objectives of the exercise are to:

  • To review the 2017/2018 national budget and present a detailed analysis of the priotisation of the needs of the poor and marginalized during a one day workshop covering all the different government sectors.
  • Review and summarize the Public Finance & Management Bill of 2013 and present findings to CANGO Consortia members with the view to advocate for reforms of the specific sector policy.
  • Create a common understanding amongst CANGO Consortia members on how to influence policy agenda especially policy budgetary reforms when engaging the budget national process and Public Finance & Management Bill of 2013

 

  • 3.0 Qualifications of Consultants

The assignment will be undertaken by a consultant with the following profile:

  • The consultant shall have a minimum of postgraduate qualification in Economics, Development Management or Social Sciences.
  • Professional background/experience of not less than 10 years.
  • Have competencies and skills in the management, evaluation and monitoring of national policy think tanks and institutions and extensive experience and knowledge in the area/s of budget analysis and government institutional review especially budgetary allocations within Ministries.
  • Have a vast experience in undertaking review of either national or sectorial government budget allocations.
  • Sound knowledge of the NGO environment in Swaziland.

 

3.1 Review Outputs

The expected output of the consultancy is the following:

  • Detailed Review of the National budget for 2017/2018 taking into account the NDS, Poverty reduction strategy, Social Protection grants and related issues.
  • Review the Government policies and programmes and identify how budget addresses poverty, unemployment, youth issues, economic recovery, social protection and other issues.
  • Link the budgetary process to the Public Finance & Management Bill of 2013.
  • Present report to 50 Members of the Consortia during a consultative dialogue.
  • Incorporate comments from CSOs during consultative dialogue.

Preference will be given to local based Consultants. The call is open to individual consultancies only.

  • Selection of individual Consultant

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on the Consultants Qualifications method set out in the CANGO Procurement guidelines.

  • Submission of Expression of Interest

Consultants are encouraged to send a 2-3 page detailed expression of interest with clear approach, methodology and budget how to undertake proposed work and attach detailed CVs clearly marked “Expression of Interest for Consultancy to undertake the Review of the Government Annual budgetary review and Government Budgeting Training which should all be emailed to proposals@cango.org.sz and copied to cango@cango.org.sz.

The deadline for applications 23th February 2017 at 1300 hours and all emails should have subject CANGO Economic Justice Expression of Interest.

 

TASC offers new training course in HIV Counselling for aspiring Counsellors

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TASC National Director Mrs Thandie Nhlengetfwa

The AIDS Information and Support Centre (TASC) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Swaziland whose core services revolve around risk reduction counselling, promotion of positive living concepts and HIV antibody testing.

The contact details for the are as follows:

TASC TRAINING DEPARTMENT

Email address : training@tasc.org.sz; tasc@realnet.co.sz
TASC Training Department Mobile No. : +268 78358411
Main line : +268 2505 4790
WhatsApp : +268 7835 8411
Facebook: TASC – Training department
Contact Person: Ms. Zodwa Moyane-Mabila.

The full brochure can be found on the link below in PDF format:

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SADC Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage and Protecting Children Already in Marriage

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Child marriage remains a problem in Southern Africa due to a variety of factors.
These include poverty; gender inequity; tradition; insecurity, especially in
times of conflict, limited education and lack of adequate legal frameworks in
Member States, most of which are inconsistent. In at least five countries in the
Southern African Development Community (SADC), almost 40% of children
are married before they are 18 years of age. Malawi and Mozambique are
amongst 10 countries in the world with the highest rates of child marriage.
In both countries over 50% of children are married before they are 18 years
of age. In Mozambique and Malawi 1 in 2 girls is married before she turns 18
years of age. In Zambia and Madagascar, the prevalence of child marriage is
over 40%.

The Model Law is intended to trigger policy reforms and development or
revision of substantive laws in Member States (MS) of SADC as:
it is a regional process shifting focus from national requirements
to regional dimensions based on best regional practices, shared
experiences, convergence of ideas, principles and concepts and
arrived at through consensus, making it a useful tool for policy
discussions, enactment of laws, decision-making and efficacious
enforcement which is dynamic in achieving within the region
harmonisation beneficial to eradicating child marriage.

Visit link below for the full Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriages &  Protecting Children Already in Marriage

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SANGONeT & CANGO partner to host “Tech4Good NGO Day” in Swaziland

civil-societySANGONeT in partnership with Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) invites all NGOs /CBOs/FBOs operational in Swaziland to a ‘Tech4Good NGO Day’one day symposium. The event will showcase and demonstrate how NGOs can benefit on latest technology available through TechSoup Swaziland. TechSoup Swaziland, an initiative of SANGONeT and TechSoup Global, is an online technology donation programme that assists NGOs by providing software at a very low or discounted fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners. Current donating partners are Microsoft, Autodesk, Box, Bitdefender and Tableau.

CANGO coordinate, advocate, strengthen capacity and empower NGOs to effectively deliver on their mandates. SANGONeT handles all validations and customer service for TechSoup Swaziland NGOs. The event will also provide an opportunity for SANGONeT to present on all their initiatives aimed at NGOs. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss ICT challenges during the event.

We encourage NGOs in Swaziland to join us at this event scheduled as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Time: 08h00 – 11h00hrs
Venue: Royal Swazi Sun Hotel, Ezulwini

To confirm your participation, please forward your name & surname, organisation name, contact number and e-mail address to Mphile Sihlongonyane, E-mail: cango@cango.org.sz, Tel: 00268 2404 6586 by Friday, 10 February 2017.

For more about TechSoup Swaziland, refer to https://swaziland.techsoup.global/ For more about SANGONeT, refer to http://www.sangonet.org.za For more about CANGO, refer to http://www.cango.org.sz/