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/

Swaziland FANRPAN Node Secretariat mourns the loss of its Seed Elder, Hon Obed Dlamini

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Hon Obed Dlamini

The Swaziland Food Agriculture Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Node Secretariat the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations in Swaziland (CANGO), the Swaziland FANRPAN Node Steering Committee & the regional FANRPAN Secretariat based in Pretoria, South Africa  wish to pass their sincere condolescences to the family and friends of Honorable Obed Dlamini who was very instrumental in supporting the development of community seed enterprise schemes under FANRPAN initiatives aimed at improving the seed sector in Swaziland.

Hon Obed Dlamini was appointed as a SEED ELDER by the FANRPAN Regional Secretariat and served the position diligently and selflessly. He was eventually honored as one of the two Seed Elders who represented Swaziland in different regional initiatives promoting the harmonization of seed security policies across four SADC member states under the auspices of the Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP). Hon Obed Dlamini also formed part of the Steering Committee that was overseeing the Swaziland Seed Security Project coordinated by CANGO and supported by the New Zealand High Commission based in South Africa.

The Swaziland FANRPAN Node Secretariat CANGO on behalf of the Swaziland FANRPAN Steering Committee wish to pass their condolescences to the Dlamini Family, the nation at large who have been touched by his deeds. Truly they were touched by an angel

May his Soul Rest in Peace.

By the Swaziland FARNPAN Node Secretariat

All Market Vendors, Cross Border Traders and Hairdressers invited to join the Coaliton of informal traders (CIEAS) in Swaziland

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Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS)

Invitation for all Vendors, Handicraft, Cross-border hawkers, Shoe repairers, Dress makers, Event planners, Make-up / Nail artists, Hairdressers / Barbers, Caterers, Vocational-skilled vendors and Block makers to join CIEAS. 

Introduction: CIEAS was established in April 2006 by street vendors at Esibayeni Lodge following a call by the Ministry of Labour & Social Services calling for all street vendors to form an organized coalition.

Composition: The general composition ranges from street vendors, self-employed artisans, cross border traders, labour consultants, and cooperative and savings schemes. CIEAS coverage is national and covers all the four geographical regions of Swaziland.

Current CIEAS Membership: Around five thousand (5 000) individual members are currently registered under CIEAS.

Membership is comprised of the following groupings:Vendors

  1. Handcrafter’s
  2. Cross-border hawkers,
  3. Shoe repairers
  4. Dress makers
  5. Event planners
  6. Make-up / Nail artists, Hairdressers / Barbers,
  7. Event planners,
  8. Caterers
  9. Vocational-skilled vendors &
  10. Block makers 

Benefits of Joining CIEAS:

  • Coordinated voice for all informal traders operating in Swaziland.
  • Enhanced strategic partnership and cooperation between traders and local government associations especially municipalities.
  • Capacity building initiatives aimed at facilitating the growth of individual informal sector traders.
  • Combined advocacy efforts aimed at engaging policy makers and stakeholders in promotion and growth of the informal economy.

All individuals, traders, vendors, cooperatives interested in joining CIEAS are advised to visit the offices of CIEAS which are located at the following physical address:
Ngwane Street, President Center, Manzini: Office no 2.

The following individuals can be contacted with regards to registration process with CIEAS:

– Mathokoza Sikhondze at 7617 2387 or email him at info.cieas@yahoo.com

– Nomcebo Khumalo at 7658 3404 or email her at nomcebokhumalo@ymail.com.

Urgent Announcement for All Former Matsapha Tex Ray Employees

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The Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations (CANGO) & Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) has partnered with VFA; a limited liability company based in Hong Kong to provide limited relief support in response to the El Nino drought for all former Tex Ray workers who were based in the Matsapha factory. It is in this regard that all former Matsapha Tex Ray Employees are requested to attend a meeting as follows:

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2017 

Venue: Mfanyana Hall, Manzini 

Time: 7.30am-2.00 pm

All former Matsapha Tex Ray Employees are requested to bring the following:

  • Swaziland National Identity document & employee or clock number.
  • In the event of the death of a former employee, family siblings are requested to bring her employee number also known as Clock number, death certificate and National Identity document (ID).

Only former Matsapha Tex Rays employees will be allowed to register on the day. For any information regarding the exercise, all former Tex ray employees are requested to contact the following officers whose contacts are listed below: 

 

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CANGOs New Year Message

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The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) wishes everyone a prosperous new year.CANGO is pleased that the year 2016 is over. A lot was achieved by CANGO Secretariat and by CANGO members individually and collectively over this period. Through the various consortia, coordination meetings were held to enable CANGO to strengthen its mandate.
The participation of members in coordination meetings, though enduring the financial challenges that continue to cloud the NGO sector in Swaziland, was very impressive. Coordination meetings are one of the pillars which enable CANGO members and the Secretariat to exchange critical information and contribute towards better coordination, effective partnership as well as sharing of resources through various consortia including: the Food Security and Livelihood, Gender, Children, HIV and AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Human Rights and Governance as well as Election Network.
Through consortia, members actively engaged in advocacy work, focusing on identifying policy and legislative issues in order to convey the concerns the poor and marginalised who are served by the NGO community in the country.The poor performance of the country’s economy and the national deficit announced by the incumbent Minister of Finance, Martin Dlamini, when presenting the National Budget, were major concerns as this has consequences among the poor who bear the brunt mainly because of poor service delivery.
Gender:
It must also be noted that the ever growing Gender Based Violence reports where lives of women and girls are being lost are a major concern. However, the NGO community continues to galvanise support for the enactment of the Sexual Offensive and Domestic Violence (SODV) Bill of 2015. The Bill as it stands remains stack in Parliament.
As we continue to make relentless efforts, calling for the enactment of the SODV Bill, it is our hope that 2017 should be a turning point. The country should ensure that the lives of women and girls matter and that a safer environment for survivors is created and perpetrators convicted and be taken away from the society.
Food Security and Livelihoods:
In 2015/16, the country went through the worst drought in 15 years with effect in meeting national food security. To this end, the Food Security Consortium under the auspices of CANGO partnered with government through the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to avert the loss of life by providing humanitarian relief and food distribution services. We are grateful that the Government has launched the disaster plan which facilitated mobilisation of resources from government and donors in response to this crisis. We can all be grateful for the good rains received from many parts of the country which have improved the environment. The rains implored households to plant in this season and preserved livestock which is a key asset for rural communities. It is our hope that food assistance will continue until the next harvest.
HIV and AIDS:
The elimination of HIV and AIDS continues to be national priority and with the support of our development partners including Global Fund, PEPFAR USAID and others, in line with the Extended National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework, which guides the national response, NGOs have played a pivotal role in the implementation of prevention strategies through various programmes.
This includes the appointment of CANGO as a Civil Society Principal Recipient under the Global Fund in 2016 which has proved to be success for the Kingdom of Swaziland. Guided by the Country Coordinating Mechanism, with NERCHA’s assistance, CANGO has been cooperating well with civil society organisations under the umbrella of the HIV and AIDS consortium as well as the Global Fund Country team in this unwavering support. The performance as well as the experience of being a Principal Recipient as well as the Sub Recipients who implement activities on the ground, although with some challenges, has been positive in the first year of the grant’s three years. To this end, there is a sense of pressure to scale up performance so that the prevention programmes yield positive results as Global Fund resources are aimed at assisting the country achieve results.
Human Rights:
There has been a continuous partnership between the Human Rights and Governance consortium with the Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration Integrity to promote Human Rights as enshrined in the national Constitution. With a country that prioritises peace, respect and protection of human rights remains an effective catalyst for peace. It remains critical for citizens to be empowered so that they may claim the right already offered in the national constitution.
Elections Network:
The Elections Network continued to focus on people’s participation in governance. Whilst 2018 elections may look far off in 2016, there is a need to continue to galvanise the society to fully understand what citizenship is all about, especially as it relates to elections. With the acknowledgement that the country has regressed regarding the election of women in Parliament following the last national election where only one women Member of Parliament was elected, efforts and strategies are now needed to galvanise society to realise that women also have a lot to offer the country at political level participation as well. It is of concern that the Elections and Boundary Commission seem to take a break in between elections. However, it must be noted that elections are not an event but a continuous process. In other countries like Lesotho, NGOs are provided resources to implement continuity programmes where civic education is concerned and thus we make the plea that the Kingdom of Swaziland should consider following such.
CANGO also successfully concluded a 4 year project funded by Africa Capacity Building Foundation based in Harare. The project, according to resent evaluation, achieved a lot. It ensured that CANGO infrastructure was revamped to offer additional office space purchased a vehicle for its everyday use and was able to train staff to build capacity. Also, CANGO Consortia received much boost with resources that supported coordination and advocacy campaigns: NGOs were mobilised to participate in policy making processes being able to raise concerns of the poor and marginalised.
It is in that sense that the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs welcomes 2017 with a sense of optimism. We are still eager to see an improvement in the national economy especially with increased job opportunities for youth currently hit hard by unemployment and the elimination of corruption. There is a need for relentless effort to fight corruption at national level so that national resources are not lost to corrupt individuals. The Anticorruption Commission has been a bit sluggish in its efforts to fight corruption. There is a need for renewed efforts from the government to rid the country of this scourge. As NGOs, we have identified lack of enabling legal environment as potential to fuel corruption and mismanagement in our sector. The Ministry of Home Affairs is being engaged to enhance the drafting, with full participation of NGOs of an NGO Bill.
Such a Bill could ensure that NGOs enhance their accountability. As things stand, the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) has developed in consultation, NGOs national standards. CANGO is hopeful that the NGO Standards that will promote professionalism, ethical behaviour and curb briefcase NGOs within the sector which is what we emphasise. NGOs play a public role and need to account because they depend on donors for support.
We are hopeful this process will be finalised with the urgency it deserves.
We applaud the Swaziland Revenue Authority for increased collection of taxes. NGOs continue to contribute taxes with grants they secure from donors. We are however concerned that citizen participation in budget making process and tracking use of hard earned money from tax payers remain non institutionalised as processes are fully government owned and focused. It is also very disturbing that social services continue to be under funded.
Roads in rural and peril urban areas are in deplorable conditions. Citizens’ travelling has been severely affected by lack of passports which is an essential service in a globalised economy.
It is therefore our hope that the robust collection of taxes will be matched with high spending in priority areas such as job creation and social protection services. With high numbers of the population living below poverty line, more is expected from government to assist individuals in distress to cope and live dignified lives.
We also applaud the US$ 600 million financial commitment by Global Fund to assist the country to fight TB, Malaria and HIV and AIDS. We look forward to the CCM leadership to facilitate the finalisation of programmes that will take the country’s fight against these diseases forward. Civil Society Organisation and CANGO in particular is ready to partner with government and all stakeholders to help the country make further inroads in saving lives of those infected and affected by theses diseases.
The NGO funding situation continues to be generally precarious yet the NGO contribution to the country’s development remains critical. Towards the end of 2016, the CANGO Secretariat pursued the Annual General Meeting resolution to conduct a survey of membership where critical information was being sought. From the data received, it is clear that NGOs continue to play a crucial role in saving lives as they complement government efforts in its pursuit of the 2022 national vision. Efforts will not be spared to focus our energy in addressing the issues that affect NGO capacity to deliver. This includes strengthening governance capabilities in order for CANGO Boards to be effective in conducting oversight. Issues of funding will also be addressed as a follow up to the Resource Mobilisation Task Team that prepared a number of strategies to be explored in order to raise funds outside the traditional donor grants.
Ethical leadership and accountability amongst NGO will be promoted through a programme that will be designed to solely to promote ethical leadership. This will go a long way in influencing a larger society move to embrace ethical and accountability leadership which is currently constraining development in Africa as a whole.
Having secured a new partnership with the International Health Alliance based in England, for CANGO to be the Health Alliance Link Organisation, it is worth reporting that the fruits of this partnership have already borne positive outcomes as CANGO is part of a 4 year project to be implemented by four countries focusing on the empowerment of adolescent girls already affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Our priority is to finally be approved as a Link Organisation, following an assessment conducted by the Alliance in December 2016.
Emmanuel Ndlangamandla (Mr)
Executive Director
Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland