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.
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