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24-Oct-2012

South Africa - A Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on the AfDB’s Human Capital Development Strategy 2013-2017

The African Development Bank is organizing a Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on its draft Human Capital Development Strategy (2013-2017) in Pretoria, South Africa on 22 and 23 October 2012. Around 100 participants are expected from 12 Southern African countries:  Botswana, Lesotho , Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia,  Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Nigeria. This consultative meeting will bring together government officials (ministries of education, health, gender, social protection, HIV/AIDS, Labor) as well as non-governmental...
16-Oct-2012

AEC 2012 - Labour Markets in Swaziland the Challenge of Youth Employment

Utilizing the 2007 and 2010 labor force surveys, this paper documents that very high youth unemployment is a key feature of the Swaziland labor market and analyzes policy options that could help address this challenge. First, the paper characterizes the Swazi labor market and its youth segment with descriptive statistics. Second, it identifies determinants of the labor market position of different types of the young population through a multinomial logit model. Third, drawing on a search model, the paper analyzes impacts of active labor market policies at different segments of the population...
23-May-2012

Southern Africa Long-Term Strategy Consultation Meeting - Summary Report

The progress made by the Bank over the last decade was generally endorsed along with the strategic direction provided by the HLP and incorporated into the MTS. It is critical to examine the Bank’s role in addressing past and present crises and in applying lessons learned to the LTS.
27-Jan-2012

Swaziland - Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (LUSIP) - Project Completion Report (PCR)

More than 40% of the population in Swaziland lives in absolute poverty, mostly in the rural areas. To address this issue (NDS) anchored on the country’s development agenda as spelt out in the government’s long term vision, and the Swaziland Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Programme (PRSAP).
27-Jan-2012

Swaziland - Mbabane Bypass Road Project - Project Completion Report (PCR)

To fill the missing link on the Matsapha - Mbabane - Ngwenya corridor and provide the vital link towards enhancing regional integration through development of the east/west corridor which forms part of Swaziland’s commitment to the SATCC protocol; to ease the traffic flow between the South African border and the interior part of Swaziland which is currently the most heavily trafficked road in the country; to contribute towards achieving the sector goal by providing an efficient and cost-effective transport system for both national and international traffic within Swaziland; and to enhance...
19-Jan-2012

2009-2013 - Swaziland - Country Strategy Paper - Mid-Term Review

The CSP mid-term review is a product of extensive consultations between the Bank and the government of Swaziland, as well as other stakeholders. Additional information was obtained from various government and other publications. This report assesses progress made in the implementation of the Bank’s Mid-Term Country Strategy Paper (2009 - 2013 CSP) for Swaziland. It also provides the context for the proposed strategy for the remainder of the CSP period and the expected outcomes. This strategy proposes a modification of Pillar I of the current Bank strategy to focus on removing structural...
23-Jun-2011

Working Paper 130 - Growth and Macroeconomic Convergence in Southern Africa

This paper describes real per capita income and macroeconomic convergence in Southern African Development Community (SADC). SADC is one of the 9 regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa and currently includes 15 member statesi ( see end note) with total population of about 257.7 million and Gross Domestic Product of US$471.1 billion in 2009. Convergence of economic growth and per capita incomes among nations has been a central theme in neoclassical growth theory and vast economic literature related to it for decades. Thus, traditionally, the analysis of convergence involved an...
05-Jun-2011

2011-2015 - Southern Africa - Regional Integration Strategy Paper

Regional integration has been a longstanding goal of the African Development Bank, an ideal that featured prominently in the 1964 Agreement that established the institution. Increasingly, African countries are realizing the relevance of regional integration to economic growth and Africa’s role in the global economy. Yet, the persistent hard and soft constraints on effective integration – the poorly developed network of regional infrastructure, especially in transport, energy and communications, and the unsuitable array of legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks – cannot be ignored.
05-Jun-2011

The AfDB Group in Southern Africa 2011 - Fostering Growth and Regional Integration

We are pleased to present this regional publication which provides an overview of the African Development Bank’s operations and partnership in Southern Africa. The publication comes at a critical time for the region and the Bank. The aftermath of the global financial crisis threatened to set back, in less than a year, the economic gains so painfully made over the last decades. The crisis slashed the continent’s growth rate from a healthy 6% to 2%, reduced export earnings, decreased Diaspora remittances and investment flows, and contracted the private sector. To ensure its regional member...
05-Jun-2011

The AfDB Group in Southern Africa 2011 - Fostering Growth and Regional Integration

We are pleased to present this regional publication which provides an overview of the African Development Bank’s operations and partnership in Southern Africa. The publication comes at a critical time for the region and the Bank. The aftermath of the global financial crisis threatened to set back, in less than a year, the economic gains so painfully made over the last decades. The crisis slashed the continent’s growth rate from a healthy 6% to 2%, reduced export earnings, decreased Diaspora remittances and investment flows, and contracted the private sector. To ensure its regional member...
15-Mar-2011

AfDB Calls for Deeper Regional Integration - Tool for growth and employment creation in Southern Africa

Pretoria, 14 March, 2011 - African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka has affirmed his institution’s strong commitment to enhancing regional integration and growth in Southern Africa. Addressing the media close to the end of a six-day official visit to the region, Dr. Kaberuka said the AfDB had done well in terms of the volume of its support to South Africa and the broader SADC region but still had to do more in view of the challenges that still abound.   Dr. Kaberuka, who was in South Africa at the invitation of Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, held...
11-Mar-2011

President Kaberuka Urges Deeper Fiscal Reforms in Swaziland

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Donald Kaberuka., was on Thursday, 10 March 2011, received in audience by his Majesty King Mswati III, the Prime Minister and members of the Swaziland economic team. Mr Kaberuka was in the country to confer with the authorities on the economic challenges facing the country, in particular the tough fiscal situation.   The President encouraged the authorities to quicken and deepen the pace of fiscal reforms by significant expenditure cuts and revenue generation. He observed that the newly adopted fiscal adjustment plan...
20-Apr-2010

2007 - Swaziland - Country Portfolio Performance Review Report

This Country Portfolio Performance Report (CPPR) highlights the performance of the Bank Group ongoing portfolio in Swaziland. The purpose of the report is to inform members of the Board of Directors and Bank Management on the performance of Bank Group’s on going operations in Swaziland and to make recommendations for improving the quality of the portfolio in order to achieve expected results. It also draws lessons for the design of future interventions in Swaziland. The report is based on key findings arising out of the CPPR mission undertaken during the period 3-10 May 2008. It is...
05-Jun-2009

African Water Facility Grant of 999 000 euros to the Kingdom of Swaziland

The AfDB group, on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, approved an African Water Facility grant of € 999,000 to Swaziland to finance the implementation of Phase II studies of the Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (LUSIP). The studies comprise feasibility studies for a 51 km extension of the main irrigation canal and the preparation of chiefdom development plans which include the provision of water supply and sanitation facilities in an area situated in the south-east of Swaziland. The study aims at supporting the country’s development efforts at ensuring food security and reducing poverty...
21-Jul-2006

Swaziland - EUR 6 million to Promote Flower Exports

Important Social Accountability Actions Tunis, 21 July 2006 – The African Development Bank, through its private sector window, in Tunis today approved a loan of 6.4 million Euros to Fabulous Flowers Swaziland PTY Ltd (FFS) with a view to promoting the floriculture sector in Swaziland and contributing to economic growth in the country through private sector development. The project will not only result in increased agricultural output, outgrowers’ incomes and foreign exchange generation, but also improve social accountability. The project, which will establish 20 hectares of...
16-Feb-2006

AfDB President Calls for Robust, Coordinated Action on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Swaziland

Mbabane, 16 February, 2005 – The President of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group, Donald Kaberuka, has expressed alarm at the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Swaziland and the inadequate international support in the country’s fight against the disease.  Speaking after a visit to the Voluntary Counseling and Treatment (VCT) Centre at the Mbabane Government Hospital, Mr. Kaberuka remarked that "what I have just witnessed at the Centre brings home the magnitude of the pandemic well beyond the statistics.  The scale of human suffering calls for a coordinated and...
16-Feb-2006

President Kaberuka Hits the Road: Continues Visit to Swaziland

President Donald Kaberuka continued his African tour today in Mbabane where he held discussions with officials and visited a project funded by the African Development Bank Group as part of his official trip to Swaziland. He met with Prime Minister A.T. Dlamini, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Majozi Sithole, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Elijah Shongwe and other senior officials. The President visited the HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counseling Centre at the Mbabane Government Hospital as well as the Ngwenya-Mbabane Bypass Road, part of a regional infrastructure project funded by...
29-Jul-2005

2005 - Swaziland - Country Governance Profile

In 1999, the African Development Bank adopted a good governance policy with an aim to provide support and interventions that promote good governance in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs). This is because good governance is generally a necessary condition for the success of the Bank’s core interventions to promote economic and social development in RMCs. The Bank Group’s strategic plan for the period 2003-2007 also emphasizes the promotion of good governance in RMCs as one of the important building blocks of the poverty reduction programme.
24-Jan-2005

2005-2009-Swaziland-Country Strategy Paper

The Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Swaziland covers the period 2005-2009. The proposed strategy, which is based on the Government’s development agenda, has been prepared using the participatory approach that involves all stakeholders, in line with the decision by the Boards of Directors and Management of the Bank Group. The Bank is in the process of moving to a results-based management framework, and although the preparation of this CSP predates the adoption of this framework, every attempt has been made to link goals with strategic objectives and expected outcomes and results to be...
07-Oct-2004

2004-Southern Africa-Regional Assistance Strategy Paper

The Regional Assistance Strategy Paper (RASP) for Southern Africa is the first in the series of assistance strategy papers with a regional integration focus to be prepared by the African Development Bank. The Bank Group policy on Economic Co-operation and Regional Integration, which, was approved by the Boards of Directors in March 2001 requires the Bank to select and support organisations that can effectively foster regional integration efforts. Consistent with the founding mission of the Bank Group, regional integration has re-emerged as one of the central mandates of the 8th and 9th...