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Swaziland – Strengthening Civil Society Organisations


Swaziland – Strengthening Civil Society Organisations

Enhancing the impact and effectiveness of civil society in Swaziland, through the increase of Civil Society Organisations’ advocacy and communication effectiveness and of their capacities and skills in accessing and managing resources.



The project Fostering Communication and Cooperation among Non State Actors (NSAs) for the benefit of Swazi civil society aims at enhancing the impact and effectiveness of civil society in Swaziland, through the increase of Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) advocacy and communication effectiveness and of their capacities and skills in accessing and managing resources.

The project is implemented by punto.sud and the Italian NGO Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), in close collaboration with the CSOs in Swaziland. With an overall amount of 1,1 M €, the project is co-funded by the European Commission – Directorate General EuropeAid. It started in August 2013 for a duration of 42 months.

The strategy of the action has been articulated around three results:

  1. Swazi NSAs have access to quality information and are included in coordination/info sharing mechanisms;
  2. Improved NSAs ability and increased opportunities to coordinate, negotiate and advocate with different stakeholders (Government of Swaziland, Local Authorities, EU, etc.);
  3. Access to key information for capacity building and procedural alignment to EC/main donors standards and regulations is ensured to Swazi NSA (on project planning, project management and organizational accountability.

The project seeks to improve cooperation, participation and collaboration of CSOs in development processes in Swaziland and harness common priorities in order to strengthen and better coordinate advocacy efforts by CSOs. It also aims at improving communication systems, networking and information flow between CSOs and networks and at building their capacities, through trainings that offers practical tools for more effective participation in development processes.

It is envisaged that at the end of the project the following results would have been achieved:

  • A vibrant civil society with sound institutions with systems in place that are able to tap into available opportunities at international and regional levels;
  • Strengthened advocacy efforts within CSOs;
  • Improved networking and communication flow;
  • Enhanced organisational systems and governance structures;
  • Improved ability to manage projects and better access to funding opportunities.

In the frame of a co-ordinated strategy, PuntoSud is in charge of the component n.3, and of the following activities:

  • Design and delivery a comprehensive learning programme: a package of capacity development activities have been designed including class frontal training, helpdesk, tutoring & mentoring activities, distance learning, to address key and non-key staff of CSOs.
  • Establish the Monitoring and Evaluation Association of Swaziland (MEAS) and favour its positioning in the Country and in the Region, with the aim to develop capacities on monitoring and evaluation and contribute to create the culture of transparency and accountability through data and evidence.
  • Development of a web-platform, delivery of distance training courses and provision of a helpdesk service for projects screening and day-to-day support.



Africa


Eswatini




PARTNER



DONATORE/I
European Commission – Directorate General EuropeAid



BENEFICIARI

  • CSOs with the following instruments: sub-granting, join activities (e.g. round table, conferences, social events), training/e-learning/mentoring/tutoring sessions
  • All communities served by the CSOs


BUDGET PROGETTO
1.111.082,65 EUR



ANNO
2013 – 2017



SETTORI DI INTERVENTO  

Advocacy/Awareness raising/Comunication, Capacity building and professional training, Human rights and Governance/Accountability



SDGs
SDGs Reduced Inequalities

LA STORIA DEL PROGETTO



PARTNER
15 consorzi finanziati

BUDGET PROGETTO
5555 EURO

PARTNER
15 consorzi finanziati

BUDGET PROGETTO
5555 EURO

PARTNER
15 consorzi finanziati

BUDGET PROGETTO
5555 EURO


  • €100.000

    valore progetto

  • 125

    alunni della scuola primaria

  • 250

    genitori

  • 20

    insegnanti

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Civil society and human rights in Eswatini


Civil Society Platform for Inclusiveness

In Eswatini we support human rights associations through the promotion of knowledge and participatory methods, thus facilitating the work of local networks and the interaction between different public and private entities operating in the African country.



Civil Society Platform for Social Inclusiveness’ recognises that while the Kingdom of Eswatini has ratified all international human rights conventions, including ICCP and MESKP, as well as recognized several of these rights in the Constitution, the actual implementation of the provisions contained in the documents is lagging behind. This has been recognized by several international human Rights (HR) monitoring systems, such as UPR, CEDAW and ICRC.
The project recognized the need for coordinated and joint action of concerned CSOs to demand necessary reforms, and builds on the position of CANGO as NGO umbrella organisation, with existing active structures especially the Governance & Human Rights Consortium under CANGO. The project also recognises the technical competency of punto.sud in strengthening CSOs in Eswatini. The proposed project proposal stems from the contacts and the joint effort of the lead applicant, CANGO, and the co-applicant Fondazione punto.sud. Even if this is the first time the two organisations collaborate in the submission of a project proposal, its rationale is however consistently based on the previous collaboration in the frame of the EU funded project ‘Fostering Collaboration and Communication for the benefit of Swazi civil society’ ended in April 2017. The design of learning programmes for civil society organisations in Eswatini, together with CANGO, allowed punto.sud to better understand the civil society in the country as well as the difficulties they face in promoting and defending human rights and in consolidating the democratic governance and accountable principles. This also facilitated the organisation of a tailored learning programme based on their interests and needs with the aim to enhance their capacities to access and manage funding, as well as their strategic planning skills. On the other hand, the focus on accountability and transparency in the learning programme led to highlight other areas where the two organisations could collaborate.

Fully in line with the EU-EIDHR objectives, the main change the proposed project aims at achieving is the consolidation of a culture of inclusivity and tolerance in the country, which is able to facilitate the discussions and the exchanges among various stakeholders, including civil society organisations, government institutions, traditional leaders and others. This is meant to engage on the key relevant issues related to the enforcement of the democratic governance in the country, and in particular of the freedom of expression and of assembly, bridging the existing gaps in the communication among the stakeholders and reducing the differences among the interests at stake. This is believed to contribute concretely to set the basis for a more conducive environment, where human rights are protected, promoted and enjoyed, as well as gender equality and empowerment of women is fostered.


Africa


Eswatini


WEBSITE




DONOR
European Commission – Directorate-General for Internal Cooperation & Development (EIDHR)



BENEFICIARIES

  • CANGO Consortia members, governmental institutions, traditional authorities, citizens and communities in Eswatini, and their families particularly the most vulnerable to human rights violations such as women.


PROJECT BUDGET
EUR 485.922



YEAR
2020 – 2023



SECTORS OF INTERVENTION  

Advocacy/Awareness raising/Comunication, Capacity building and professional training, Civil society, Gender equality, Human rights and Governance/Accountability



SDGs
SDGs Reduced Inequalities


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  • €100.000

    project budget

  • 125

    primary school students

  • 250

    parents

  • 20

    teachers

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