Swaziland

Swaziland

The Women In Network (WIN) programme joins 17 coalitions of rural women in Swaziland. The goal of this project is teaching them about their human rights and how to stand up for them. The Network also promotes political representation of rural women at local and national levels, together with other organisations. Their focus is on fighting cultural norms that downplay repression of and violence against women. Two new Women Centers are safe spaces to talk, train, counsel and sell home made products.
Cane haulage time and distance between field and mill are shorter, ensuring a good price for farmers. People commute easier and faster on the new infrastructure that attracted more public transport.
New bridges and upgraded roads improve profits and lives of small sugar cane farmers in Swaziland. Replacing gravel roads and a low hanging, one-way bridge with new infrastructure has improved efficiency for the farmers. Cane haulage time and distance between field and mill are shorter. Fresh sugar cane is cut and burnt in the field and has to be taken to the mill as soon as possible to keep its quality. This 'burn-to-crush' time is best kept under three days. Therefore, getting the cane faster to the mill increases its quality and consequently its price.
New bridges and upgraded roads improve profits and lives of small sugar cane farmers in Swaziland. Cane haulage time and distance between field and mill are shorter. People travel faster to work, school or the clinic. The EU invested 54 million EUR in infrastructure in the Swazi sugar belt. Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE) implemented the project together with the government of Swaziland.
NGO Technoserve's basic business training boosts small businesses in the Swaziland sugar belt. The project targets existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Under the umbrella of a large sugar cane project in rural Swaziland, the Basic Business Training programme targets small entrepreneurs. The main objective is to increase entrepreneurship in rural communities; existing businesses as well as start-ups. On the one hand the programme is directed  at non-farmer, income generating, small businesses. On the other hand at high school students. Their teachers pass on business skills they've learnt through a 'train the trainer' training.
Women manage the 20 community owned water kiosks that are built in busy areas. People can now buy affordable, clean water close to home instead of walking to the river or travel far to the city.
Focus group discussions identified the need for better access to the clinics. Patients, staff and local authorities worked together to build ramps for wheelchair users, among other improvements.
Under the umbrella of a large sugar cane project in rural Swaziland, TechnoServe's Basic Business Training programme targets small entrepreneurs. The main objective is to boost entrepreneurship; existing businesses as well as start-ups. The programme is directed at on the one hand non-farmer, income generating, small businesses, and on the other hand at high school students. Their teachers pass on business skills they've acquired through a 'train the trainer' training. This program is part of a long-lasting partnership between the Government of Swaziland and the EU to improve competitiveness in the Swazi sugar sector. The EU funded a total of 118,6 million EUR for the implementation of the national strategy for the sugar sector, and for the national plan for agriculture investment.
Community Score Cards (CSC) is a model for structured dialogue between service providers and users. It is a way to define needs and execute action plans at a grassroots level. The objective of the project is to improve accessibility and satisfaction at health clinics. Eight clinics, each covering 3 communities, participated in the three year pilot project.

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