Small Initiatives = Big Change: Civil Society Building Democracy in Swaziland.

Fully landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique lies the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland received its independence from Great Britain in 1968 but by 1973 the King had positioned himself for power, abolished the constitution and dissolved the parliament. Ever since then it has been an absolute monarchy and is now one of the last of its kind.

Swaziland is characterized as a middle-income country by OECD. However, if you take a closer look at the social economic statistics there is nothing middle-class about it. Swaziland ranks number one in percentage of population with HIV-infection, ranks in the bottom five in life expectancy at birth, and 69% of its population lives below the poverty line. Continue reading