Macro poverty out­look for Swazi­land

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Ac­cord­ing to the World Bank ab­stract of the eco­nomic growth in Swazi­land, it is ex­pected to de­cline to 0.9 per cent in 2017 from 1.3 per cent in 2016.

The ab­stract from the re­port clearly states this is due to slow re­cov­ery in agri­cul­ture and es­ca­lat­ing fis­cal chal­lenges. money must en­sure the chil­dren are sent to the near­est clinic and food as­sis­tance”.

Dlamini fur­ther ac­knowl­edge that the case on the ground is not as­sis­tances on the food but the grant is cater­ing for the whole fam­ily as there is ba­si­cally noth­ing to com­ple­ment the grant.

“We are also con­fused on how the project will be funded as the pi­lot phase ends next year in March 2018. The sit­u­a­tion will worsen if we don’t get enough fund­ing as the few fam­i­lies that were iden­ti­fied were the worse cases but the chal­lenge is the same to many fam­i­lies in the ru­ral Swazi­land”.

Ob­server on Sat­ur­day also en­quired on The re­port fur­ther states that the do­mes­tic ar­rears dou­bled in less than a year, pos­ing sig­nif­i­cant macro-eco­nomic risks. Pub­lic debt may breach the gov­ern­ment’s medium term thresh­old, un­less cor­rec­tive mea­sures are taken.

The re­port fur­ther paints an unim­pres­sive fu­ture for the coun­try as for­eign the sim­i­lar­i­ties of the chal­lenges faced by the few fam­i­lies vis­ited by the team as the fam­i­lies have chil­dren who are men­tally chal­lenged.

Dlamini said “this we can state as a mul­ti­sec­to­rial chal­lenge that can be ad­dressed by the coun­try. The whole coun­try seems not ready for tack­ling stress re­lated or psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues.

These chil­dren are vul­ner­a­ble and what they go through is un­bear­able yet they don’t have a place or per­son they can tell about the hard­ships”.

Dlamini dis­closed that the project has opened a lot of av­enues that the coun­try needs to take care of. re­serves are said to have been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing as they are partly fi­nanc­ing the fis­cal deficit. No gains in poverty re­duc­tion are ex­pected in 2017 ow­ing to slow re­cov­ery in agri­cul­ture. The re­port is based on the pre­sen­ta­tion of the re­cent devel­op­ments; out­look; and risks and chal­lenges the coun­try faces.

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