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  • Commitment to reducing inequality: Southern African Rankings

    By Tony | July 27, 2017

    South Africa has been ranked 21 and Swaziland 140 out of 152 countries on the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index.

    Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) have developed the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index which seeks to measure the commitment of governments to reducing inequality. They state the index is work in progress and they welcome feedback. Initially they have focussed on three areas which they believe are critical to reducing inequality, social spending, tax and labour rights.

    193 countries promised to reduce inequality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed in 2015.  They accepted to eliminate poverty inequality had to be reduced.

    South Africa is ranked 21 out of 152 on its commitment to reducing inequality. The best ranking of any African country. The first ten are European countries. Great Britain is ranked 17 and USA 23. Swaziland is ranked 140 the second worst of any African country with Nigeria the only African country ranked worse.

    Namibia is ranked 40, Lesotho 49, Mauritius 48, Mozambique 52, Zimbabwe 53, Malawi 56, Seychelles 63, Tanzania 78, Zambia 84, Botswana 105, DRC 108.

    Click here for more details on the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 

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    International Women’s Day: Support the women of Southern Africa

    By ACTSA | March 7, 2017

    The theme for International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March is #BeBoldforChange.

    ACTSA believes that gender equality and  Read the rest of this entry »

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    ACTSA’s ‘Stories from Swaziland’ exhibition to be displayed in UK parliament

    By ACTSA | November 11, 2016

    ACTSA is pleased to announce that our ‘Stories from Swaziland’ photo exhibition will be on display Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: Sugar not so sweet for the workers in Swaziland

    By ACTSA | October 28, 2016

    The gruelling and unhealthy working conditions that Swaziland’s Read the rest of this entry »

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    The European Commissioner for Trade Responds to ACTSA Briefing Paper

    By ACTSA | October 17, 2016

    The European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, has written to Jude Kirton-Darling MEP regarding the ACTSA briefing paper Swaziland’s Downward Spiral. Our full response to Commissioner Malmström is available here.

    While we appreciated the Commissioner’s response, we have raised a number of concerns Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: High Court Declares Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Unconstitutional

    By ACTSA | September 19, 2016

    Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act, which has been used by government to ban political groups opposing King Mswati’s rule, has been Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: ACTSA hands in action cards to the Commonwealth

    By ACTSA | September 9, 2016

    On Swaziland’s Independence Day (Tuesday 6 September), we handed in 500 signed action cards at the Commonwealth Secretariat. The cards call on the Commonwealth to Read the rest of this entry »

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    Southern African Development Community’s governance in tatters as Swazi King elected chair

    By ACTSA | August 26, 2016

    Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) argues that, by allowing Swaziland to be its new Chair, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has severely harmed its credibility.

    SADC will hold its 36th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: King accused of wasting money as a third of Swazis go hungry

    By ACTSA | July 28, 2016

    The next SADC summit takes place in Swaziland in August – at great cost to the Swazi taxpayer. The money would be better spent Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: King Mswati III spends nearly £850,000 to send his wives on holiday

    By ACTSA | July 19, 2016

    It has been reported that the King of Swaziland, Mswati III has spent nearly 16 million rand (approximately £850,000) sending Read the rest of this entry »

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