SEPARC offers training opportunities to ensure that capacity for research and policy analysis within Swaziland, and particularly for SEPARC researchers, is built. This is meant to meet the Centre’s, as well as the country’s, future learning needs in order to ensure a performance driven workforce and leadership for the entity’s future growth. In ensuring that the above is achieved, the Centre has a provision for training its researchers and those in the public sector at Masters and PhD levels. This provision is meant to focus on areas such as public policy, economic research, and policy analysis. Training is either fully funded by SEPARC and/or its partners. The main target groups for such capacity building are SEPARC staff, officers from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Central Bank of Swaziland, and other government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Fellowship and Secondment Programme
The work of SEPARC as a think tank requires high level expertise and exposure at both national and international levels. As such, the Centre has a provision for Fellowship and Secondment programmes, where researchers are given an opportunity to work in other professional research institutions. This is a two-way programme where researchers from SEPARC can go to other institutions or researchers from other institutions come to work at SEPARC for a given period of time ranging from three months to two years.
Internship and Mentorship Programme
SEPARC gives an opportunity to young and energetic researchers to practice professionally in the field of research and public policy analysis. This is through mentorship and internship programmes for professionals who want to develop their research skills and build careers in their respective fields. Internships are either fully funded by SEPARC or the Centre’s partners. Where a programme is funded by a partner, they define the area of focus, duration of the internship, and the researcher’s level of engagement.
Types of internship categories offered by the Centre are:
For university students who are still undertaking their studies or are at completion level but need an internship opportunity as a requirement for their course work.
Offered to graduates with at least a Bachelor’s degree, but no more than an Honours degree.
Offered to individuals with a MSc or MA degree. These can be recent graduates or practising individuals who need an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in research and economic policy analysis.
Workshops, Seminars, and Public Lectures
SEPARC hosts workshops, seminars, and public lectures to disseminate research findings and policy analysis results to all stakeholders, including government. These activities serve as public education or awareness creation on policy matters. The events also serve as a platform to engage stakeholders through policy debates that enhance the appreciation of research findings for effective and evidence based policy decisions. Effectively, this facilitates easier absorption of research and policy analysis products into the policy making processes for Swaziland.