Projects

The Centre engages in various projects, both internal and external. Internal research projects are demand-driven as per the research requirements of our primary stakeholder, government whilst external projects are commissioned by SEPARC partners and other institutions that require research and policy analysis.

Completed projects conducted by SEPARC include:

  • The Socio-Economic Impacts of the 2015/16 EL Niño Induced Drought in Swaziland – commissioned by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA);
  • Industry Labour Force Skills Requirement Investigation: A Focus on the Automotive, Electrical Engineering, and ICT Industries in Swaziland – commissioned by the Taiwan Technical Mission – TVET Enhancement Project;
  • 2016 Public Service Customer Satisfaction Rapid Assessment Report for the Kingdom of Swaziland – commissioned by the Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
  • Sexual Harassment in the Private and NGO Sector Workplace in Swaziland: A Baseline Study – commissioned by the Swaziland Business Coalition on Health and HIV/AIDS (SWABCHA), with support from UNDP;
  • The State of the National System of Innovation in Swaziland survey – conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology and the Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP).

Ongoing projects/studies are:

  • The Potential Economic Benefits and Effects of Introducing Value Added Tax on Electricity in Swaziland – commissioned by the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority (SERA);
  • The Economic Impacts of the Lower Usuthu Irrigation Project;
  • Teenage Pregnancies in Swaziland: A Trend Analysis;
  • A Perspective on the History of Innovation in Swaziland;
  • Energy Consumption in Swaziland: An Analysis of the Determinants of Households’ Primary Choice for Cooking;
  • The Economic Benefits of TVET in Swaziland: A National Focus;
  • Inequality of Opportunities in Education: Unequal Access to Opportunities versus Performance Outcomes;
  • An Impact Assessment of the Small Scale Enterprise Loan Guarantee Scheme (SSELGS);
  • Factors Influencing the Success of Small, Micro and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMMEs) in Swaziland: A Case of Retailers;
  • Swaziland Agricultural Sector Review;
  • Manufacturing Sector Review;
  • Gender and Poverty in Swaziland.