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The Kingdom of Eswatini has witnessed many years of peaceful existence. However, the country is faced with sluggish economic growth, fiscal crisis, high levels of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Nearly 59 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and 20.1 percent below the extreme poverty line. Women, young people, Persons With Disabilities and People Living With HIV/AIDS are among the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. Youth employment remains a major concern in Eswatini, with 59,1% of young people aged between 20 and 24 years old being unemployed.

Challenges the Youth Faces

  •  Insufficient job opportunities, representation, and participation.
  • Graduation rate outpaces employment creation due to economic downturn post-pandemic.
  •  Insufficient education does not equip them with skills that will be in demand in the future, e.g. 4th Industrial Revolution.
  •  A mismatch between the skills acquired and competencies required by industries


To reduce youth unemployment by 50% by 2030.