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Differences between Government and NGOs grow
In Mbabane there is significant tension among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and conservative government authorities because more and more people are now getting dependent on these NGOs.
On one hand NGOs have criticized government of ignoring them and government believes that these NGOs perceive extravagance. But NGOs say that government is doing a poor job in addressing problem of people. Many US foundations have shown an interest in funding programs in Swaziland. Government says that donations given to these NGOs by foreign countries help NGO workers to live lavishly. Both sides have their own valid comments. There have been considerations from the government to impose stringent controls on the NGO corporations.
Women and girls most vulnerable to contracting HIV. In a research by National Survey on Violence Experienced by Female - The prevalence of physical and sexual violence among females aged 13-24 indicate that violence is a major problem in Swaziland. This in turn in increasing the spread of AIDS. Among girls 13 to 17 years old, one out of six reported experiencing some form of sexual violence during the past year. NGOs like SWAGAA, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization have a significant presence in the country.
For readers who have not heard of Swaziland, its a country located in South Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa. It is slight;y smaller than New Jersey. The population is a little over 1 million and has a very high percentage of AIDS cases. A majority of people are Christians and English and siSwati are the two commonly used languages. It acquired independence from UK 6 September 1968 and it's constitution was signed recently by the King in July 2005. People depend mainly on agriculture. Sugar and wood pulp exports are the two main money earners for the country. Unemployment rate hoovers around 30-40 percent.
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