Department or Program

Africana Studies

Additional Department or Program (if any)

Africana Studies

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Professor Filomina Steady


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are Swaziland’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme income poverty, hunger, disease, and lack of adequate shelter, while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. The MDGs also promote basic human rights – the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security.[i] The UN Millennium Declaration, also known as the Millennium Development Goals, was adopted at the Millennium Summit in September 2000, and consists of 8 goals to be met by the year 2015.

This thesis, entitled, “An investigation of the feasibility and progress of the Millennium Development Goals in Swaziland – a Case Study,” aims to assess the position of Swaziland in meeting the MDGs by 2015. An assessment of national policies has been conducted to understand governmental efforts aimed towards development and improvement of livelihoods in Swaziland. A portion of this research includes field research material that is centered on information obtained from interviews with Swazi local women; Hon. Minister of Health Benedict Xaba; His Royal Highness Hon. Minister of Economic Planning and Development Prince Hlangusemphi; Rev. AMC Dlamini, Swaziland’s former Minister of Economic Planning and Development; Principal Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Robert Thwala; Business Woman of the Year 2006 and Trustee of the Swazi Royal Family Sylvia Mthethwa.

This research aims to not only evaluate Swaziland’s position in achieving the MDGs, but to also shed an awareness on local efforts by Swazi government, and to evaluate how women in particular are benefitting from developmental efforts.

[i] Millennium Project: What They Are. UN Millennium Project. Web. 30 August 2012