Many of the laws, policies and regulations in the country are designed to monitor and restrict non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the operation of other social movements. A decree from 1973 that bans political parties in the Kingdom remains in force, and there is a Public Order Act from 2016 that limits the freedom and rights of the people. The operating space for the civil society in the country is thus very limited.
Criminalisation of open dissent with Government policies, restrictions on NGOs and associations’ registration and laws restricting organisations from receiving foreign funding, remain impediments for CSOs operations in the Kingdom.
Together with partners in the country, IM is working to empower Swazis (the people of Swaziland). That is done by facilitating, building and organizing community-based organizations for their own emancipation and development. The aim is to contribute to the creation of a democratic society free of hunger, poverty, inequality and abuse of power.