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Eswatini is one of the few surviving absolute monarchies in the world. Formerly known as Swaziland, the country’s name was changed to Eswatini by King Mswati III in April 2018.  Eswatini is a small landlocked country of 17,364 km² with a population of 1.2 million people and a density of 63 people/km2. Despite its small size it contains four agro-ecological zones. It shares borders with South Africa and Mozambique.
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South Africa’s apartheid regime manipulated borders. Today, the effects linger

11 November 2021

The issue of land, especially its redistribution, remains contentious in South Africa 27 years after the formal end of apartheid. Land redistribution was promised at the end of apartheid. The failure of the African National Congress (ANC) government to do so is emblematic of its failure to…

Land tenure continues to be major objective of development agenda

20 October 2021

With a total of 65 participants (37% women) from 14 countries (Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Pakistan, Sudan and Uganda) the 10th and last Capitalization Meeting of the EU Land Governance Transversal Project, was virtually…

Land evictions in Eswatini

18 April 2021

 Zweli Martin Dlamini writing in Swaziland News has highlighted allegations of land grabbing and resource capture by Kinf Mswati An independent investigation by Swaziland News found that the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives who was acting on behalf of King Mswati arrived at Lomahasha to…



Over half of ever-widowed women in Swaziland reported that they had been dispossessed of their property

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Customary law and institutions: Comparative perspectives from Eswatini and Lesotho

6 August 2021

By Sean Johnson, land administration specialist at COWI, Swaziland * This piece was originally published as part of the online discussion on customary law in Southern Africa Institutions – societal behaviour, norms, rules, laws, and structures – emerge, develop, and are shaped by the interaction of…