EU-Swaziland cooperation aims at poverty reduction and focuses on Human Development (Health and Education) and Water and Sanitation. The EU-Swaziland Country Strategy Paper for 2008-2013 that is funded under the 10th European Development Fund has a total budget of € 63 M.
Since Swaziland does not qualify for general budget support, the EU strategy focuses on improving delivery of basic social services. Such interventions are especially crucial in these times of fiscal crisis and austerity to mitigate the impact on the most vulnerable segments of society.
Swaziland is also a major beneficiary of a Commission budget line to support the adaptation of its sugar industry to the phasing out of the favorable Sugar Protocol with a total allocation of € 129 M for the period 2006-2013.