Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To respond to the extreme vulnerability experienced by elderly people
as one of the outcomes of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which left elderly
people in charge of orphans and/or without a family to support them.

References
Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme, HelpAge International and UNICEF. 2010. Swaziland Old Age Grant Impact Assessment. Mbabane: RHVP, HelpAge International and UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.eldis.org/go/home&id=62172&type= Document#.VaPFFflVhHw>.
Start date
2005
References
Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme, HelpAge International and UNICEF. 2010. Swaziland Old Age Grant Impact Assessment. Mbabane: RHVP, HelpAge International and UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.eldis.org/go/home&id=62172&type= Document#.VaPFFflVhHw>.
Coverage
65,000 beneficiaries (2010)
References
Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme, HelpAge International and UNICEF. 2010. Swaziland Old Age Grant Impact Assessment. Mbabane: RHVP, HelpAge International and UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.eldis.org/go/home&id=62172&type= Document#.VaPFFflVhHw>.
Programme expenditure
0.41 per cent of GDP
References
Pension Watch. n.d. “Country Fact Sheet – Swaziland.” Pension Watch website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.pension-watch.net/country-fact-file/swaziland/>.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
References
Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme. 2007. “Old Age and Public Assistance Grants, Swaziland.” REBA Case Study Brief, No. 6. Johannesburg: RHVP
Targeted areas
Nationwide
References
Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme. 2007. “Old Age and Public Assistance Grants, Swaziland.” REBA Case Study Brief, No. 6. Johannesburg: RHVP
Target groups
Elderly people
Eligibility criteria
Beneficiaries are aged 60 years or older and poor or destitute. However, in practice, the poverty criterion has been weakly implemented.
References
Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme. 2007. “Old Age and Public Assistance Grants, Swaziland.” REBA Case Study Brief, No. 6. Johannesburg: RHVP

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
SZL300
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Quarterly
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Cash or cheques distributed at designated pay points (community civic centres and regional offices of the Social Welfare Department) across the country.
References
Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme. 2007. “Old Age and Public Assistance Grants, Swaziland.” REBA Case Study Brief, No. 6. Johannesburg: RHVP.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
The Department of Social Welfare is responsible for the programme’s implementation.