Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Level



International and Global Studies


Todd Cleveland

Committee Member/Reader

Jared Phillips

Committee Member/Second Reader

Spencer Allen


The Kingdom of Eswatini, also known as Swaziland, has one of the youngest populations in the world with over 70% of citizens being under the age of 18 years old. This creates a substantial opportunity for economic, social, and educational growth in a country previously plagued with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, poor health care infrastructure cutting off thousands from basic care, and an educational system with a very low attendance rate and an even lower graduation rate. By evaluating the root causes of such issues dating back to the colonial era there is an opportunity to reprioritize health care and education as they can be the driving factors enabling economic and social growth for a country that has suffered major setbacks in the past two decades. Providing the population of the Kingdom of Eswatini with access to dependable health care, both in resources and providers, and giving children the opportunity to safely attend primary school are arguably the most pivotal factors that will drive economic growth in the next century. The economy and workforce of the small African nation of the Kingdom of Eswatini will continue to struggle and depend on international investments unless attention is brought to the health care and education of children in both traditional skills and classroom skills.


Swaziland, Eswatini, Health Care, Education, Economics