The Historical Background


In 1992 the government of Swaziland established The National Disaster Task Force, which comprised of technical officers from different government ministries deployed to respond to the 1992 drought disaster. This was an ad hoc committee that was constituted at the disaster on - set phase and was mainly mandated to provide emergency relief hence inclined towards disaster response.

In the advent of disaster risk management the focus shifted from disaster management which was mainly reactive towards a more proactive approach of Disaster Risk Reduction. DRM Framework with the main focus on Prevention, Preparedness, Response, Mitigation and Recovery (Rehabilitation & Reconstruction).


In order to improve institutional efficiency and effectiveness in carrying out its mandate the government of Swaziland established the National Disaster Management Agency which operated as Government Department that was initially placed at the then Ministry of Regional Development and Youth Affairs and was later transferred to the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office

In the year 2014 the Government established NDMA as a Category A Public enterprise through Legal notice No.8 of 2014. The parastatal is governed by the Public Enterprise (Control & Monitoring) Act of 1989 and the Disaster Management Act, 2006

Our Vision

" A Disaster Safe and Resilient Kingdom of Eswatini. "


We exist to build a nation safe from disasters, prevent and substantially reduce the impact of disasters and timely assist those affected to recover by ensuring that our people are well informed and participate in reducing the risk caused by disasters.


The goal Disaster Risk Management is to prevent and minimize the impact of disasters on vulnerable communities and groups; develop response systerms and standards; and issue timely alerts on any disaster and help protect the country’s critical infrastructure.


The National Disaster Management Agency is mandated by the 2006 Disaster Management Act of Swaziland to lead, coordinate and manage a comprehensive and lead, coordinate and manage a comprehensive and systematic disaster risk management function of the country through mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction into Sector Plans and Budgets.

Our Role

The role of NDMA is to provide strategic and technical leadership and guidance on a well-coordinated framework for the development and implementation of effective Disaster Risk Reduction/Management programmes and activities, and align them to national and regional development planning.

Our Values

We uphold honesty and strong moral principles in fulfilling our mandate

The awareness of the suffering caused by disasters drive us to bring relief to those affected

We seek to find new and efficient ways of doing our work to fulfil our mandate

We serve all people without discrimination regardless of status, faith, race and political affiliation.

We are quick to communicate with and bring assistance to those who need it

We adhere to the highest standards and ethics, laid out in DRR and humanitarian work


NDMA works with partners to carry out its mandate through the sector wide approach. These sectors are composed of Government Ministries(Sector Leads and Core Leads), Government Departments, Non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, Business community, Parastatals, Uniformed Forces (RSP, USDF, FIRE) and most importantly communities. Any organization or individual can partner with NDMA by contacting the agency.

Agriculture & Food Security sector
Lead: Ministry of Agriculture
Co - lead: FAO and WFP

Health & Nutrition sector
Lead: Ministry of Health
Co - lead: WHO

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector
Lead: MNRE- Department of Water Affairs
Co - lead: UNICEF

Education sector
Lead: Ministry of Education & Training
Co - lead: Save the Children & UNICEF

Protection sector
Lead: DPMO- Department of Social Welfare
Co - lead: UNFPA

Environment & Energy sector
Lead: MTEA- Swaziland Environment Authority
Co -l ead: UNDP & UNESCO

Camp Coordination sector
Lead: MOHA- Refugees deprtment
Co - lead: Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society

Transport and Logistics sector
Lead: Ministry of Public Works & Transport (CTA)
Co - lead: WFP & BSRCS

Emergency ICT sector
Lead: Ministry of ICT
Co - lead: WFP