About UNDP in Botswana

 Botswana transformed itself from a Least Developed Country Status (LDC) at the time of independence in 1966 to a Middle Income Country within three decades.

UNDP has been operating in Botswana since 1975 following the signing of the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA). UNDP’s assistance to the Government of Botswana shall be made available to the Government and shall be furnished and received in accordance to with the relevant and applicable resolutions and decisions of the competent UNDP organs, and subject to the availability of the necessary funds to the UNDP.

In 2005, UNDP’s Executive Board approved the new Financial Regulations and Rules and along with them the new definitions of “execution” and “implementation” enabling UNDP to fully implement the new Common Country Programme Procedures resulting from the UNDG simplification and harmonization initiative. In light of this decision this Programme Operational Plan (POP) together with an AWP constitute together a project document as referred to in the SBAA.

The cooperation between the Government of Botswana and the United Nations system in Botswana is also pursuant of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 63/233 on Development Cooperation with Middle Income Countries that recognises and calls for appropriate support to middle income countries to overcome disparities masked by national averages and to realise all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Who are the decision makers?

Jacinta Barrins, UNDP RRJacinta Barrins is the current Resident Representative for UNDP Botswana. She joined the Country Office in January 2017

The Resident Coordinator heads the UN System in Botswana and is also the Resident Representative for UNDP Botswana. Together with the Economic Advisor and the Operations Manager, they form the Country Management Team. 

The country office has four programme portfolios namely; Environment and Energy, Governance and Human Rights, HIV and AIDS and Poverty Reduction. These portfolios are headed by locally recruited experts who provide both technical and advisory services needed to run the Country Programme-implemented through government ministries and departments.

Our Role in Botswana

The role of UNDP (and the UN) in Botswana is shaped by the status of the country as an upper middle income country. Botswana has reached a relatively high level of infrastructure development, is well-resourced and able to fund most of its developmental needs. However, Botswana requires best practices, high-quality policy advice on how best to respond to challenges associated with its middle-income status, including widening inequalities and disparities, persistent poverty among population groups, and climate change and natural disaster risks.

Our work in Botswana focuses on;

  • Providing evidence-based policy advise and international best practices, as well help the Government to bridge the policy implementation gap. We provide policy advice aligned with the programme priorities that are relevant in Botswana as a middle-income country.
  • Using our unique convening power to bring together various stakeholders and provide coordination, including on critical cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, HIV, climate change, and the rights-based approach to development.
  • Providing evidence-based policy advice in line with international norms and standards, including support to integrate these norms and standards into national legislative and policy frameworks and monitor their implementation and impact on beneficiaries.
  • Advocating for and helping to ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged are heard and issues of inequality are addressed in national policy processes.

We draw on the collective global assets of the organisation and global expertise and best practice to provide technical expertise, exchange of knowledge and capacity development, based on international best practice, and will support innovative approaches to human and social development issues and implementation of global normative standards.

Our Goals

UNDP is working with the Government of Botswana, academia, civil society, private sector national partners and Batswana to help find solutions to persistent and emerging development challenges. We continue to provide policy advisory and capacity building services, technical expertise, and knowledge in areas of environment and energy, poverty reduction and economic development, governance and human rights including HIV and AIDS.

UNDP's priority in a middle-income country like Botswana is to work in support of the government to achieve its priorities and aspirations as identified in development plans and visions and as outlined in agreements like the UNDAF and UNDAF Action Plan.

Current Staff Count for Botswana

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 14
UNDP Staff 23
Total 37

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