Capacity building for pro-poor development policies and strategies
The project aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacity to develop, implement and monitor inclusive/pro-poor development policies and strategies in key government departments in particular; the Poverty Eradication Coordination Unit (PECU) in the Office of the President and the Poverty Statistics Unit at Statistics Botswana.
Key deliverables for this project include; a Botswana Poverty Eradication Strategy (BPES) that replaces the 2003 National Strategy for Poverty Reduction; a Poverty Monitoring and Information System; Strong policy advisory capacity; and advocacy products.
Among the project's accomplishments include; the development of Policy Advisory Notes on the participatory development of the BPES, the PMIS and the use of Poverty and Social Impact Analyses in policy development, development of poverty lines following analysis of the 2009/10 Botswana Core Welfare Indicator Survey (BCWIS), and the preparation of a disaggregated National Poverty Profile. The project further supported the development of capacity for Poverty Analysis within Statistics Botswana and PECU, through targeted training for the Poverty Statistics Unit at Statistics Botswana in 2011 and PECU and members of the Poverty Eradication Task Force in 2012.
The project supported the development of poverty lines and the preparation of a disaggregated National Poverty Profile. As a follow up to the 2010 MDGs report, a MDG Acceleration framework was developed to address maternal mortality, which, along with child mortality, has been regressing since 2005. The Ministry of Health has since developed a national programme to address maternal mortality. RBA has committed US$150,000 in project support to the acceleration work on maternal mortality. An advanced draft of the MDGR for 2013 was completed in 2013.
Project funding and implementation
The project is funded by the Government of Botswana and UNDP under the cost-sharing arrangement. It is implemented by the Poverty Eradication Coordination Unit in the Office of the President under the National Execution (NEX) modality.