UNDP and the UN System
In 2008, Botswana, true to its history of identifying and adapting innovation, requested the United Nations Country Team to join the group of ‘self-starters’ in the Delivering as One approach, intended to improve ownership, alignment and harmonization of UN activities with national priorities and bring about gains in efficiency, effectiveness and stronger accountability.
In 2009, the UN developed the first One UN Programme – the GoB-UN POP-whose implementation began in 2010 and ends in 2014. So far, the United Nations has put into practice the Delivering as One approach. The results have been promising and offer much to build on going forward.
As Botswana reviewed progress on the Tenth National Development Plan (NDP10), the achievements were encouraging. The reflections were candid and insightful. There was recognition of both external and internal limitations on progress. Evident, through the process was firm resolve to address those constraints that are within the control of the people of Botswana.
Standing out as the key challenges for Botswana was the need for greater urgency in economic diversification and inclusiveness, graduating some of the people reliant of welfare programmes to programmes that strengthen their capacities to look after themselves, improving policy implementation, improving project management and accountability for results.
The UN has a specific role to play in supporting Botswana to achieve the MDGs and other national long term development goals its citizens. Although the country stands among those middle income countries that are likely to achieve a majority of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, ongoing support still remains paramount.
The UN views continued support to Botswana as a priority, as the country will require ongoing support from development partners if it is to continue to progress successfully and address the challenges associated with middle-income country status, and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UN agencies in Botswana
The UN System in Botswana comprises of 12 resident and 13 non-resident agencies working as a One UN together with the Government of Botswana to address development challenges, attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and assist Botsawana in realising her Vision. The United Nations in Botsawana also works closely with cooperating partners, civil society organisations and the private sector. The following agencies comprise the UNCT in Botswana;