Democratic Governance


Botswana is ranked highly on governance and economic competitiveness indicators with a recognised distinction of having one of the longest working liberal democracies on the continent. The country has held free and fair elections regularly since 1965. More work is needed to enhance equal participation and protection of all citizens through legal and policy provisions, gender equality, capacity development of local authorities, enhanced monitoring by civil society, and increased accountability for results.

Our Support

Our support focuses on human resource and institutional capacity to facilitate development that benefits citizens and improves business processes and structures for public sector performance. We support government’s programmes towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals through improvements in service delivery mechanisms and expanding people's opportunity to participate in decision-making processes that are consistent with international human rights standards, particularly women, youths, marginalized groups and the poor. more

Elections Day

Batswana have gone to the polls 10 times since independence. On each occasion, they gave the mandate to govern to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in elections widely considered free and fair by international observers. (Photo, UN/Marco Dormino)more

Our Stories

Often times, vulnerable groups are denied the ability to seek remedies in a fair justice system.
UNDP initiative helps vulnerable groups access justice in Botswana

In partnership with the Government of Botswana, UNDP has piloted a Legal Aid initiative aimed at designing a legal aid programme that promotes greater access to justice and utilisation of legal services by Batswana. UNDP promotes effective, responsive, accessible and fair justice systems as a pillar of democratic governance.more 

Several Social Good Summit Meet-Ups were organized in more than 55 countries, supported by UNDP Country Offices across the global, focusing on different issues and themes.
Youth commit to addressing unemployment and inequality

After a two-day event, during the 2013 Social Good Summit Meet-Up in Gaborone, youths identified and array of national development challenges and how deployment of localmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Strengthening governance institutions to accelerate progress towards achieving national development goals

    The aim of the project is strengthen governance institutions at all levels to design, formulate and implement evidence based responsive policies, legislation, programmes and projects and to accelerate progress towards Vision 2016 goals, NDP10 goals, MDGs and Millennium Declaration. This is intent ended to ultimately increase accountability and responsiveness of governing institutions.more 

  • Strengthening national capacity for disaster risk reduction

    The project strengthens the capacity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to effectively coordinate ratifications of international treaties, conventions and protocols as well as domestication and regular reporting as stipulated in various conventions, treaties and protocols.more 

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