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Trade agreements simplified with the support of UNDP will facilitate their effective utilisation by the business community in Botswana, including the SMEs

UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) hosted a virtual meeting to present the simplified trade agreements whose aim is to improve their level of use,…  


Boosting revenue for Botswana’s national parks

Protecting its wildlife and nature is critically important for Botswana, which has designated more than 40% of the country’s land area to national parks and game reserves. Local communities depend on…  


The rollout of SDGs planning guidelines in Botswana

The realization of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for deliberate action and a fulfillment of the pledge of “leaving no one behind” by all stakeholders. This is in…  


Lives empowered through new earth garden initiative in Mahetwe and Ditshukudu settlements in the Kweneng District

In September 2020, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) approved 7 new projects at a tune of USD310,000 to be…  


The Botswana National Informal Sector Recovery plan launched- Opportunity to build-back-better

The Botswana National Informal Sector Recovery Plan (ISRP) was launched on the 16th March 2021 in Gaborone. Speaking at the launch, the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Jacinta Barrins said, “As part…  


UNDP provides technical support to meet energy needs for 200 biogas beneficiaries

UNDP recently toured training sites in Kweneng district where 38 biogas masons are being trained to facilitate the rollout of 200 biogas digesters in the country that are supported by UNDP Botswana.…  


Speech by Jacinta Barrins, UNDP, Resident Representative on the occasion of the Launch of the Informal Sector Recovery Plan

Jacinta Barrins, UNDP, Resident Representative on the Occasion of the Launch of the Informal Sector Recovery Plan 16th March, 2021  


UNDP improves the capacity of the BORAVAST Trust Business ventures for better community livelihoods

As part of monitoring activities for their supported projects, the KGDEP and the Department of Forestry and Range Resources (DFRR) undertook a mission to the BORAVAST community on 18th February 2021…  


A Second Opportunity Through Climate Smart Agriculture

The small village of Shakawe is located approximately 380 kilometres from the bustling touristic town of Maun. Positioned at the tip of the borders of Botswana and Namibia, Shakawe is made up of…  


UNDP Supports the establishment of one-stop-shop for public services in Botswana

United nations Development Programme (UNDP) approach has been to develop and sustain strategic partnerships that find innovative solutions to address gaps on both the demand and supply side of…  


Committing to end GBV

Late last year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Government of Botswana through the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs (MNIG) and Kgalagadi…  


Human Development Report 2020 The Next Frontier Human Development and the Anthropocene

The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest crisis facing the world, but unless humans release their grip on nature, it won’t be the last, according to a new report by the United Nations Development Programme…  


Building resilient farmers through adopting Climate Smart Agricultural Practices

The Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) through UNDP-GEF supported and financed project, in partnership with the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security (MoADFS)…  


UNDP promotes “Building Back Better for a Disability Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 World

UNDP Resident Representative made a statement in Gaborone today at the Government of Botswana’s commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2020. The theme of this year’s…  


Community led pilot projects to enable Botswana attain her climate change obligations

The United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism through the Department of Environmental Affairs held an event to…  


Botswana Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Benefit from the UNDP Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

What do CupcakeVille, White Angels, Sunrise, Ratoccs Farms, Lejwehill Group, PSS Steel Fabricators, Three Lions, Polycats Investments, Line Feed and Gasa Engineering & Mining Services have in common?…  


Waste not, want not; meeting rural energy needs and cutting CO2 emissions

Botswana is more than half a million square kilometres and its 2.5 million inhabitants are thinly spread over a large area. To build and maintain an electrical grid in these circumstances is a…  


UNDP Playing its Integrator Role as Part of Accelerating SDGs Implementation in Botswana

UNDP initiated a Project in mid -2018 to support the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, (MFED), to effectively carry out is coordination role in promoting an all of government and all of…  


UNDP provides personal protective equipment to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Botswana prisons

Gaborone, Botswana, November 5, 2020 – This morning the United Nations Development Programme handed a donation of personal protective equipment to Botswana Prisons Service valued at USD 25,000 to…  


Botswana Exporter Development Programme launched

This morning the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme launched the Revised Botswana Exporter Development Programme (BEDP) through a…  


Community Management of Protected Areas for Conservation (COMPACT) to increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation

The Government of Botswana through the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism in partnership with United Nations Development Programme-GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)…  


Transforming lives through rollout of small-scale biogas digesters

The Government of Botswana (GoB) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing a project titled “Promoting production and utilization of Biogas from Agro-waste…  


The Ombudsman restructures to National Human Rights Institute

The office of the Ombudsman is being transformed into a National Human Rights Institute (NHRI)  


BotswanaLII Project Office provides information access

BotswanaLII Project Office will provide rapid digitisation and publication of the country’s legal information online and free of charge once fully established. Speaking at a signing event signifying…  


Fresh, local food in Botswana: “We are ready to meet this demand.”

UNDP, with financing from the Global Environment Facility, is providing technical and financial support to the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission in Botswana. A key component of project…  


Inception report to guide the development of the Kgalagadi Integrated Lands Use Management Plan (ILUMP)

The Kgalagadi and Ghanzi Drylands Ecosystem Project (KGDEP) launched in 2019 in Botswana, is a collaboration between the Government of Botswana and UNDP to reduce competition between land uses and…  


Botswana Legal Information Institute (BotswanaLII) Project launched

Gaborone, Botswana, September 9, 2020 – In continued efforts to increase access to information UNDP and the Government of Botswana launched the Botswana Legal Information Institute project office at…  


The second basic bushfire training for first responders (communities) done in Kgalagadi South district

Tsabong, 17–21 August 2020, the Kgalagadi and Ghanzi Drylands Ecosystem Project (KGDEP) in collaboration with Botswana’s Department of Forestry and Range Resources (DFRR) conducted the second session…  


UNDP Botswana Resident Representative pays courtesy call on the Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance & Public Administration

Gaborone, Botswana 25th August 2020-This morning the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative to Botswana, Her Excellency Jacinta Barrins, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for…  


UNDP, UNICEF and Red Cross partner to address violence against women and children

Gaborone, Botswana, August 19, 2020 – Yesterday UNDP, UNICEF and the Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) discussed their tripartite partnership around reducing the various forms of violence, including…  


UNDP helps Communities in Kgalagadi District Derive Value out of invasive Prosopis

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched the charcoal project for the communities of Bokspits, Rapples Pan, Vaalhoek and Struizendam (BORAVAST) in the Kgalagadi district. UNDP…  


Progress against the multiple dimensions of poverty was made before the pandemic – but now it is at risk

New figures released yesterday show that before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, progress was being made in tackling multidimensional poverty, according to the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), a…  


A Private Sector Recovery Plan: A new beginning with new partnerships

The private sector in Botswana, like many countries has experienced the full impact of the COVID-19 crisis. UNDP,supported Business Botswana, to develop its Recovery Plan in consultation with World…  


Biogas Digesters improve lives in Botswana

One of the beneficiaries of UNDP’s biogas project, Ms Faith Malefo Gabonthone stated that the biogas has improved her life and made it easier. She said she used to cook and iron using fire which was…  


UNDP introduces its Champions – the SDP Business Consultants!

A vibrant small and medium-sized enterprises sector is a vital ingredient for a healthy economy. According to the World Bank, SMEs are accounting for up to 90 per cent of all businesses across…  


Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day 2020 “COVID-19: The Great Lockdown and its Impact on Small Business”

This year on this special United Nations (UN) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Day, we recognize and celebrate the important role that MSMEs play in our world today in creating decent jobs…  


World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020

Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. Desertification does not refer to the…  


Enhancing Horticulture Production and Linkage to Higher End Tourism Markets Demonstration Project

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with finance from Global Environmental Facility (GEF) is providing technical and financial support to OKACOM through the “Support to the Implementation…  


UNDP Supports Botswana Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to Survive COVID-19

The United Nations Development Programme – UNDP – has expanded its unique “Business Supplier Development Programme” (SDP) to support participating Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to live through…  


Aquatic Ecological Monitoring in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin

The long-term beneficial use of the shared Cubango-Okavango River Basin (CORB) waters depends upon the joint sustainable management of its water and land resources. The CORB which is considered…  


Local Communities as Stewards of Nature

In commemorating the World Environment Day (WED) for 2020 the UNDP through the GEF/SGP recognizes the role of the local communities particularly at the grassroot level as “stewards of nature’. The WED…  


UN Botswana COVID19 Response newsletter, 31 May

Life after lockdown A new context The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world into uncharted territory. Strategies to reduce the spread of the virus have been designed, implemented, reviewed and tested…  


Call for Applications- Biogas project

The Government of Botswana (GoB) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing a Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project titled “Promoting…  


2020 International Day for Biodiversity day Observed

Botswana like many other countries, is faced with several biodiversity conservation challenges including those of a financial nature. This is despite a strong case for investment in biodiversity and…  


UN Botswana COVID19 Response-newsletter-03

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining public health systems, triggering unprecedented measures by governments around the world, including movement restrictions and shelter-in-place orders. Multiple…  


UN Botswana COVID19 Response-newsletter-02

COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children and their families as health systems buckle, borders close, and schools and businesses shutter. As COVID-19 has spread, so has misinformation –…  


The GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme Newsletter

The 7th issue of the GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme Newsletter, with exciting photo essays/news and highlights our new annual SGP Results Report, that showcases community solutions and resilience…  


Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild…  


Keeping Updated and Tuned in to National Media Channels- COVID19

The Minister of Health and Wellness will continue to update the nation about the status of the pandemic both locally and globally. Please keep yourself informed daily.  


Coronavirus - questions and answers (Q&A)

What is a coronavirus? Where do they come from? How can I protect myself? Watch this Q&A from the World Health Organization for the answers.  

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