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Batswana Youth Entrepreneurs Join the Largest Network of Youth Innovators through the YouthConnekt Summit in Accra, Ghana

The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC), Hon. Tumiso Rakgare and the UNDP Botswana Resident Representative lead a delegation of Youth Entrepreneurs and Youth…  


Key highlights of UNDP Work in Botswana 2017-2021

Key highlights of UNDP Work in Botswana 2017-2021  


UNDP Business Supplier Development Programme has entered into partnership with selected Banks in Botswana to prioritize access to funding for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

UNDP has entered into partnership with selected Banks in Botswana, in an effort to prioritize access to funding for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the UNDP Business Supplier Development…  


Women in Trade consultations held in Botswana

UNDP Botswana in partnership with the UN Resident Coordinators Office and UN Women in SA, hosted the Women in Trade National Consultations in Botswana event, on Tuesday 22nd June in Gaborone.  


UNDP partners with Legal Aid Botswana to promote access to justice in Botswana

The UNDP supported Legal Aid Botswana (LAB) to develop thirteen (13) legal literacy films and revamp the website of LAB which were later launched this morning in Gaborone. The legal literacy films…  


Okavango Sub-District brings the Multidimensional Poverty index to life

The Poverty Eradication Coordination Unit (PECU) of the Office of the President together with the Department of Community Development of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development met with…  


UNDP shares the vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent, driven by its citizens, relying on the power and potential of African people, especially its women and youth and caring for its children- Margunn

The acting UNDP Resident Representative, Margunn Indreboe Alshaikh has said that the UNDP shares the vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent, driven by its citizens, relying on the…  


UNDP and Men and Boys for Gender Equality (MBGE) partner to recognise outstanding contributions to Gender Based Violence prevention & response in Botswana

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Botswana partnered with Men and Boys for Gender Equality (MBGE) to host the first anti-gender based violence awards in Botswana. The awards ceremony…  


Waste recovery project to create employment and develop a strong waste recycling industry in Botswana

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism recently launched waste recovery pilot project in the…  


UNDP supports the promotion of waste to be used as a resource- Bratonozic

The Programme Specialist-Environment and Climate Change, Ms Chimbidzani Bratonozic said that the UNDP is happy to support the promotion of waste to be used as a resource rather than thrown into bins…  


Is there a UNDP beyond logframes?

Botswana is often portrayed as the land of dichotomies: An upper middle-income country with the 7th highest levels of inequality in the world, and 17% of the population living below the poverty line.…  


Kalahari landscape tour to guide plans to lower competition between land-uses and increase ecosystem integrity

27-28 May 2021, UNDP Botswana, Resident Representative, Jacinta Barrins and the Director of Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), Dr Kabelo Senyatso visited Wildlife Management Areas…  


Launch of fire-management strategy and handing over of firefighting equipment to curb veld fires in Botswana

The Global Environmental Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF/SGP) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Nata Conservation Trust, the Ministry of Environment…  


UNDP-NAPRO training on best practices in horticulture

The UNDP Business Supplier Development Programme (SDP) held a three-day training on “Best Practices in Horticultural Technologies”. The training was held in the Selebi Phikwe Economic Diversification…  


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…  

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