Our work in Botswana
Bilateral cooperation was phased out in 2013
December 2013 was the last month to finance activities and no new country-specific cooperation strategy for Botswana will be developed. From a Swedish point of view, there is a strong desire to continue deepening and broadening the close relations between Sweden and Botswana .
The traditional aid through Sida was transformed into partner driven cooperation from 2009; a form of collaboration that is characterized by for instance cost sharing and mutual interest. Partner driven cooperation means a focus on broadening and extending relations between our countries. The target is for these relations to exist without development aid.
A strategy for partner driven cooperation with Botswana was developed for the period 2009-2013, to guide the work up to December 2013 with a focus on the following areas:
- Poverty-oriented economic development
- Environment and Climate
- Democracy and Human Rights
- HIV and AIDS
Sharing is knowledge
During the years of partner driven cooperation, Sida has supported collaboration between authorities to spread knowledge in areas where Sweden has a lot to offer and that are important for the development of the partner country. One example is the Swedish National Land Survey, together with the Ministry of Land and Housing in Botswana, working to revise the land and property related laws. Another one is the Swedish Tax Agency, who together with Botswana Unified Revenue Service is working to enforce tax collection and tax revenues. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has also had a long collaboration with the Botswana Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) to strengthen knowledge in forecasting weather and climate change.
Read more about the collaboration between the Swedish National Land Survey and the Botswana Ministry of Land and Housing.
Many involved in the collaboration
Since Sida introduced the partner driven collaboration, a number of so-called facilitators have helped broadening the sphere of actors for collaboration between Sweden and Botswana. Some of these facilitators are Business Sweden and the Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU. Their role has been to facilitate collaboration, provide contacts and keep a focus on the goals set in the strategy.
Supporting work to combat hiv/aids
Botswana is one of the countries hit hardest by the hiv/aids epidemic in the world. The government has introduced a national programme for free treatment, which has successfully increased access to anti-retroviral medicine for those who are hiv positive. However, not all those affected have access to health care. Because the epidemic has already affected many people who are of working, the lack of trained staff is a major problem in many sectors.
In parallel with projects that are part of partner driven cooperation , Sida has long provided a direct support to Southern Africa AIDS Trust (SAT) that works to mitigate the impact of hiv and aids epidemic through various networks and local NGOs. The support aims to strengthen the capacity of NGOs to work qualitatively with prevention, care and mitigation of hiv and aids.
Sida has also provided support to the Botswana Ministry of Local Government for their efforts to strengthen local governments’ capacity to more work effectively with hiv and aids-related issues, as well as to Botswana's National aids Co-ordinating Agency (NACA). Sida has also assisted UNICEF in their hiv and aids-related work with adolescent sexual and reproductive health.