Botswana

Botswana

Individual measure in favour of Botswana adopted on 05/07/2018 Botswana-EU Technical Cooperation Facility, funded by the 11th European Development Fund.
The EU is providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Education and Skills Development in Botswana to help them review and reform the education sector in order to get better value for money and improved service delivery and results. During the last four years, 4MEUR in TA has been provided. An important part of the assistance is working together with the officials in the ministry in order for these to learn the necessary skills to keep the reforms going.
"This programme is basically what jump started my career in fashion design. Since I did not go to school for fashion design, it created a platform where I learnt about the industry. I really appreciated the capacity buildings that we had to go through because some of them were tailored to what we do, even the people who were brought in came in with a lot of experience so for me this was a perfect experience."
Through the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP) we managed to acquire machinery which contributed significantly to speeding up our production process. PSDP we are now well informed about the business sphere and understand the different markets. We aspire to enter the export market at which point the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) will become an important organisation to talk to. PSDP has been a critical stepping stone for us.
The programme intends to support Botswana achieve the goals of the Vision 2016 and the 10th National Development Plan towards establishing a prosperous, productive and innovative society. The main goals of the programme are to contribute to poverty reduction, promotion of life-long learning and putting into place the National Human Resources Development Strategy (NHRDS), as well as mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS in the country.
The empowerment of Non State Actors programme intends to enhance the role of Non State Actors in the development process of Botswana and enable NSA to contribute more effectively to the achievement of national development goals. The key objectives of the programme are (1) to strengthen structural dialogue between the Government of Botswana and the NSA; (2) to strengthen the financial and operational framework for the attribution and administration of public funds to NSA; (3) to build capacities of NSA; and (4) to strengthen coordination and cooperation mechanisms among NSA.
Stepping Stones International (SSI) has been working in collaboration with credible networks throughout Botswana, promoting the protection of children’s rights and conducting advocacy work to prevent child abuse since 2006. In March 2012, SSI won the Runner Up award at the Gender Justice Summit for its presentation in the prevention category, 'Empowering Family Role Models to Stomp Out Sexual Abuse'.
Despite Botswana’s domestication of the CRC, via the Children’s Act, child sexual abuse remains a persistent social problem, hindering children from realizing their rights. There is overwhelming evidence that vulnerable children, especially girls, are not benefiting from their basic right to protection.13% of sexually experienced students surveyed were raped the first time they had sexual intercourse; 12.8% of sexually experienced students were forced to have sexual intercourse.
Gender based violence,(women and girls), is still a major concern in Botswana. The Botswana GBV Indicators Study Research Report revealed that over two thirds of women in Botswana (67.3%) have experienced some form of gender based violence in their lifetime and a smaller proportion of men (44.4%) admit to perpetrating violence against women. Most of the violence reported occurs within intimate relationships. GBV is one of the more pressing Human Rights issues in Botswana.
The overall objective of the programme is to promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in the SADC Region. The programme's activities are aligned to the SADC Trade Protocol, the SADC Protocol on Finance and Investment and the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. Specific areas for support are regional investment climate, development of regional payment systems, regional tax collaboration and lifting of non-tariff barriers, in particular those related to sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures.

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