The UN in Botswana
Botswana is in its 54th year of independence and its reputation as a peaceful and democratic nation persists with international development indices confirming this.
In 2018 the UNCT continued to support the Government in its efforts to domesticate and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN supported the Government to launch a National SDGs Roadmap. The roadmap has six strategic areas to guide the implementation of the SDGs at national, regional and local levels. It was launched on 22 February by the former Vice President of Botswana His Honour Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, who is now President of the Republic of Botswana. The UN provided technical support to develop a National SDGs Communication Strategy and Action Plan. Implementation of this Strategy commenced during the year 2018.
The UN is now implementing the second year of its 5-year UNSDF plan with the Government of Botswana, in the spirit of delivering together." "
Three of the UN in Botswana's most significant achievements include: UN support on HIV/AIDS, advocating to end Violence Against Women (VAM), and breaking down what the SDG principle of Leave No One Behind means and identifying how this can be applied to poverty elimination in Botswana and on the African continent.
The Joint United Nations Team on AIDS (JUTA) supported the country to develop a national HIV and AIDS strategic framework 2018 – 2023 (NSF III). This framework has accelerated implementation and enhanced efficiencies towards HIV epidemic control by 2020 and beyond 2023.
To make the money work for Botswana the UN leveraged domestic funds by providing technical assistance for catalytic funding for US$2 million targeting adolescent girls, young women, and, the removal of human rights based barriers to access to HIV services.
Launch and Implementation of the National SDGs Roadmap: In 2018 the UN in Botswana continued to support the Government in its efforts to implement the SDGs and helped the Government launch a National SDGs Roadmap.
The UN supported the growth of small medium enterprises (SMEs) as instrumental to the Government’s development agenda to expand the economy and to creating jobs, through a new programme called a Supplier Development Programme. Botswana is the first country to pilot this approach in Africa.