Botswana takes pride in its mature democracy. Free and fair elections are held regularly and the constitution provides for fundamental rights and freedoms. Botswana’s economic progress over the past 40 years has significantly raised living standards for many; however, with poverty rates of around 21%, significant and stubborn pockets of poverty remain, especially in rural areas. 

Unemployment has remained close to 20%, and as a consequence income inequality in Botswana is among the highest in the world. Botswana also has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates globally, with about 20% of the adult population infected.

Since 2007, OCHA ROSA has been supporting various activities in Botswana, including:

  • Humanitarian Reform in 2008 and 2009, particularly related to coordination strengthening and humanitarian financing;
  • Organizing national simulations on floods;
  • Training for regional disaster management committees on emergency preparedness and response
  • The revision of pandemic influenza preparedness and response plans by the UN Country Team.
  • Reviewing Emergency Preparedness and Response Information Management Systems and putting sustainable in country mechanisms to address the gaps