With its long history of stable democracy, Botswana is a strong ally of the United States. Throughout most of the last half century, Botswana has experienced robust economic growth. It is now considered a middle-income country, although there are concerns about the economy’s dependence on diamond mining. People in Botswana have better access to education and clean water than others in sub-Saharan Africa, but they struggle with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. Nearly one-quarter of adults are infected with HIV, placing a heavy burden on social services and the economy.
USAID Programs focus on the alleviation of HIV/AIDS in the country. We also strengthen indigenous organizations and the Government of Botswana by bringing technical expertise and financial support to support the county’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Regional programs also address economic growth and environment, increase regional trade, enhance agricultural production, and ensure sound management of trans-boundary natural resources. Programs support three Presidential Initiatives: the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Feed the Future, and Global Climate Change initiative.
Our activities in Botswana are managed by the USAID Southern Africa regional office.
Last updated: January 27, 2014