With its long history of stable democracy, Botswana is a strong ally of the United States. Throughout most of the last half century, the country 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. The population has better access to education and clean water than others in sub-Saharan Africa but struggles 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.
Our work helps alleviate the HIV/AIDS epidemic and strengthens local organizations and the Government of Botswana by providing technical expertise and financial resources to support the county’s response. We also help ensure sustainable management of natural resources and provide access to credit for small and medium sized business and entrepreneurs. Our office in Botswana supports bilateral health activities through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The Country Office also coordinates work with the U.S. interagency network, Government of Botswana counterparts, and the donor community. It also provides in-country support for a number of regional activities managed out of USAID's Southern Africa Mission. These regional activities address economic growth and environment, increase regional trade and participation in AGOA, enhance agricultural production, and ensure sound management of trans-boundary natural resources.