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.
The USAID program in Botswana focuses on the alleviation of HIV/AIDS in the country, strengthening local organizations and the Government of Botswana (GOB) with technical expertise and financial resources to support the county’s response to the epidemic. USAID also helps ensure sustainable management of natural resources and provides access to credit for SMEs and entrepreneurs. Programmatically, the USAID/Botswana Country Office supports bilateral health activities through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The USAID/Botswana Country Office provides leadership on a wide range of development-related activities at the U.S. Embassy in Botswana. This includes coordination with the U.S. interagency network, Government of Botswana counterparts, and the donor community. Potential new activities are envisioned as USAID is actively looking for opportunities for engagement in other sectors where results can be achieved by leveraging limited development assistance with other development partners, the private sector, and the GOB.
The USAID/Botswana Country Office also provides in-country support for a number of regional activities managed out of USAID/Southern Africa, which address economic growth and environment, increase regional trade and participation in AGOA, enhance agricultural production, and ensure sound management of trans-boundary natural resources.
Last updated: July 13, 2016