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Botswana and the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Since 2012, the GIZ Office Gaborone has been responsible for cooperation with Botswana and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The Federal Republic of Germany has been supporting the implementation of the SADC integration agenda since 1985 and has been working with the Republic of Botswana for more than 35 years. Currently 48 national and 19 international employees and one development worker are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018).

SADC is an alliance of 15 countries: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Their shared objective is to develop solutions to transboundary challenges within the region. SADC’s vision is one of politically stable, socially just and sustainable economic development that reduces poverty in the region and thus makes a contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations.

At the most recent government negotiations between SADC and Germany in 2013, the following priority areas of cooperation were confirmed:

  • Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Regional economic integration
  • Transboundary water resources management

Strengthening SADC institutions and support in the fields of peace-building, security and good governance within the region were agreed as other areas of cooperation. GIZ’s international and regional advisors work closely with the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, which coordinates the harmonisation of SADC policies and strategies and provides strategic expertise to drive forward regional integration. Other important partners are the SADC Member States, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and think tanks in the region.

Within a relatively short period of time, the Republic of Botswana has developed from being one of the world’s poorest nations into a middle-income emerging economy. Its 2 million people live together peacefully under a democratic system in a country the size of France. However, there are still a number of challenges to overcome, such as the skills shortage. GIZ advises and supports its partner institutions in the area of vocational education and training in closing this gap and sustainably improving vocational training services. The project is cofinanced by the Government of Botswana, the Botswana Chamber of Mines and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.