Botswana’s Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Minister said on Monday the government had developed a range of policies and invested resources to eradicate poverty.
Speaking at the Second NGO Council Stakeholders Forum in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, Edwin Batshu said policies were aiming at empowering citizens and providing essential social services to all, including the most vulnerable groups in rural areas.
He said the country is still experiencing poverty, especially in rural areas, growing inequalities, and challenges in health and education systems and some bottlenecks in the economic diversification drive.
The official said Botswana has committed to national priorities like job creation, poverty eradication, increasing education funding, eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and fighting corruption.
Batshu said the role played by civil society in shaping development policies can not be over emphasized in order to achieve concrete and sustainable results, adding that this calls for a greater role to be played by the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
He pointed out that it is important to assess existing mechanisms for more involvement, particularly of vulnerable communities. Enditem