Botswana: Progress in the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Country

Botswana

Status

Submitted

Year

2021

Focal Point

Amutshilani M Setoboli

Chief Housing Officer, Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development

Republic of Botswana National Report Oct 2020 - Sep 2024
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Executive Summary

The report was compiled by a team comprising of officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Statistics Botswana, Gaborone City Council and City of Francistown Council. It draws from stakeholder submissions on the implementation of respective laws, policies, programmes, strategies and initiatives towards implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It details achievements, challenges and strategies on broad dimensions of the NUA, which include transformative commitments on social inclusion, and ending poverty, sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity, environmental sustainability and resilient urban development, implementation structures and framework as well as and mechanisms for continuous monitoring, follow up and review.

Stakeholder Partnership and Commitments

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development coordinates the implementation if the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in partnership with Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Stakeholders were consulted both prior to compilation of the report for submission of data and statistics on their respective areas, and also after the draft was produced for validation of the content and context. Those consulted include all Government Ministries, Statistics Botswana, Bank of Botswana, Bankers Association of Botswana, Pula Institute of Town Planners, Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations, Business Botswana and Botswana Association of Local Authorities.

Innovative approaches to COVID-19 response

It would be remiss of this report not to make mention of Botswana’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. The strategies put in place to manage the pandemic include lockdowns, travel restrictions, compulsory masking in public spaces limiting number of people at family, organisations and public gatherings, imposition of heavy fines for non-compliance. Naturally, these measures resulted in both social and economic hardships on the entire nation across the country. The Government was compelled to come up with economic support in the form of financial and material grants to the hard hit businesses and households. A COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to help companies to pay portions of their employees’ salaries, households were given food hampers, SMMEs and informal sector were offered interest free loans to revamp their operations. To further consolidate intervention measures, His Excellency the President came up with a five point reset agenda which emphasises commitment to protect the nation against COVID19. The response to COVID-19 has mainly focused on economic recovery and health measures. The health measures include provision of facilities for nursing the hard hit and most importantly, vaccinating the entire eligible nation. The target is to have vaccinated all eligible people by 2022.

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