General information on Botswana

The SOS Children's Villages Association of Botswana was founded in 1980, 14 years after the country's independence. Against the background of a rapidly increasing number of AIDS orphans, the work of SOS Children's Villages became particularly important in Botswana.

A politically stable country

Waiting for school, Family Strengthening Programme Tlokweng - photo: Michela Morosini
Waiting for school to begin, Family Strengthening Programme Tlokweng (photo: Michela Morosini)
Botswana's total population is roughly 2 million and its capital is Gaborone. Nearly forty years of uninterrupted multi-party democracy, constantly rising GDP levels and modern social welfare policies have transformed Botswana into a role model for many other African states.

The country's most important economic resource is diamonds. However, the country has been trying to reduce its economic dependence on diamonds. Exports and services account for roughly 30 per cent of the country's GDP.

Poverty and inequality remain high in spite of Botswana's economic uptrend

Children are in need of protection

Two brothers, Family Strengthening Programme Tlokweng - photo: Michela Morosini
Two brothers, Family Strengthening Programme Tlokweng (photo: Michela Morosini)