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. At present there are three SOS Children's Villages in Botswana, two SOS Youth Facilities, three SOS Kindergartens and two SOS Social Centres (family strengthening programmes).

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. At around 7 per cent annually, the economy of Botswana is currently one of the fastest growing in the world.

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. The population is made up of around 20 different ethnologic groups with the "Setswana" being the largest.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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