The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) became active in Botswana in 1973 with UN Volunteers focusing on activities in various sectors of the economy. Through the years, UNV has continued to provide development assistance to Botswana. By the mid-1990s, the UNV programme in Botswana was one of the largest UNV operations. At that time, more than 60 UN Volunteers assisted non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) in skills training for income-earning projects, organized exchange programmes and mobilized funds for the host organizations to support development activities. The 1997-2002 Country Cooperation Framework focused on programme support in poverty alleviation and employment creation, environment, gender and HIV/AIDS.
Tapping into the knowledge
04 August 2009
Gaborone, Botswana: The Community Capacity Enhancement Process (CCEP) is a model geared towards fighting HIV/AIDS through community conversations. At its heart is the belief that the community has a vast amount of knowledge and the capability to identify problems that affect them. ReadSetting HIV/AIDS awareness in stone
29 May 2009
Kang, Botswana: People are asked to pick up stones to symbolize the number of people they have lost to HIV/AIDS. Then seated in a circle and in a solemn mood, an individual is asked to talk to the others about the stones they have collected. Read"Unearthing community capabilities"
29 May 2009
Kang and Gumare, Botswana: A group of national UNV volunteers is guiding communities “to unearth their capabilities and look into available resources within themselves” to tackle the HIV/AIDS threat. Read
More about: HIV/AIDS
26 May 2009
Gumare, Botswana: I applied for the Community Capacity Enhancement Programme (CCEP) in response to HIV/AIDS because as much as I am affected indirectly, it affects everyone directly. It’s no longer about health issues and saving individual lives, it is about saving the nation, my nation. ReadReaching for higher ground
30 April 2009
Shakawe, Botswana: A UNV volunteer finds that people are in need of his volunteer spirit when flooding hits rural areas in the Okavango Delta. Read
More about: Emergency relief
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