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Tribal Land Administration in Botswana

"Decentralising the administration of communally-owned land to a local system in Botswana was a sound objective and could be pursued elsewhere in the region. Yet, despite Botswana having grappled relatively successfully with many of the land chall…

Botswana's Enabling Environment for Economic Diversification: Plugging the Holes

"Botswana’s enabling environment for investment was assessed in a Report prepared by BIDPA and World Bank entitled “Diversifying Botswana’s Exports: An Overview” (2005). This Policy Brief presents the main findings of that assessment. It focuses on …

Abundant Resource Endowment: A Basis for Successful Economic Diversification

"This policy brief discusses the reasons for pessimism in resource-based economic development, resulting in failure to achieve economic diversification and sustainable economic growth. It then looks at why resource abundance can support successful e…

Export Diversification: Is it Really Necessary for Botswana?

" The main objective of this policy brief is to explore the reasons why Botswana continues to pursue the export diversification strategy in spite of its limited success over the years. This policy brief will summarize the reasons advanced by the stu…

Management of some Commons in Southern Africa: Implications for Policy

"Profound transformations in communal land tenure systems are taking place in parts of southern Africa that have resulted from decades of interventions, particularly the shrinking of the commonage through capture of extensive tracts of lands by pr…

BIDPA Newsletter December 2013

This newsletter provides an update of research and consultancy projects, and other general activities.

Outcomes of Community Engagement in Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programmes

"This policy brief examines the efficacy of the community concept in explaining outcomes of planned intervention in general and CBNRM more specifically. The primary aim here is to illustrate the point that a development project involves the interact…

BIDPA Newsletter December 2011

This newsletter contains the following topics; BIDPA Undertakes Policy Analysis Workshop for Non-State Actors focused on the following themes: Understanding the policy cycle; policy development and analysis; policy implementation, monitoring and e…

Southern African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis - Botswana

"Botswana has a semi-arid climate, characterized by warm winters, hot summers, low rainfall, and high evapotranspiration. The country is prone to frequent droughts, lately occurring every two years rather than once every four years, as in the previo…

SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Towards a developmental agreement

"The South African Customs Union (SACU) Revenue Sharing Formula (RSF) has been revised substantively twice; once in 1969 and in 1994-2002 since the creation of the customs union in 1910 and each time the changes in the treaty were a reflection of…

Is the Botswana Pula Misaligned?

"The objective of this paper is to assess the extent to which the Botswana exchange rate (the Pula) has been consistent with economic fundamentals. To do so an equilibrium exchange rate is estimated and compared against the values of the effective e…

Competition and Trade Policy: The case of the Botswana poultry industry

"The poultry sector is the most successful example of import substitution in Botswana with the country having achieved national self sufficiency. This paper describes the value chain in the industry and shows how, given the small size of the market,…

Factors Underlying Communal Beef Cattle Marketing Decisions In Botswana: The Role Of Public And Private Transfers

"The paper examines factors underlying communal beef cattle marketing at a household level in Botswana, with emphasis placed on the role of public and private transfers. Results show that public and private transfers (pensions, remittances, governme…

Coal Exports and the Diversification of Botswana's Economy

"The paper considers the opportunities and risks associated with the development of Botswana’s steam coal export sector. Given the very high coal prices on world markets achieved over the last decade together with the growing demand in India and Chi…

Trade Patterns in the SADC Region: Key Issues for the FTA

"This policy brief examines trade patterns in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) over the period 1980 to 1997. Perhaps the most notable conclusion about trade trends in the region is the rather disturbing lack of trend. Trade pattern…

Other Facets no 22

In ‘Diamond controls in Venezuela: 100% KP, non-compliant,’ Venezuela’s diamond exports are avoiding Kimberley Process controls, and 100% of annual production is being smuggled out of the country. In ‘Kimberley Process 2006: Collapse averted’ PAC in…

Devolution and Democratisation of Natural Resource Management in South Africa: A Comparative Analysis of CBNRM Policy Processes in Botswana and Zimbabwe

"This paper examines the policy processes of devolution and democratisation of natural resource management as they relate to community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) outcomes in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Devolution and democratisation of nat…

Rangeland Tenure and Pastoral Development in Botswana: Is there a Future for Community-Based Management?

"Botswana has a long history of attempts to ‘rationalise’ land tenure so as to improve livestock production, which remains a mainstay for the rural economy. This paper addresses the profound transformations in land tenure systems that have been prom…

CBNRM, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Livelihoods: Developing Criteria for Evaluating the Contribution of CBNRM to Poverty Reduction and Alleviation in Southern Africa

"This research paper explores the relationships between community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), poverty reduction/alleviation and rural livelihoods. The objectives of this paper are as follows: • to explore the current understanding o…

HIV/AIDS and Human Rights in Botswana

"This report is a summary of national HIV/AIDS policies, strategic frameworks, legislation, guidelines and court cases in Botswana as they relate to HIV/AIDS and human rights. A national consultant in Botswana collected the relevant documents, answe…

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