"During 2002 a number of major consultancy projects, have been successfully completed. Significant progress was made with project activities, noticeably in trade and welfare and poverty related areas. The institute continued to have an influence on the HIV/AIDS policy direction. Rural poverty research was another area where BIDPA's research findings assisted Government to redefine strategies to address poverty issues. The need to facilitate the process of transforming the Botswana economy was a major challenge that BIDPA sought to address. The SATRN project played a significant role, not only in revenue earnings, but in the capacity building mandate, both nationally and in the SADC region."