Botswana and the AfDB

Cooperation between the African Development Bank) and Botswana dates back to 1972. As of October 2012, the Bank had financed 50 operations (41 loan projects, seven institutional support operations, and two studies) valued at approximately US $2.1 billion. Bank-funded projects are primarily in the areas of infrastructure (power, transport, water and sanitation, communication), agriculture, finance and multi-sector.

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Botswana Economic Outlook

  • The pace of economic growth has slowed reflecting weak demand for mineral exports and a gloomy outlook for the global economy.
  • Growth prospects look promising, but the weak pickup in global growth, subdued commodity prices and persistent electricity supply problems pose substantial downside risks.
  • The country has experienced a rapid pace of urbanisation which has been associated with some environmental harm and is straining urban areas’ capacity to provide jobs, infrastructure and other essential amenities.

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Key Facts

Capital: Gaborone
Area: 582,000 sq km
Total Population 2015: 2.0 Million
Urban Population 2015: 62.95%
Female Population 2015: 49.70%
GDP: US$ 14.3 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 7,650
Inflation Rate: 6.08%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 23.56%
Human Development Index (rank / 187): 119
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.634
Membership Date: 31/03/1972
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2015): UA 1.5 Billion

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Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office

African Development Bank Group
339 Witch-Hazel Avenue
Highveld Ext. 78
Centurion, South Africa

Tel: +27 12 003 6900

Ms. Tonia KANDIERO, Director General