African Symposium on Statistical Development Emphasizes Central Role of Data in Development

Focus on link between vital statistics and good governance in Africa Described as both “highly relevant” and “timely”, the 9th African Symposium on Statistic Development opened on Monday, February 17 in Gaborone, Botswana, under the theme “Promoting the Use of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Support of Good Governance in Africa.” In light of the recent call by the United Nations High-Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda that no person – regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status – should be denied universal human rights...

9th ASSD - Botswana meeting highlights way forward for AfDB’s statistical initiatives

The strengthening of statistical capacity in African countries, the launch of Africa’s Information Highway, and a new book outlining guidelines for building statistical business registers were among the topics discussed at a meeting convened by the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank Group, in Gaborone, Botswana, on Sunday, February 16. The meeting brought together heads of National Statistical Offices from the Bank’s regional member countries (RMCs) and international experts to discuss the important role statistics play in the development of the continent...

Botswana - Trans-Kgalagadi Road Project - PPER


Botswana: Health Personnel Training Project


Botswana: The Telecommunication I Project


Botswana: Secondary Teacher Training College


Botswana: New Gaberone International Airport


Lesotho: Health Services Development Programme


Botswana: Arable lands development Phase I


Botswana: Francistown New hospital Project

This Abbreviated Project Performance Audit Report (PPAR) reviews the Francistown New Hospital Project of the Government of the Republic of Botswana for which an ADB loan equivalent to UA 17.96 million was approved in September 1983. Other funds were provided by the Government (UA 6.98 million) and by means of a French grant (UA 6.00 million) bringing the planned total project cost to an equivalent of UA 30.94 million.

Botswana: Morupule Power Project

A pre-feasibility study, whose aim was to meet the growing power demand in medium term recommended, in March ‘1981, a master plan for the development of the Botswana electrical system up to the year 2000 and, confirming a previous pre-feasibility study, the scaled development of a complete 3 x 30 MW coal-fired power station in Morupule and the interconnection of Shashe (Northern) and Southern divisions, formerly separately operated, before further extensions. Morupule Power Project (MPP) was the first phase of a’three-staged development aiming at installation of 90 MW in 1988, 90 MW in 1990...

Botswana Nata - Maun Road Project


Botswana: Serowe - Orapa Road Project


Botswana - Rural Roads II Project - PPER

This Project Performance Evaluation Report (PPER) is concerned with the Rural Roads II Project in Botswana. In March 1987 an ADB loan No: B/CS/BSW/TR (RD)/87/013 and an ADF loan No: F/CS/BSW/TR (RD)/87/8 in amounts of UA 10.65 million and UA 7.40 million respectively were approved for the project. The first disbursement was made on 30 June 1988 and at the end of the project in March 1993 the total amount of the ADB loan had been fully disbursed. Out of the ADF loan, an amount of UA 6.74 million was disbursed, leaving a balance of UA 0.06 million which was cancelled. The loans were used to...

1999-2009 - Botswana - Evaluation of Policy Based Lending in the AfDB


Botswana - Country Assistance Evaluation 1995-2000

This Report evaluates Bank Group assistance to the Republic of Botswana since it started operational activities in that country in 1973. The report is based on materials gathered during a mission to Botswana, and a review of relevant Bank documents. The main objective of the report is to evaluate Bank Group assistance to Botswana and the strategy underlying that assistance.

Urgent measures to save elephants in Africa adopted at Bostwana summit

Over the last two decades, wildlife crime has developed into a multi-billion-dollar industry and is now considered to be the fifth largest international criminal activity after narcotics, counterfeiting, illicit trafficking of humans and oil. In September 2012, the African Development Bank attended the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Korea that called for a high-level meeting on African elephants. The Bank considers wildlife trafficking and elephant poaching as not just an environmental issue. International criminal networks run the trade,...

Southern Africa Quarterly Review and Analysis – 3rd Quarter 2013 - Issue 10

Economic activity in Southern Africa was vibrant during the 3rd quarter as the region remained on course to attain a projected annual average growth rate of 4.4 percent. In Angola strong growth in the non-oil sector continued to boost overall economic activity. Also, planned new gas and oil fields coming on stream are envisaged to drive higher growth. Botswana’s economic recovery continued with increasing activity in all sectors. The economy in Lesotho continued to show resilience, largely supported by an improved performance in diamond mining. Malawi is benefitting from improved investor...

The oldest customs union in the world hails from Africa

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) is 103 years old. Established on June 29, 1910 in Southern Africa the Customs Union Agreement (CUA) brought together the South African Union, the High Commission of Bechuanaland territories (current Botswana), Basutoland (current Lesotho) and Swaziland, then under British rule. In fact, the genesis of a customs union already existed as far back as the 19th century: a Customs Union Convention was finalized in 1889 by the Cape of Good Hope, then a British colony, and the Boer State of the Orange Republic. 1969: CUA becomes SACU The agreement...

AfDB supports SMEs in Africa with a US $12.5 Million Equity Investment in Kibo Fund II

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Friday, October 18 a US $12.5-million equity investment in the Kibo Fund II. This contribution will allow the Fund to provide access to finance and capacity building to an underserved market of outward-looking small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-market African firms, particularly in low-income and fragile states within various sectors in Africa, thereby boosting income generation and job creation. Based in Mauritius, the Kibo Fund II will be managed by Kibo Capital Partners (KCP), an indigenous Mauritian Fund...