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REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA SOCIAL POLICIES FOR THE LIFE COURSE: SOCIAL TRANSFERS. BOTSWANA CASE Presented by: Papadi Evelyn Nguvauva Deputy Commissioner – Social Benefits 10 – 14 OCTOBER 2010 JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA. INTRODUCTION. Country Profile: Population – (2001): 1 680 862

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REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA

SOCIAL POLICIES FOR THE LIFE COURSE: SOCIAL TRANSFERS

BOTSWANA CASE

Presented by: Papadi Evelyn Nguvauva

Deputy Commissioner – Social Benefits

10 – 14 OCTOBER 2010

JOHANNESBURG

SOUTH AFRICA


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INTRODUCTION

Country Profile:

  • Population – (2001): 1 680 862

  • 2010 projections: 1800 098

  • Male: 885 902

  • Female: 925 066

    Adult Literacy Rate: 81.2%

    Poverty Rate: 23%


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Social Safety Nets Programmes implemented by Ministry of Local Government

Source: DSS Monthly statistics


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Cash Transfer programmes Local Government


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Programmes Successes Local Government

  • School feeding programme has increased the attendance rate

  • Financial security for old age pensioners

  • Reduced stigma to OVC

  • Food security

  • Provision of shelter to the needy


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Challenges on the programmes Local Government

  • No linkages with other programmes, some benefit more than once (e.g. an orphan staying with a destitute grandparent)

  • There is no single register for all the claim holders of different programmes (programmes scattered in different Ministries)

  • Cases of abuse of the benefits are reported (especially for the OVC) by the caregivers

  • Separation of siblings by relatives so as to benefit from the programme

  • Temporary Destitute persons not willing to graduate from the programme and engage in income generating programmes

  • Lack of an over arching policy for all the safety net programmes


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Lessons Learnt Local Government

  • Need to move to cash transfers rather than food basket so as to give claim holders the chance to use the cash in other beneficial activities within the household

  • The universal coverage does not bring stigma against the beneficiaries

  • Need to determine the impact of these programmes at household and individual levels

  • Non targeting for Orphans and OAP – brings issue of sustainability

  • There is need for a ministry of Social Development to coordinate all the safety net programmes.