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Located in southern Africa, Botswana is a large, mineral rich, yet sparsely populated, semi-arid and land-locked country of 560,877 sq. km in size. Botswana gained independence from Britain in 1966. The population was estimated to be 2.3 million people in 2019. Botswana is widely regarded as an economic and social success story. However, levels of unemployment and social inequality remain high, as economic benefits and resource rich land are inequitably distributed.
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The forced eviction of Botswana's indigenous people

10 January 2023

In December, Botswana’s Court of Appeal denied a Bushmen family the right to bury their elder, Pitseng Gaoberekwe, on his ancestral land in the Kalahari Desert, from which the community has been evicted to make way for the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). Gaoberekwe died in December 2021 but…

Land Galore In North West

2 January 2022

Please apply for plot allocation – Tawana Landboard chair OPTIMISTIC: Emmanuel Dube     Tawana Landboard reforms promises a good year ahead for Ngamiland people especially farmers and those looking forward to be allocated land both for residential and commercial purposes. “People are encouraged…

Village elder Ncgabe Taase sitting in her backyard. Credits: Terjo Aaltonen, Location: D’Kar, Botswana.

Botswana’s San culture perseveres despite pressure from the outside world

5 July 2021

The San can be considered as one of the earliest inhabitants of Southern Africa. Much like in the rest of Southern Africa, the San of Botswana have consistently been marginalized, negated, and relegated to the margins of society. The San, the Nama, the Balala and their subgroups are the indigenous…



Botswana has a reputation as a stable democracy with a strong, if heavily mineral dependent economy.