Poverty War Pays Dividends

| April 17, 2015

The Vision 2016 coordinator, Dr Charity Kruger, says the country is doing well in its efforts to eradicate poverty.

Speaking at Vision 2016 nNorthern region validation workshop in Sowa Township on April 14, Dr Kruger said government continued to place high priority on poverty eradication, free access to basic education, health facilities, job creation and sustainable environment as well as provision of social safety nets to different vulnerable groups.

Through poverty eradication programme, she added more than 3 600 poverty eradication alleviation projects had been initiated.

About 60 per cent of the projects were operational in 2014, while over 26 000 beneficiaries were provided with poverty eradication packages across the country, she added. To date, she highlighted that there are over 9 600 income generating projects that were funded by the programme.

She nonetheless highlighted that although nationally the country was doing well in eradicating poverty, some districts however were still lacking behind in the fight, with some being below the 50 per cent rate of the fight.

The coordinator cited North East district, which has only managed to reduce poverty at the rate of 23 per cent when compared to Kgalagadi, which has reached 60 per cent.

She said the percentage was far below, a clear indication that there was still a lot of work to be done to improve the livelihoods of the people in the North East District. In addition, Dr Kruger said unemployment was a guiding factor of the national vision.

She said the formal employment had been growing at a relatively low rate, an average of 2.5 per cent since 1996, hence leaving the country far short of the jobs needed to create full employment.

With survey results indicating that unemployment rate currently stands at about 17.6 per cent, an important factor in this regard clearly shows that 61 per cent of the unemployed are aged between 15 and 29 years.

She said another challenge was that the largest sector of the economy output, the mining sector, creates relatively few jobs at four per cent, while the government creates 40 per cent of total employment in the country.

She said in order to address unemployment the government has created a wide range of policies and programmes for Batswana to use to improve their livelihoods.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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