Botswana learns from MDGs

| September 20, 2015

As the country is transitioning towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Millennium Development Goals, Botswana has learnt a lot from the latter.

Director for population and development coordination, Ms Lesego Chalashika said at the Botswana Coalition on Sustainable Development Goals stakeholder meeting that with regards to the MDGs, they have learnt the significance of setting goals and coming up with targets and indicators to guide developments.

She said the country has achieved a lot on the MDGs that measured success, most of which were health related such as goals one, two, three, seven, eight most of which measure access.

She said there has been a challenge on goals that measure output/outcome such as goals four, five and six.

She said they have also learnt that with regards to eradication of extreme poverty, there were regional variations, but most improved districts were Orapa, Chobe, Kgalagadi South and Jwaneng.

She also said MDGs showed that poverty remains highest in rural areas at 24 per cent, but noted that those most hard hit areas have experienced poverty reduction of 45.7 per cent.

Meanwhile UN represantative in Botswana, Mr Anders Pederson said this year was a special year for development as countries will on September this year adopt a set of global goals set, of which member states will decide on the 17 goals set. He said Batswana should start knowing the SDGs agenda and their relevance to everyday lives, hence collaborations should be done for them the SDGs to reach ordinary citizens.

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