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PROJECTS: LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

365 DAYS OF LOCAL ACTION TO END VIOLENCE AND

BOTSWANA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND GENDER JUSTICE SUMMIT AND AWARDS DATE: 23-25 APRIL 2012 VENUE: KOPANO HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

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HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT IDENTIFYING THIS PROBLEM?


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High Dependency on Government hand-outs as 2151 women and 987 men registered as destitute persons, 1504 needy students Higher Gender Based Violence of 70% prevalence among women. Women have higher HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 20.4% & men 14.2% Initiated in 1993 by women to utilize their basket weaving skills and indigenous knowledge

HIV/AIDS impact Survey

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IS THIS ISSUE IMPORTANT?


Calls for economy diversification and mutual sustainable livelihoods. High poverty rates - takes away ones dignity. High Unemployment rates: women at 21.4% compared to 14.5% for men. Women being vulnerable to effects hence need for empowerment Under developed with little attraction on investorsabundant in natural resources Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Policy of 2007 gives rights to utilization of natural resources sustainably

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Poverty indicators Survey

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HOW ARE YOU GOING ABOUT ADDRESSING THI S PROBLEM?


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A joint workshop for community mobilization & capacity building: Cooperatives, Forestry & range resources, University of Botswana- BiOkavango Cooperatives- Officially registered as Multipurpose Cooperative on 15/03/2010 North West District Council- Oversee, mentor, market & monitory University of BotswanaBiOkavango: financial support.
Southern African Regional Environmental Programme (SAREP)- capacity building District Multi sectoral HIV/AIDS Committee Women Against Rape: 16 Days of Activism on Violence against women & children Women Affairs Department: Capacity building Village Development Committee & village Extension teamtechnical advisors

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WHAT IS THE TIME-FRAME FOR THE PROJECT?


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Life long project

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Awarded yearly license by the North West District Council

One of our display

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WHO IS THE KEY TARGET? WHO IS INVOLVED? ARE WOMEN AND MEN EQUALLY INVOLVED?
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All Shorobe and Matsaudi women
Involves all community members Total of 45 members- 40 women and 5 men.

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Tourists (Indirectly)
Woman at work

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PARTNERSHIPS FORMED THROUGH THE PROJECT


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Cooperatives Department North West District Council University of BotswanaBiOkavango project Women Affairs Department Forestry and range resources department Southern African Regional Environmental Programme (SAREP)

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Abundant resources

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RESOURCEFULNESS: WHAT FINANCIAL, HUMAN AND OTHER RESOURCES WERE MOBILISED?


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European Development Funds with Republic of Botswana and Conservation International NGO in 1996 funded physical constrution and capacity building (P68132.00), Local community contribution P23720.00. Quarterly & Anuual General Meetings with all stakeholders Department of Cooperative & UB-BiOkavango project facilitated a joint workshop

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One of our partners during a workshop

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CREATIVITY: ARE YOU USING ARTS, CULTURE, MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO POPULARISE THE ISSUES?
The project shelter is on gateway to Okavango Delta, Moremi & Chobe National parks Project has a brochure given to hotels, lodges, tour operators Participated on market Day & mini show organised annually by the Council Attend annual exhibitions Trade fair Botswana Tourism Organization office marketing this cooperative through monthly magazine & Botswana Television

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Press briefing on the project

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MONITORING AND EVALUATION


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Annual audit by the Cooperatives Department Annual General Meeting Quarterly reports 8 member executive committee for daily monitoring Social welfare & community development officer oversees, supervises, mentors project

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Our sales person

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WHAT RESULTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED?


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Income generation for basic needs Sustainable use of natural resources High quality products Won awards-(9th & 12th national womens expositions) Empowered women with power & control over their project Empowered with business management skill

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IMPACT (BASED ON THE SADC PROTOCOL TARGETS)


Inline with Articles 15-19

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SADC protocol on Gender Based Violnce: economic empowerment of both women and men to ensure social justice, inclusion , equality & equity.

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SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICATION


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Community members with basket weaving skills issued certificate by Botswana Traning Authority Knowledge to be passed down to schools as Government plans to enroll basket skill development at primary level A field for replacement of harvested resources It is a multipurpose cooperative project

Joinig fee and annual renewal of membership with P50.00 Contribution of 50% of individual sales to the project

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LESSONS LEARNED
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If women are empowered with self reliance skills they reduce dependency syndrome Importance for emphasis on business management training Need for first aid training

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THANK YOU ANY QUESTIONS

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