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Policy Guidelines for Financial Support for Women NGOs

The Women’s Affairs Department is mandated to facilitate mainstreaming of Gender Issues in the development process.

In the past decade, Women’s Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations and Groups have been active players in the social and economic development of Botswana.  Following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, the need to empower women for their advancement in all spheres of development was identified.  The need for sufficient financial and human resources for the advancement of women was said to be a major priority.

As a way of empowering women’s NGOs, CBOs and Groups, the Government of Botswana allocates funds to the Women’s Affairs Department annually in order to assist the organisations.

The Department offers assistance to women organisations and groups that are promoting gender issues particularly on the areas of concern which were adopted by Botswana Government during the 1995 UN World Conference in Beijing. Thus;

  • Women and Poverty, including Economic Empowerment
  • Women in Power and Decision-Making
  • Education and Training of  Women
  • Women and Health
  • Violence Against Women, including women’s Human rights
  • The Girl-child

Consequently, it has become necessary to have a framework for the relationship between the Women’s Affairs Department and its beneficiaries, under which Government will continue to provide financial support to women’s NGO’s, CBO’s and Groups.

The “Policy Guidelines for Financial Support to the Women NGOs, CBOs and Groups, therefore, seek to strengthen administrative procedures in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the Department’s support to the Women NGOs, CBOs and Groups