Child Aid works to empower and organise every child and family to take matters into its own hands and take action as a community to improve the lot of the children”
The idea of community development is crucial in Botswana. The country has a fast growing economy, but ensuring that this benefits the whole population in the long term is a huge challenge.
Though Botswana is prone to drought, 70% of rural households depend on agriculture for employment and subsistence. Climate change and environmental degradation are potent risks to the livelihoods of many Batswana in rural areas. Eradicating poverty is arguably the defining priority of the current government. The commitment, as per Vision 2016, is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2016. Inequality, though high and certain to slow down the rate of poverty reduction, does not feature prominently in public policy discourse. In the 20th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Child Aid is still one of the contributors to making those rights come true.