n AfricaGrowth Agenda - Labour based public works in Botswana : review of Ipelegeng

Volume 2010, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


The labour based public works programme is one of Botswana's anti poverty initiatives aimed at providing short term employment opportunities to the poor, unskilled section of the population. Despite the remarkable economic achievements of the country over the last four decades, a large percentage of the population remains poor, with limited access to employment opportunities compared to countries of similar economic status. Driven in large by diamond revenue expenditures, the economy of Botswana grew at an average positive growth rate of more than 8 percent per annum over the last four decades, with per capita income estimated at more than US$6,000 (current market prices) as at end of 2009 (Bank of Botswana 2009).

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