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Assessment of Development Results - Botswana

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The UNDP Assessment of Development Results (ADR) in Botswana covers the period from 2003 to 2008 and includes the period of the current United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNDP country programme. It focuses on effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, which refer to the assessment of development results and programme-level analysis, as well as on relevance, responsiveness, equity and partnerships, which relate to strategic positioning and analysis at a strategic level. The UN contribution to the development of Botswana has a long history. The current priority areas of action are: achieving the MDGs and reducing human poverty; energy and environment for sustainable development; and responding to HIV/AIDS.

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Cross-cutting issues

The 2003-2007 UNDP programme support to GoB had many cross-cutting issues (governance, institutional capacity building, human resource development, human rights, youth, education, health, gender, population issues, and information communication technology). The challenge with having several cross-cutting issues is that the greater the number of these issues, the less likely it is that they will be given special attention. The other challenge is that once an issue is designated as a cross-cutting issue, there is a tendency to pay little attention to the issue. Some cross-cutting issues, such as education and health, are less of cross-cutting issues and more of stand-alone sectors in their own right. If there is no special strategy to ensure that cross-cutting issues are carefully addressed and monitored, they tend to be ignored. For example, while gender equality, equity and women’s empowerment are critical components for effective development, the design of the programme implementation lacked a clear strategy for ensuring that gender issues were adequately addressed across all practice areas.

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