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Can Botswana’s democracy carry spirit of the Kalahari?

Botswana has long been hailed as a ‘miracle’ of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. In the last ten years however, this gilded reputation earned during 1970’s and 1980’s which reflected high economic growth levels and political stability, has lost much of its lustre. This apparent shift and recent developments seem to support claims of increasing centralisation of authority of the President, corruption, cronyism, misuse of state funds during elections in favour of the ruling party, and crackdowns on dissenting opposition politicians and journalists.

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Making Education Safe for Women and Girls in Africa

A certain politician in Botswana had sexually abused an underage girl and was considering paying the girl’s poor mother to keep her quiet


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Botswana’s Diamond Deception

Since its independence from Britain in 1966, Botswana has been hailed as Africa’s model nation, a “political diamond.” The country, which is the size of France but with only about 2 million residents, is stable—its democratic elections so peaceful and predictable they’ve garnered an enviable epithet, “boring.” Fifty years ago, Botswana was one of the world’s 10 poorest nations; now it’s considered a middle-income country.

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