is a landlocked, politically stable, democratic and growing steady economically.
It gained its independence from the British in September 1966 and in the subsequent
years gained a distinction for the fastest growth in per capita income in the world.
This led to the country being upgraded to an Upper Middle Income Country (UMIC)
in 2007. Together with the support of aid from the British government and aid from
other countries after independence, the discovery of diamonds in 1967 also contributed
significantly to the country’s economic growth rate. The country’s performance has
consistently reflected good governance, political stability and leadership committed
to strong institutions and development over the years. This study is to determine
if there has been a change between the government of Botswana and its development
partners since its upgrading. The results of the study indicated that the relationship
between Botswana and the United Nations (UN) as one of the development partners
has not changed significantly since Botswana’s upgrading to an Upper Middle-Income
Country. It however emerged that the level of financial and human resource assistance
has tapered down significantly. The study revealed that there is significant confidence
in Botswana’s ability to attain its National Development Agenda despite the inability
to clearly articulate its new priorities as an Upper Middle Income Country. It was
recommended that Botswana align its development priorities to its new status as
a UMIC status and initiate platforms and forums to clearly communicate these priorities.
This will assist in the transformation of the relationship to a more mature collaborative
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