Civil society dialogue
The Cotonou Agreement provides for a deepened partnership with civil society. Non State Actors are important partners in development policy and implementation. The European Union works closely with government to promote pro-poor development strategies, and an essential complement to that work is action at local level with Non-State Actors to identify and respond to development needs.
The main beneficiaries of the programme are the Non-State Actors in Botswana, and the purpose is to enable them to engage more effectively with government and donor agencies in development processes. The programme will respond to the needs of the population, including the marginalized and disadvantaged sections such as remote area dwellers, female headed households and ethnic minorities.
The European Union is also engaged in dialogue with Civil Society and the Government of Botswana on Human Rights issues. A strategy for Human Rights Defenders is being developed between the parties.