Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM): Botswana - Development in Southern Africa

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An African success story, Botswana is endowed with rich mineral resources, including diamonds, and has benefited from uninterrupted and effective civilian leadership since independence in 1966.  Its government has negotiated contracts with multina... read more

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It was the best experience I ever had, and it taught me a lot about myself, others, and American's in general. - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review

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An African success story, Botswana is endowed with rich mineral resources, including diamonds, and has benefited from uninterrupted and effective civilian leadership since independence in 1966.  Its government has negotiated contracts with multinational corporations such as DeBeers, which stand in stark contrast to the exploitation of African resources during much of the colonial era.  The returns from its mineral wealth, augmented with income from tourism, cattle ranching, and financial services, have been invested in education and various social services.  As a leader in SADC (Southern African Development Community), Botswana has played a leading role in the region since the 1980s, from the time that South Africa was still under apartheid, and more recently in negotiations with Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.  Although, like many other countries in Africa, it has had to confront the problem of HIV/AIDS and the resulting social disruptions, Botswana demonstrates that progressive social policies can mitigate some of the effects of the disease.  Botswana thus provides both a healthy antidote to the negative characterizations of Africa often found in American media and a rich array of possible solutions to the various crises of the third world.

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