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Gaborone, Botswana: the Ministry of Local Government hosted a high level consultative workshop to solicit stakeholder input on the evaluation report of the public works programme Ipelegeng.  Ipelegeng is a self-selecting programme initiated in 2008 that targets the able bodied poor.  The objective of the programme is to “provide relief while at the same time providing essential development projects that have been prioritised in the normal development planning process”.

                       Stakeholder consultative workshop

The workshop was officially opened by the Minister of Local Government, Hon. Peter Siele.  In his opening remarks the Minister acknowledged the confusion around the programme’s dual objectives of relief and poverty eradication.

Funded by UNICEF Botswana and conducted by the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) the evaluation was initiated in September 2011, and included consultations with beneficiaries and key informants.  The objective of the evaluation of Ipelegeng was to ascertain the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the programme.

Stakeholders reviewed the programme objectives and institutional issues. All but one of the 18 recommendations emanating from the evaluation was endorsed.  Consensus reached highlighted the fact that the programme is relevant and has provided relief to beneficiaries, and does complement the poverty eradication programme. The recommendations will be submitted to Cabinet for consideration in the near future.




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