Corruption Risks and Vulnerabilities in Botswana's Key Institutions and Processes

The fight against corruption in Botswana has not been without pitfalls and drawbacks. One of these has been that some of Botswana's institutions and guiding processes have unintentionally provided loopholes for corruption to take root. These include the overbearing presence of the country's executive arm of government, over the anti-corruption agencies and also the lack of stringent anti-corruption policies in government operations. To counter this, government will have to commit more to the anti-corruption fight, such as with inacting and implementing an effective asset declaration and disclosure law among others.

The Role of the Private Sector in Fighting Corruption

The private sector has played a prominent role in Botswana’s development and economic growth. Due to Botswana’s overinflated public sector, the private sector has often depended solely on government expenditure, procurement and tender systems for their own profit generation and survival. As a result, it has become almost impossible to examine corruption in Botswana without the involvement of private sector players. Vulnerabilities and risks to Botswana’s key institutions and processes are exacerbated by the unguarded infiltration of private economic interests into the public sector through political patronage. There is also a deteriorating culture of compliance amongst private sector operators due to lack of strong ethics and values that govern their anti-corruption practices.

Strong Institutions: A key Component to Helping People Rise

Strong and effective institutions are an integral part of the service delivery of any government. The effectiveness of these institutions is however not something that is a by product or happens by chance; governments need to be intentional about strengthening them and must be clear about their mandates. Coordination, data capability, implementation and quality of bureaucracy are four indicators of strong institutions that have been put forward.

Youth in the Fight Against Corruption

Botswana youth's participation in politics and gneral issues of governance is quite low de spite the fact that the youth population is the majority. A trickle down effect of this apathy towards political participation is a lack of involvement in anti-corruption efforts. The absence of such a large part of the society frustrates the fight against corruption and denies anti-corruption initiatives the youth voice which could ensure their sustainability, considering that the youth are the future leaders of Botswana. It is imperative that the youth take up the fight against corruption, to ensure that their voice is heard and they have a role in shaping the Botswana of tomorrow that they envision.

2021 Parliamentary Bills Repprt

A summary of the motions debated in Botswana's National Assembly in the year 2021. There is also discussion where necessary, of the history of certain Acts as per enactment and amendments as the case may be.

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