Social Work & Social Development in Botswana


Issues, Challenges & Prospects

Edited by Rodreck Mupedziswa, Gloria Jacques and Lengwe-Katembula Mwansa

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This book highlights the many positive developments that have occurred in Botswana on the socio-economic front since independence in 1966. Over the years, the state has demonstrated considerable commitment to prudent macro-economic management and stable governance. This, together with wise stewardship from the leadership, has resulted in strong economic growth and evidence of its being one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. This has, inevitably, also created a variety of interrelated social ills and associated challenges which have brought about a far-reaching transformation of the country’s socio-cultural structures. In response, government, in the context of the Vision 2016 national policy, has made significant strides in addressing issues pertaining to social development in the country. The social work profession has played a critical role in these endeavours. The book considers the various target groups and relevant programmes and initiatives addressing their concerns. Specific issues are covered in an attempt to present an holistic overview of areas of particular concern. These include poverty, community development, counselling, social protection initiatives, child welfare, disaster risk management, the plight of minority groups (including commercial sex workers), female-headed households, and parenting challenges. While content has focused on the needs of students of social work and social development there is no reason why those from cognate disciplines, such as development studies, sociology, and psychology, cannot benefit from the book. Practitioners working with government and nongovernmental and community based organisations will find it invaluable. The same is true of visiting scholars requiring insight into social work and social development in the context of Botswana.

Foreword p.1
By Prof. Kwaku Osei-Hwedie

Preface p.3
By Rodreck Mupedziswa

Chapter 1: Introduction: Social Welfare in Botswana: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow p.7
By Rodreck Mupedziswa & Dolly Ntseane

Chapter 2: Social Work in Botswana: The Struggles of a Nascent Profession p.28
By Taolo Lucas

Chapter 3: Social Welfare Provision and Vulnerability Reduction in Botswana p.54
By Keitseope Nthomang; Tumani Malinga-Musamba & Kefentse Kubanga

Chapter 4: History of Social Protection in Botswana: Towards Self-Efficacy for All p.81
By Dolly Ntseane

Chapter 5: Child Welfare in Botswana p.100
By Tapologo Maundeni

Chapter 6: Community Development in Botswana p.123
By Morena J. Rankopo & Lengwe-Katembula Mwansa

Chapter 7: Health Fortunes of Botswana: Issues of Sustainability p.146
By Lengwe-Katembula Mwansa, Morena J. Rankopo & Odireleng Jankey

Chapter 8: Clinical Social Workers and Counselling Services in Botswana p.166
By Odireleng Jankey

Chapter 9: Gender and Development in Botswana p.179
By Tapologo Maundeni, Taolo Lucas & Refilwe Sinkamba

Chapter 10: Female Commercial Sex Workers in Botswana and Beyond: Behind the Looking Glass of HIV and AIDS? p.196
By Gloria Jacques

Chapter 11: Female Sex Workers as Key Populations in the HIV&AIDS Epidemic in Botswana: Impl. for Social Work Practice p.217
By Tirelo Modie-Moroka and Pelonomi Letshwiti-Macheng

Chapter 12: Social Work and Disaster Risk Reduction in Botswana p.238
By Kgosiestsile Maripe

Chapter 13: Poverty Amongst Female-Headed Households in Botswana: A Theoretical Exposition p.258
By Lengwe-Katumbula Mwansa & Gwen N. Lesetedi

Chapter 14: Parenting and Parenting Practices Among Contemporary Families in Botswana: Does Government Policy Matter? p.274
By Poloko. N. Ntshwarang

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