Knowledge Note

Botswana gained independence in 1966 and has transitioned from one of the world’s poorest nations to one of the fast growing economies in the world, enjoying a growth rate averaging 13 percent, largely due to diamond mining. Botswana’s steady economic growth has enabled improvements to infrastructure, health, and education programs.1 Health facilities are located within 8 to 15 kilometers of all Batswana and 98 percent of the population has access to safe drinking water