• Indigenous peoples in Botswana

    Indigenous peoples in Botswana

    The San, the Balala, the Nama, and their sub-groups are the indigenous peoples of Botswana. Although Botswana has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the country's indigenous peoples are not recognised by the government. The indigenous peoples are among the most underprivileged in Botswana.
  • Peoples

    3.3 per cent of the population identifies as belonging to indigenous groups, but are not recognised 64,000 belong to the San peoples, while 1,750 belong to the Balala peoples, and 2,200 to the Nama peoples
  • Rights

    2007: Botswana adopts the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Current state

    Although Botswana has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the country's indigenous peoples are not recognised by the government. Also, they are among the most underprivileged peoples in Botswana.

More Information

Below you can find more information about indigenous peoples and Botswana from other sources.

Links to organisations

Below you can find links to organisations working with San issues:

Indigenous Peoples of Africa and the San People

Website with information about the San people.

www.san.org.za

IPACC - The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee

IPACC is an advocacy network of indigenous peoples organisation in Africa. IPACC has over 70 members around the continent.

www.ipacc.org.za

SASI – South African San Institute

SASI is an independent, Non-Governmental Organisation that mobilises resources for the benefit of the San peoples of southern Africa as mandated by the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA) and other San organisations.

http://www.sasi.org.za/

FPK – The First People of the Kalahari

FPK is a San organisation based in Ghanzi working for the recognition of the rights of the San. It does not at this time have a Web page but can be reached at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights

DITSHWANELO is a locally based advocacy organisation, which was founded in 1993 and which plays a key role in the protection and promotion of human rights in Botswana society.

www.ditshwanelo.org.bw

About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

Contact IWGIA

Prinsessegade 29 B, 3rd floor
DK 1422 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
CVR: 81294410

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