• 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.

IWGIA's Activities in Botswana

In 1992, when the idea of having a San advocacy organisation was being formulated, John Hardbattle approached IWGIA for support.

IWGIA provided a small seed grant to FPK in 1993 and the first major IWGIA project grant was given shortly thereafter (1993-1996: 'First People of the Kalahari: Creation of the First Bushman or N|oawke Organisation').

This was followed by a bridging phase grant (July – September, 1977) and a second project grant, entitled 'Recognition of the Bushmen's Land Rights, Human Rights, and Cultural Rights in Botswana'. This project was supposed to last from 1997-2000 but was extended twice, to be finally closed in March, 2002.

IWGIA continued to fund the legal work implemented by FPK in relation to CKGR in 2002. In 2003-2004 IWGIA funded together with other donor agencies the Central Kalahari Game Reserve Coalition and the CKGR court case.

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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