* Quality Assured Data from SGP’s Annual Monitoring Process as of June 30, 2021.
Water Conservation - Every Drop Counts
The water profile of Botswana consists of a sparse human population subsisting on arid to
semi-arid land. As a landlocked country, Botswana lies in the center of Southern Africa
surrounded by Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. As a result, all the river
basins from which Botswana imports its water (Okavango, Zambezi, Orange-Senqu and
Shashe-Limpopo) are shared sources. Because water is scarce in Africa, including
Botswana, trans-boundary water management is an increasingly important issue.
Because access to safe water is very high in Botswana, the idea of conservation may
not seem important to all Batswana. However, there are many factors acting as stressors
on Botswana’s water system. Firstly, the formal policy framework on water in Botswana
does not cover Trans-boundary water management, and the Botswana National Water
Master Plan (NWMP) is in need of updating, as it is over 20 years old. Second, Botswana
is susceptible to droughts due to lack of rain, and a lack of policy on shared water sources
has the potential to aggravate drought conditions. Finally, future subsidy cuts by the
government threaten to drive the price of water up for Batswana families. Although action
to create change is required in the political sphere, we at Ghetto Artists believe that
change can be made through more creative ways as well.
Therefore, Ghetto Artists would like to implement a program that will educate the
youth about the significance of Water Resource and Sanitation Management. This
program will use performing arts as a way to increase awareness and capture the attention
of Batswana youth. The campaign will focus on challenges in the water sector and ways of
overcoming them as well as education and adopting the Youth Africa Water and Sanitation
Strategy (developed in 2012). Youth are recognized as key actors in the future stability of
international water policies and water conservation, and so the program will be
implemented through schools in rural areas surrounding Francistown.
In alignment with the SGP/SEF Country Programme Strategy for Botswana, Section
7.2 talks about the aspiration to work more closely with the Government of Botswana and
notable ministries such as the Department of Youth, Department of Arts and Culture and
The Ministry of Mineral, Energy and Water Resources. Ghetto Artists has existing
partnerships with these departments, and will be reaching out to them for support of this
project. We believe that thorough the dissemination of information to the youth of
Botswana, more people will start talking about water issues and what the Government can
do to help.
 
Loading map...

Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Ghetto Artists Organisation
Country:
Botswana
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 44,606.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 95,689.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 2,033.00
Project Number:
BOT/SGP/OP5/STAR/IW/13/13
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
As our target audience is the youth in schools, this project is equally targeted to both genders. The artists at Ghetto Artists are evenly split between men and women, though there is strong female leadership on the management side of the organization. Ghetto Artists is committed to considering the unique needs of both men and women, and recognize the importance of the arts in the lives of all people. However, by using theater and performance as a medium, we recognize that young girls may feel a stronger affinity towards the project. In this way we are hoping to give girls a voice, and teach them that although men may often try to overpower the opinion of a women – in theatre, everyone’s voices are heard, and everyone’s voices are equal. We think this is a very positive message for girls and will actively contribute to the benefits of this project.
Notable Community Participation
Our project puts the youth of Botswana directly in a participatory role. By receiving training from our artists, the students will be actively contributing to the project. By running a public competition with the students, we hope to engage not only those directly involved, but also the families of the children and entire communities. We will work closely with the schools and host communities to organize the project. This means they will have a role in planning venues for the competition, helping us design the instructional lessons and giving continuous feedback. During the project and once it’s complete, our monitoring and evaluation process will give the community the opportunity to speak, and we will seriously consider any advice and feedback given to us.