Donor Assistance and Democracy in Botswana

  title={Donor Assistance and Democracy in Botswana},
  author={Kebapetse Lotshwao},
  journal={International Political Economy: Globalization eJournal},
  • Kebapetse Lotshwao
  • Published 17 September 2014
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • International Political Economy: Globalization eJournal
Over the years, Botswana has been a recipient of democracy assistance, which is a special type of foreign aid that attempts to strengthen democracy and governance. The electoral commission and political parties are some of the recipients of this form of assistance, which has focused exclusively on strengthening procedural democracy. In the case of the electoral commission, the priority of donors has been to enhance the commission’s ability to conduct and supervise elections. Similarly, donor… 


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