Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Working age group

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To serve as a poverty alleviation instrument in the country’s urban and rural areas.

References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Start date
2008
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>. UNICEF. 2012. Final Report for the Review of Ipelegeng Programme. New York: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unicef.org/evaluation/files/Botswana_2012-004_Final_Ipelegeng.pdf>.
Previous programme name (if any)
Ipelegeng replaced previous drought relief ‘food-for-work’ programmes.
Coverage
55,000 beneficiaries (2012/2013).
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Programme expenditure
0.3 per cent of GDP (2012/2013).
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Self-Targeting
Where there is excess demand, a lottery is used to select the beneficiaries.
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Both urban and rural areas.
References
Republic of Botswana. 2012. Revised Guidelines for Implementation of the Ipelegeng Programme - 2012. Gaborone: Republic of Botswana, Ministry of Local Government, Department of Local Government Development Planning. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://1govportal.imexsystems.net/en-gb/Documents/Ministry%20of%20Local%20Government%20and%20Rural%20Development/Revised%20Ipelegeng%20Guidelines.pdf>.
Target groups
Working-age people
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Eligibility criteria
All people 18 years and older who have their Omang (national identity card) may apply for work.
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Beneficiaries need to reapply every month for work. In case of excess demand, those who did not work the previous month have priority.
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash; food.
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Amount of benefits
BWP480 for each six-hour work period for 20 or 22 working days; supervisors receive BWP560 per month. From 2012/13 onwards, a daily meal is also supplied at a cost of BWP5, which adds another BWP100 to the monthly pay, amounting to BWP580 per month (USD76.30).
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly.
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
20 to 22 working days per month.
References
Tesliuc, C. et al. 2013. “Botswana: Social Protection.” Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper - Africa Social Safety Net and Social Protection Assessment Series, No. 1405. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/18968/890030NWP0P132085260B00PUBLIC001405.pdf>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Local authorities produce reports on the programme’s monthly implementation progress. The latest evaluation of the programme was carried out by UNICEF in 2012.
References
UNICEF. 2012. Final Report for the Review of Ipelegeng Programme. New York: UNICEF. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.unicef.org/evaluation/files/Botswana_2012-004_Final_Ipelegeng.pdf>. Republic of Botswana. 2012. Revised Guidelines for Implementation of the Ipelegeng Programme - 2012. Gaborone: Republic of Botswana, Ministry of Local Government, Department of Local Government Development Planning. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://1govportal.imexsystems.net/en-gb/Documents/Ministry%20of%20Local%20Government%20and%20Rural%20Development/Revised%20Ipelegeng%20Guidelines.pdf>.