Does democracy work for the San in Botswana?

The video offers insight into the issues faced by the San in Botswana and introduces the Khwedom Council.

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Senior Programme Officer: Indigenous Peoples Rights

September 2nd, 2015

In 2015, the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Programme at OSISA provided funding to Democracy Works to conduct a scoping mission to Botswana.  It aimed to analyse the state of Botswana’s democracy through the lens of its treatment of the San people, as the most marginalised people in the country.  It sought to strengthen the long term participatory and democratic capacity of minority groups by analysing whether or not Botswana’s democracy is working for the San and  focussed attention on the struggles this particular indigenous group face.

The video is the first of a series of films produced under this project; it offers insight into the issues faced by the San in Botswana and introduces the Khwedom Council, the main advocacy organisation for the San in Botswana. The interviewee, Xuxuri Xuxuri, one of the few young San people to graduate from a tertiary education institution is a leading figure in the regional San movement. Xuxuri has been a beneficiary of our efforts to build leadership and provide exposure to promising young San activists  internationally in forums such as the UNPFII and Indigenous Youth Leadership initiative.

About the author(s)

Delme is the Indigenous Peoples Rights Senior Programme Officer. Delme was the APM in OSISA’s HIV programme from 2006-2010. Prior to joining OSISA, he was the Coordinator of the AIDS Law Unit of the Legal Assistance Centre, a public interest law centre based in Namibia. Delme was active in the international HIV Treatment Access movement, was a founding trustee of the AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, a founding member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, the Pan African Treatment Access Movement and the Collaborative Fund for HIV. Delme holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town, and obtained a bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of the Western Cape.


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