Botswana: North East District Council


Date: May 31, 2018
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The gender champion for North East District Council is Hon Mpetsane, who is also the chairperson of the council and the gender focal person is Rosinah Maoba. Women make 60% of the overall staff of the council and 52 % of the management staff.

Gender Policy

North East District Council has a gender action plan that was updated in April 2017 to include the SDGs and the SADC Gender Protocol. The action plan has been presented to the council management is under implementation.

Governance

The council has 19 personnel in management and women make up 52% of them. The economic department of the council is made up wholly of women while 75% of the treasury is made up of women and headed by a woman. The head of the Audit Department is a woman as well as the Chief Physical Planner and the Senior Architect of the council. The council has among men, one heavy duty vehicle driver.

Workplace Policy and Practice

The council has a feeding hour policy for lactating mothers as well as flexi time policy for female employees with children under the age of 5. The council gave a P30 000 grant to CBO/NGO centers to encourage their sustainability and operates a day care center in Masunga which caters for the community and council staff at affordable rates.

Projects from North East Districts council

Local Economic Development

The council has 24 newly built market stalls at Jackalas No.1 village .It resolved to award 6 of the stalls to vulnerable groups i.e. 2 young people, 2 beneficiaries of PEP, 2 People living with disability. 12 stalls were awarded to women who had been vending from shacks and the 6 stalls left, were publicly advertised. The council has thus far provided funding, training and monitoring for 2 rehabilitation projects , 12 community projects and 227 poverty eradication projects. In the year 2017/2018 97% of the beneficiaries of the poverty eradication programme were women. The council has an affirmative action policy that requires that 35% of all quotations given out by council be awarded to vulnerable groups (Women , Youth and PLWD).


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