Policy & History

The United States considers Botswana an excellent partner and an advocate of and model for stability in Africa. In its 50 years since independence, Botswana has consistently maintained a democratic government, responsibly managed its natural resources, and invested in its people and infrastructure. The bilateral relationship is strong and grounded in a shared commitment to democracy, good governance, and human rights.

The United States and Botswana also share an interest in ensuring the sustainability of Botswana’s success by deepening economic diversification and promoting regional economic growth and development. Top priorities for U.S. involvement in Botswana include: our shared commitment to combating HIV and AIDS; youth outreach; support for the country’s economic diversification; cooperation with the Botswana Defense Force – one of the most professional militaries on the continent – and support for Botswana’s conservation strategy, particularly its efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.