Old Ways or New? Same or Different?

The obvious precedent for the new ESP is, I presume, the old ARDP - the Accelerated Rural Development Programme of the early/mid 1970s.

Different words for more or less the same thing i.e. Accelerated/Stimulus, Rural/Economic and Programme/Package. The government’s preference for the word ‘economic’ instead of ‘rural’ is worth chewing on. ARDP is, of course, long forgotten by today’s planners which is a pity because much might have been learnt from its undoubted successes. The two crash development programmes have/had a shared objective - get a stagnant economy moving – both leaning  heavily on employment creation via the construction of classrooms, teachers’ houses and clinics. ARDP was led with great capability by James Leach and Peter Molosi in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and pushed forward with enormous drive by Brian Egner in Local Government. 

Egner demanded results from his new cadre of volunteer District Development Officers, refusing to listen to descriptions of all the difficulties they encountered. But that kind of leadership is rare. But then the situation in the 1970s was different.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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