Poverty remains high in rural areas - UNDP Chief

Some people still can't afford decent housing
Some people still can't afford decent housing

United Nations Development (UNDP) Chief Helen Clark says Botswana’s poverty remains entrenched in rural areas, which is home to the country’s highest population.

During her visit to the country last week, during which she also attended the just ended Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Clark, said despite the country having made enormous progress in reducing poverty, slashing it from 50 percent from 40 years ago to 19 percent, the situation in rural areas remains a challenge.

“The country’s progress has transformed living standards for many, with poverty rates declining over the past 40 years from 50% to around 19% today. However pockets of poverty remain particularly in rural areas,” she said.

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