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Botswana’s civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are mainly development-focused.

A series of NGOs are actively involved in HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, treatment and testing programmes. Examples include such prominent bodies as the Botswana Network of AIDS Service Organisations, Botswana Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS and Humana People to People. Similarly, there are numerous and influential NGOs focusing on gender and development issues such as the Botswana Council of Women, Women’s NGO Coalition, and Women Against Rape.

The Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO), a leading voice in Botswana’s civil society, is the national umbrella body for NGOs. It assists in establishing an enabling environment for the NGO sector to become a recognised partner in governance and the development process. To ensure transparency and accountability among Botswana-based NGOs, BOCONGO has set out an NGO code of conduct.

NGOs wanting to become recognised by the government can register with the Registrar of Societies in Gaborone.

Around a third of Botswana’s total employed workforce make up the country’s trade union membership. Many of the trade unions are a part of the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions.