From Humble Beginning to Prosperity: Processes and Successes of Building Resilient Communities (Etsha Villages) Botswana Christian Council

From Humble Beginning to Prosperity: Processes and Successes of Building Resilient Communities (Etsha Villages) Botswana Christian Council

Dama Mosweunyane (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Cheneso Bolden Montsho (University of Botswana, Botswana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8568-0.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter examines the role that the Botswana Christian council served to empower the marginalised population of Etsha villages. A distinctive feature of the empowerment processes in this case was a ‘collective and inclusive' principle. Collectiveness and inclusiveness implies that people at the grassroots levels were actively involved. Perhaps this involvement was particularly facilitated by the fact that the villagers used what they were familiar with, natural resources and indigenous expertise. This project constituted a major strategy for promoting sustainable development and empowering local communities to make use of local resources for their economic empowerment. Indeed, the case illustrated that the Etsha villages' transformation/empowerment was realised through this project. They attracted monetary rewards from their production of handicrafts and services offered through the museum. These villages gained not only economically, they even transformed the processes of decision-making, which is one of the key aspects of political empowerment.

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