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13th March 2017 Gaborone, Botswana

Katharine Ransome

by Katharine Ransome

British High Commissioner to Botswana and UK Representative to the Southern Africa Development Community

Celebrating the diverse partnership of nations that make up the modern Commonwealth

At primary school, I remember we used to have a large poster of the flags of the Commonwealth on the wall of the classroom. I used to daydream about what kids my age would be doing in those countries – what was their school day like? Were their teachers nice? Did they also hate sitting […]

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8th March 2017 Gaborone, Botswana

Katharine Ransome

by Katharine Ransome

British High Commissioner to Botswana and UK Representative to the Southern Africa Development Community

#BeBoldForChange: Celebrating Women and Men as equal partners in society this International Women’s Day

Did you know that up until 1972, if you were a woman in the British Diplomatic Service, you had to resign if you got married? Nobody is really sure how this policy came about, but thankfully wiser minds have long since prevailed. Now both male and female diplomats equally find ways to combine family and […]

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20th January 2017 Gaborone, Botswana

Katharine Ransome

by Katharine Ransome

British High Commissioner to Botswana and UK Representative to the Southern Africa Development Community

A Global Britain: Planning for Brexit

January is traditionally a time for looking ahead and setting out a vision for the year. For some of us, our goals may be simple – more time with family, lose weight, travel or study. For politicians however, sometimes the vision encompasses a major or historic change in international relations. UK Prime Minister Theresa May […]

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19th February 2016 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

Salang Sentle Bagaetsho

My assignment has ended and I have now left Botswana after three years that have flown by which is always the sign of an enjoyable posting. So this is my final and reflective blog, written from a freezing London. Never again will I complain about the heat. For my over-arching impression, I will stick with […]

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28th October 2015 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

A year after the Botswana 2014 General Elections: A personal experience

A year ago, with election fever gripping the country, and conscious of Botswana’s sound democratic principles and wanting to experience and test them, I left my house in Gaborone at 05:00 so I could be at the opening of a polling station in Lobatse. What immediately struck me was the long queue of citizens, women […]

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3rd June 2015 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

The Kasane Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

I’ve always thought it better to write about an event, especially a successful one, a few weeks after it rather than risk getting caught up in the euphoria of the moment. So it is with considered reflection that I write about the success that was the Kasane Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) which […]

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20th March 2015 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

Human Rights: Leaving no-one behind

Two weeks ago the British High Commission supported an event hosted by the Botswana Network for Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA). The event was essentially a discussion about whether Botswana’s legislative framework deals fairly with those who describe themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex, the LGBTI community for short. It was a well […]

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30th January 2015 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

Botswana’s Business Environment

The imminent presentation of the budget speech has made me focus on Botswana’s economic development and in particular the business enabling environment.  Botswana is judged by international institutions to be amongst the best destinations for doing business in Africa and, in perception terms the least corrupt country on the continent. These ratings quite rightly reflect […]

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12th December 2014 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

International Anti-Corruption Day

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day and last week Transparency International released its annual Perceptions of Corruption report. So it seems a good moment to reflect on corruption. What is it, actually? Why does it matter? And what should our response be? Transparency International defines corruption simply as “the abuse of entrusted power for private […]

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23rd September 2014 Gaborone, Botswana

Nick Pyle

by Nick Pyle

British High Commissioner to Botswana

Botswana Global Joint Action Day on Climate Change

Early this month the British High Commission went to Mogoditshane Primary School where the students had been learning about climate change thanks to a project run by WENA Environmental Education and News Trust and funded by the High Commission. The event was graced by representatives from the Department of Waste Management, the Ministry of Education as […]

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