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Botswana is located in Southern Africa, north of South Africa                

Botswana, population 1.4 million, is one of Africa's most enduring multi-party democracies. It is also one of sub-Saharan Africa's most prosperous countries with a per capita income of US $2,790 annually. Nonetheless, the distribution of income is very uneven with large numbers of people living with AIDS and/or in poverty.

The traditional partner of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ is the Botswana Synod of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, founded in 1816 by missionaries from the London Missionary Society. Until recently, the United Congregational Church was virtually the state church. Other partners in Botswana are the Botswana Council of Churches, the country's main ecumenical body, and Kgolagano College, an ecumenical, ministerial and lay-training facility.

Pray for: The HIV/AIDS training program of Kgolagano College for church leaders in rural parts of the country.

Population (2014 est) – 2,155,784

Area – 361,500mi

Capital – Gaborone

Ethnic Background

     Tswana (or Setswana) - 79%,     

     Kalanga - 11%,

     Basarwa - 3%,

     other (including Kgalagadi and white) - 7%

Exports - diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat, textiles

Imports - foodstuffs, machinery, electrical goods, transport equipment, textiles, fuel and petroleum products, wood and paper products, metal and metal products

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 56      F 52

Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 9.38 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 14.9%

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