BIDPA takes a new strategic direction
The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, (BIDPA) will in the next five years focus on five research areas aimed at providing research evidence for the formulation, implementation and review of national development policies.
The five research areas are; Macroeconomics and Development, Trade Industry and Private Sector Development, Human & Social Development, Environment, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Governance & Administration.
Research output from these priority areas is intended to assist Government and Stakeholders leverage evidence based policies in the attainment of Vision 2036, National Development Plan 11 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
During the 2019 financial year, BIDPA completed 12 Supply Driven Research Projects, 4 demand driven projects while 6 are still ongoing. The Key demand driven projects included a study to assess the Investment Opportunities within the Manufacturing Sector in Botswana commissioned by CEDA and the Revision of Existing National Poverty Eradication Framework commissioned by the UNDP. Others included the Contribution of Copyright industries to the economy of Botswana which was commissioned by CIPA in 2018.
The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) was established by the Government of Botswana as an independent trust, and started operation as a non-governmental policy research institute or “think tank” in 1995. The institute evolved out of the expressed need to effectively link and harmonise economic policy analysis functions with national development
efforts. BIDPA focuses mainly on research and policy analysis; and capacity building in policy analysis.
BIDPA is a major player on the national policy formulation landscape and its mandate is defined by the following five elements: Economic research and policy analysis; institutional capacity building; professional training; networking and public education. The institute’s mandate is informed by the deed of trust that established it.