What other resource-rich African countries can learn from Botswana

Balisi Gopolang shares what other resource-rich African countries can learn from Botswana.

What can other resource-rich African countries learn from Botswana’s experience managing its natural resources in an inclusive and sustainable way?

Accountability, transparency and leadership.

That’s according to Balisi Gopolang, principal meteorologist at Botswana’s Ministry for Wildlife, Environment and Tourism, who sat down with Devex Associate Editor Richard Jones for a video interview on the sidelines on the Annual Democracy Forum 2014 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Check the above clip to find out why Gopolang thinks his country has achieved a unique status among Africa’s resource-rich nations.

#DemocracyMatters is a three-week series exploring the intersection of democracy, development and natural resources management in partnership with International IDEA, the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

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