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In fact, Mogotsi examines the nature and extent of income inequalities in wealth by mapping their changing contours in relation to several key indicators as well as various social markers such the rural/ urban divide and male/female-headed households as well as the current policy regimes. But with specific reference to housing, Mogotsi observes that it is increasingly becoming a source of income and wealth for women and for urban towns and urban villages in general. 18 Onalenna Selolwane Property rental is now among the top three most popular enterprises for Botswana’s rural and urban households.

Gaborone: Ministry of Local Government and Lands. Lipton, Michael (1977) Why Poor People Stay Poor: Urban Bias in World Development. London: Temple Smith. Mazonde, Isaac (1994) Ranching and Enterprise in Eastern Botswana: a Case Study of Black and White Farmers. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Nordas, Hildegunn and Abdalla Gergis (2000), Making government Smaller and More Efficient: The Botswana Case. Bergen: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Peters, Pauline (1994) Dividing the Commons: Politics, Policy and Culture in Botswana.

2 Social development, income distribution and growth Social justice has been reiterated as a key guiding principle in all of Botswana’s development plans since 1966. This principle is reflected in specific social policy initiatives as well as in economic policy and institutional development. However, as various chapters in this book show, Botswana has not been as successful in translating its economic growth into commensurate living conditions for its citizens as other countries at the same level of development.

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