The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS is a non-governmental organisation committed to integrating an ethical, legal and human rights approach into Botswana’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To download the BONELA brochure click on the language of your choice. (English, Setswana)
The idea for BONELA was launched as a component of the Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities Project in September 1995 and registered under the Societies Act in early 2002.
BONELA is governed by a Board, elected every two years and reflecting a range of professional experience. The daily work of BONELA is carried out by its full-time staff. With a non-profit mandate, BONELA primarily receives financial assistance from local and international donor organisations but also raises funds through the sale of publications, other activities, and the support of individuals and members.
Making human rights a reality in the response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Botswana.
To promote a just and inclusive environment to prevent HIV infection and provide a greater quality of life for people affected by HIV and AIDS.
In order to ensure alignment of behaviour to organisational requirements and to ensure resonance with the national agenda and organisational appropriateness in facilitating a culture necessary carry out the strategic plan, while meeting stakeholder expectations, in line with the spirit of Botswana’s Vision 2016, the organisation has defined its as follows:-
- Botho (as defined by the government of Botswana, loosely translated means “humane behaviour”. It “defines a process for earning respect by first giving it, and to gain empowerment by empowering others. It encourages people to applaud rather than resent those who succeed. It disapproves of anti-social, disgraceful, inhuman and criminal behaviour, and encourages social justice for all.”)
- Accountability and Transparency
Strategic Organization Goal
Making human rights a reality in the response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Botswana.
Promote a just and inclusive environment that contributes to the quality of life for people affected by HIV and AIDS through community response and the promotion of accountability at all levels of society.
Aim 1 – Scaling up community response
To strengthen and scale-up a coordinated community response on health and human rights to maximise civil society impact on national HIV programming.
Aim 2 – Promote accountability
To increase accountability for health and human rights literacy among all stakeholders in the national HIV response