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close this bookGATE - 4/93 - Botswana: Rural Industrial Development (GTZ GATE, 1993, 48 p.)
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Dear readers

The Focus section in this issue of gate is regional: the articles describe the activities of GATE's partner organization Rural Industries Innovations Centre (RIIC), a subsidiary of the Rural Industries Promotions Company (RIPCO) in Botswana. GATE has had a formal cooperation agreement with RIIC/RIPCO since 1984. The person responsible for liaison under the cooperation agreement at GATE is Hannah Schreckenbach, and this Focus is due in no small measure to her commitment and endeavour.

All the Focus articles were written by GATE's partners in Botswana. The authors kick off with reports on their organization's work and its efforts to promote small-scale industries in rural areas.

Kit V. Morei, RIPCO'.s General Manager, identifies the Centre's primary objectives as "developing and promoting appropriate technologies to create employment and improve the quality of life for the people of Botswana, especially in rural areas".

In the articles that follow we are introduced to three selected projects - the Technology Transfer Unit, the Village Skills Training Programme and the Small-Scale Sorghum Milling Industry. Mr Morei welcomed GATE's invitation to write the Focus articles for this issue, "because we share similar experiences with other development agencies which may benefit from this initiative .

Successful cooperation of the kind practiced by GATE and RIIC/RIPCO is based on mutual understanding, respect and openness. This is one reason why development aid organizations and training institutions view the current hostility towards foreigners in Germany with deep concern.
It is already a year since the staff of GTZ/GATE issued a statement deploring "the rising tide of hatred towards foreign nationals in Germany" (see gate 4/92).

In cooperation with the members of the AT Forum NGO-GTZ, a special section of this issue of gate magazine is devoted to the subject. It includes an article on the impact of xenophobia on interpersonal cooperation, and statements by members of AT Forum condemning hostility towards foreigners and racism.

Barbel Roben