Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type


First Advisor



The following study seeks to address the current complexities and relationships between donor funding and program structure within the context of HIV and AIDS in Botswana. The study examined local conditions that exist throughout the country in terms of program effectiveness, sustainability, and efficiency as well as the relationship between funding structure and Batswana community engagement. Research was conducted over the course of seven weeks at the Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Program (BOCAIP) in the capital city of Gaborone, and was followed by analysis. By examining the relationship between these two entities (foreign aid policy and funding structure), solutions were identified, thus helping to bridge the gap between funding and practice. The study concludes that community engagement based on local values, customs, and tradition was crucial to effective program implementation.