The Institute of Development Management (IDM) has unveiled its new partnership with Ohio University. IDM Country Director Onalenna Seitio-Kgokgwe hailed the partnership with Ohio University, saying they will work with them on programmes like Culture and Heritage that will be based in Swaziland. “We are also going to set a centre in Ohio where we can also work,” she said. Gillian Harper Ice from Ohio University in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine said health sciences is her home and they are very excited about their partnership with IDM. “Everyone is impressed with the opportunities and the connections that we have, and Ohio University has been working here in Botswana and our lecturers always come here,” she said. Ice said it is always exciting for them to work with countries in Africa, and they are happy to have alumni in Botswana who have graduated from Ohio University. She said they want to continue to see what they can do in health and how they can develop projects that can develop the health field in Botswana. Kgokgwe said they are aware of the need to continue to fill the gap in the countries where they operate. “IDM develops targeted programmes for each and every need out there, and this is what happens after we went to the market and after the government consulted with us. We are responding to the national agendas,” she said. When speaking at the stakeholder meeting the Former President of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire said he was delighted that students from Ohio University will have the opportunity to engage with IDM students. “It is out of interactions of this nature that long lasting networks and friendships are often forged, in every challenge that you will face it is important to build partnerships and collaborations,” he said. Masire said it is important for everyone to work and do whatever it takes to make the world a better home for themselves and future generations.