English: The article examines the utilisation of spaces for participation in the development planning
processes in Botswana. It has often been argued that, contrary to the widespread espousal
to participatory planning, Botswana’s planning system remains non-participatory. What is
perceived as a highly centralised planning system dominated by bureaucrats has often
been cited as the greatest impediment to the country’s participatory governance. Despite
the above perception, the article demonstrates the fluidity of spaces for participation
and how, with creativity, invited spaces for participation have been used to challenge
unpopular state policies and practices.