ISSUE No.1

 


Editorial

Dear readers,

Welcome to the 1st Newsletter Issue of Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative!

Can citizens get better connected with their elected representatives?
Can new technologies and tradition work together?
Can citizens get involved in decision-making processes?
Can the digital divide be bridged?

Nowadays, e-Democracy, e-Government and e-Participation are some of the major issues that concern Southern and Eastern regions of Africa. Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative project “SAYS YES” to all the above questions. Started in September 2012, the initiative aims to improve parliamentary efficiency, good governance and better communication between citizens and their elected Members of Parliament (MPs) in Botswana.

Do you want to TAKE ACTION and GET INVOLVED? Visit our website www.botswanaspeaks.org, view our promotional materials on our blog, subscribe to the Newsletter, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and share with us your ideas and suggestions! Find out more in this Newsletter Issue and get informed about the project.

In the next edition of our newsletter, our team will share the latest updates on the project, interesting initiatives, articles and publications and upcoming events that have caught our interest.

We can all contribute and spread the word: “Botswana Speaks and SAYS YES”! Enjoy the Issue!

Kind regards,
The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative Newsletter Team

Project News

How ICT and tradition work together? New Parliamentary Initiative

How ICT and tradition work together? New Parliamentary Initiative

On Monday October 8th, 2012 the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative was launched at the Swedish Trade Council in Gaborone and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Parliament. In a continuous effort to enhance participation and direct communication between citizens and their elected representatives, the project aims to enable the National Assembly enhance work efficiency and increase policy responsiveness with constituencies through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

 
Press Conference at the Parliament of Botswana

Press Conference at the Parliament of Botswana

A press conference announcing the beginning of the new project was held at the Parliament of Botswana on October 8th, 2012. It was a great success with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Dr. Margaret Nasha, chairing the official launch of the initiative and with Ministers, Members of the Parliament and Members of the Government attending. Hon. Dr Margaret Nasha showed her full support to the initiative. She sees in the use of new technologies a way of engaging the youth more systematically in politics: “We want to take our young people on board.”
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How to learn more with just a click!

How to learn more with just a click!

Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative offers to readers, users and stakeholders interested in the project a user-friendly website being the most comprehensive and detailed informational tool of the project available at: www.botswanaspeaks.org.
Don’t miss a chance to explore the website and get informed about the project updates, news, events and more!



Three reasons why you should visit our blog!

Three reasons why you should visit our blog!

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Why an Online Platform improves citizens’ participation on ongoing legislation

The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative platform will allow citizens from four constituencies to share their input and opinions on ongoing legislation. The online platform goes together with the implementation of constituency meetings in those four constituencies to gather citizens' inputs offline to then be made available to MPs online. One of the aims of the initiative is to improve constituency services. At the same time, the platform will enable citizens from all constituencies of Botswana to take part in discussions on legislation as discussed in the National Assembly.

Development of the Parliamentary Communication System (PCS): an ongoing process

The Alpha version of the Parliamentary Communication System is under construction and will be presented to Members of the Parliament in December 2012. The system is developed with two components in mind: citizens’ consultation in four constituencies, therefore improving constituency services, and deliberation on ongoing legislation open to all citizens. An orientation seminar for Members of Parliament and the staff of the Parliament will be held at the Swedish Trade Council in December 2012.

 
Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative showed “Its way” at TEDxYouth@Tallinn

Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative showed “Its way” at [email protected]

[email protected] “My way” is a TEDx event for youth, organized by youth that took place at Rocca al mare School (Vabaohumuuseumi tee 8, Tallinn, 13521) in Tallinn, Estonia. Vasilis Koulolias, Director of the eGovlab, DSV, Stockholm University and Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative Programme Director, was a speaker at this event and presented the project. A video of the event will be available on the Botswana Speaks website soon.
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