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Since April 2013, constituents from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South have been using the Botswana Speaks platform (U-Speak) to share issues, opinions or to request information from their Members of Parliament.
Botswana Speaks gave a chance to Members of Parliament from those four constituencies to receive input and to reply directly to them via the online platform or via SMS! At the end of the pilot (March 2014) there were 830 cases on U-Speak!

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Success factors:

The pilot phase of the project was initiated as scheduled in April 2013. Since then some interesting outcomes have emerged from the pilot phase in line with the overall objectives of the project:
•    Citizens have shared their views with their MPs;
•    Parliament has made bills and motions available to the public early in the decision-making process (April 2013);
•    Some MPs responded to their constituents’ via the platform;
•    Constituency meetings took place regularly to present the project;
•    Capacity building enhanced throughout the pilot phase;
•    Initiative was very well received at international events.

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An analytical paper on the Botswana Speaks project titled “Inclusive Innovation in Governance: Critical reflections from Botswana” by Somya Joshi, Kheira Belkacem, Vasilis Koulolias and Vasso Zalavra was accepted for the 19th UKAIS Conference on Information Systems in Oxford, UK. It will be presented by Somya Joshi on 9 April. 

This paper will be reworked in line with peer-reviewed comments and additional end user data that has come in during March 2014, to be submitted to a top journal in the field of ICT4D.

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The ICT for Development (ICT4D) conference organised by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) kicked off on March 25th, 2014 in Nairobi, the second time the meeting comes to Kenya. The theme of the 4-day meeting is "Building Resilience through Innovation."

The conference was aimed at showcasing the use of ICT in relief and development efforts and will focus on the ways in which technology enables resilience by supporting developing communities to reduce vulnerabilities and coming up with ways that promote the health and well-being of its members.

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CIOS and IT managers are faced with higher expectations from their businesses than ever before - which thry must with tighter budgets.

The balance of power between IT departments and the rest of the business has shifted decisively in the past few years. Users are no longer prepared to take IT’s word for it about what is and isn’t possible. The new generation of virtualised modern data centres needs to meet exceptionally high expectations for round-the-clock availability and reliability.

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Nairobi — The Chief Scientist of IBM Research Africa, Dr. Uyi Stewart has said that African governments are not spending enough money in building Informationa Communication Technology Infratsructure to leapflog into the information age which is the most valuable commodity.

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As a result of high-level meetings at this year's Mobile World Congress, seven major mobile operators across Africa and the Middle East have developed a roadmap to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives.
“We are greatly encouraged by the shared vision of mobile operators and the common urgency to find solutions that will drive down the cost of mobile and Internet services and help connect the unconnected,” said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA.

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Ready to use toolkit

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A ready to use toolkit was created following the validation of the platform. It includes:

·      A version of the latest software used, ready for installation.

·      General documentation for the software.

·      Training modules on Initiative Planning / Initiative Implementation.

·      Training material on Marketing, and relevant promotional material in editable versions.


Image courtesy of Keerati /

This tool kit aims at interested local, regional, national African institutions that plan to initiate, implement or finance initiatives to foster participative models towards decision-making who can use it to evaluate, plan and manage those initiatives. 

The link to the toolkit will be available soon.



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This is how Africa tweets

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Twitter activity in Africa during the last quarter of 2013 peaked on the day of Nelson Mandela’s death, according to How Africa Tweets, a new study analysing Twitter activity on the continent.

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According to the article published on ITNews Africa website, more than ever before, Africans are turning to ICT-supported learning to grow their economies. In 2013, the eLearning Africa Report found that 40% of African technology-assisted learning professionals were using ICTs specifically for skills training, up from 18% the previous year.

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Rwanda has made major strides toward achieving gender equality in information and communication technology, thanks to the numerous awareness campaigns and other programmes in the country.

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Much has been written about the growth of Africa’s technology-focused startup business ecosystem. In strong emerging markets like Kenya, stakeholders – including venture capitalists, angel investors and multinationals, are continuing with efforts to further entrench the country’s ‘Silicon Savannah’.

In October 2013, at Intel Capital’s annual CEO Summit, discussion over establishing a startup venture and exposure to capital resulted in the point being made that companies that disrupt something in the market or create something truly unique appeal to potential investors.

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The Cofimvaba Schools District Technology Project, which introduces tablets for teaching and learning in Eastern Cape rural schools, has so far shown the potential to be implemented in other South African provinces.

This is according to Merryl Ford, programme manager for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Tech4Red project, which distributes tablets to teachers and learners.

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IT News Africa ( will be hosting the 3rd edition of Tech Demo Africa (TDA) from 28 - 29 May 2014.
TDA is the leading Enterprise Technology Demo show in Africa and offers technology companies an opportunity to demo their solutions to a captive audience and engage with the market. This inspiring event will feature cutting-edge demos, engaging keynotes, lively panel discussions, noted local and international speakers- along with an amazing technology exhibition area.

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According to an article published on TechCrunch, from the largest technology companies to early stage investors, American high tech companies and venture capitalists are increasingly supporting startups across the African continent.

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According to an article published on Ventures Africa, Angola, Namibia and Nigeria are the fastest growing countries in Africa in terms of wealth per capita, according to a report by New World Wealth.

The countries were ranked by wealth growth between 2000 and 2013. Angola recorded a percentage growth of 527 percent, Namibia had 289 percent and Nigeria recorded 275 percent growth. Zimbabwe came last on the list, recording a negative growth rate of 10 percent.

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ICT stakeholders are set for a major digital exposition, aimed at bridging the huge gap between the rate of innovations and their adoption, which threatens the fast developing local industry.

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According to an article published on, Google, Friday, announced that three Nigerians were part of the top 10 finalists in its Google "Africa Connected" Competition.

In a statement, Google said that the three Nigerian finalists were Eric Obuh, a social crusader; Eseoghene Odiete, a fashion designer; and Mayowa Adegbile, a philanthropist.

The organisation said that the top 10 finalists also include two Kenyans, a Senegalese, a South African, a Zimbabwean and a Ghanaian.

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According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, the UN Economic Commission for Africa in collaboration with the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Ministry of Communications Technology (FMCT), and Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) will hold a high level policy dialogue on the theme: Science, Technology, and Innovation and the African Transformation Agenda, on 24-25 March 2014 in Abuja.

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Hon. Odirile Motlhale, Chairman for the Committee on Communications, Works, Transport and Technology, and Member of Parliament (MP) involved in the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative, has announced during a Committee meeting on 5 February 2014 that the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative will be rolled-out to all constituencies. Since April 2013, constituents from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South have been using the Botswana Speaks platform to share issues, opinions or to request information from their Members of Parliament. Project partners from eGovlab (University of Stockholm) and Gov2u met with the partners of the Parliament of Botswana in Gaborone to evaluate the initial results of the pilot phase and decided that the pilot would be extended until the end of March 2014 in order to allow more participation and encourage more young people to be involved.

Trying out the platform in Gweta



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