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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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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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According to an article published onBiztechAfrica, Botswana Power Corporation says new payment channels such as the internet and mobile have improved service delivery and customer satisfaction in Botswana.

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has largely achieved its pre-paid electricity project’s objective of improving accessibility and bringing services closer to the customers, says BPC marketing and communications manager Spencer Moreri.

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Although the pilot phase of the initiative was originally scheduled until 10th December 2013, it has been extended until the end of February 2014. Moreover, a final workshop will be organised with eGovlab, Honourable Member of Parliament and the Team in the Parliament in Gaborone in February 2014 to gather impressions and feedback from the pilot phase, and to discuss the sustainability of the project after the pilot.

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You can be part of Botswana Speaks platform and participate online!

Constituents from Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West and South East South, can use U-Speak to share an issue, an opinion or request information to their Member of Parliament (MP)!

 

Login now and submit an issue to your MP via the online platform or via SMS and let your MP know your concerns!

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If you are a citizen of another constituency, you can give your opinion on issues that concern you and legislation that is currently discussed in the Parliament.

Sign in on the Speak4yourself platform and send your input to the MPs who participate in these debates!

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PRESS RELEASE

The Vice President, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe has called on parents to help government in developing the youth. Dr Kedikilwe, who is also MP for Mmadinare, made the call when addressing a kgotla meeting in Foley on January 9. He said parents and communities as a whole should ensure that their children enrolled in pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary education so as to be comparable to other youth in the global community. He said parents and teachers should collaborate to safeguard and improve the education of children and instill in them the norms and morals of society.

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SA, Botswana Step Up Relations

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According to the article published on allAfrica.com, President Jacob Zuma says the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between South Africa and Botswana is imperative, as it will help broaden and streamline cooperation between the two countries. President Zuma hosted his Botswana counterpart President Ian Khama for the inaugural session of the BNC in Pretoria on Thursday.

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Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative team organizes a kgotla meeting in Otse tomorrow morning at 9:00 (South East South). You are welcome to join!

Come and share your views and opinions!

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Innovation Africa 2013 is organised under the patronage of the Botswana Ministry of Education & Skills Development. It continues the highly productive series of The Brains Network meetings-based summits with our unmatched track record in bringing government ministers and officials to join industry leaders in one-to-one meetings.

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Welcome to the fourth issue of the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative newsletter! These past months have been very productive for the Botswana Speaks project, as well as rewarding.

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As part of its effort to encourage users to conduct business across mobile and IT platforms, Orange Botswana has launched its Visa card.  Users will be able to use the Card and their mobile phones to initiate financial services and shop online.

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The Parliament of Botswana was represented at Tshane in Kgalagadi District last month (30-31 August) for the official launch of the “Vision 2016 awareness month”. This event was an opportunity to showcase a wide range of services that Government Departments and private companies render to the community in a mission to align them and demonstrate adherence to the seven pillars of Vision 2016. Therefore, the Parliament’s stall was showcasing the Botswana Speaks, as this initiative deeply contributes in achieving the Vision pillar 5 “An Open, Democratic and Accountable Nation”.

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Mobile boost means more jobs

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SA's neighbour, Botswana, has initiated a process that Southern African governments hope will accelerate mobile access to an additional 300 million citizens in sub-Saharan Africa – and ultimately create millions of jobs.

Vice-president of Botswana, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, on Friday convened a meeting with the GSMA and ministers representing the governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, to agree on common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region, with the view of creating an additional 3.2 million jobs for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.

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BOTSWANA: ICT College gets University status

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By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

According to an article published on BizTechAfrica, Botswana’s former NIIT College of Computer Studies has been given university status and renamed Botho University.

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The Vice President of Botswana, the Honourable Dr Ponatshego H. Kedikilwe opened a meeting on Friday 06 September of the Governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to agree common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region, with the view of creating an additional 3.2 million jobs for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.
The Governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to agree common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region.

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Botswana: Exhibition promotes technology

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According to an article published on Daily News, North East region Design and Technology (D&T) committee and Builders World recently held an exhibition to encourage information sharing and networking amongst students and teachers.

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According to an article published on Daily News, innovation should be understood as the dissemination of something new in the local context and not as something new in absolute terms, says the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Alan Boshwaen.

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Botswana: Jakalas 1 school chases ICT dream

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According to an article published on Daily News, in 2010, the Vision 2016 commemoration event swept through the village of Jakalas 1 in the North East District like the infamous Tsunami hurricane in a bumptious mode.

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Botswana: CAAB donates computers

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According to an article published on Daily News, Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) on August 27 donated 12 computers and six printers to some schools in Kgalagadi South constituency.

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