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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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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 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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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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

Botswana_Speaks_Press_Release_20022014_English.docx

Botswana_Speaks_Press_Release_20022014.docx_TRANS.docx

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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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Read the full version of the fifth issue here and find out all project news and upcoming events!

 

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Read the full version of the fifth issue here and find out all project news and upcoming events!

 

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"Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative: Paving the Way Towards Better Constituency Services in Botswana" paper was presented by Kheira Belkacem, Assistant Programme Director, presented on September 19th, 2013 from 14 to 15.30 at the Joint Conference of IFIP EGOV 2013 & IFIP ePart 2013.

Proceedings and the paper will be available here

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"Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative: Paving the Way Towards Better Constituency Services in Botswana" paper will be presented on September 19th, 2013 from 14 to 15.30 during the Joint Conference of IFIP EGOV 2013 & IFIP ePart 2013.

More details will follow in the next days!

Programme of the conference

Website of the conference

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The press release of Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative which was published yesterday appears on ePractice blog!

Check it out here!

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Brussels, 05/09/13 – On Tuesday 27 August 2013, SIDA Programme Manager visited the Parliament of Botswana in order to follow up on the implementation and progress of the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative so far.

The SIDA representative started her visit by meeting with the Clerk of the National Assembly, Ms Barbara Dithapo. She was informed on the achievements and the remaining challenges of the project. Ms Barbara Dithapo highlighted the Parliament’s commitment to this project, saying that “In Botswana, the majority of citizens don’t vote during General Elections. Botswana Speaks will assist in getting them involved and enhancing our democratic process”, thus emphasizing that the project’s success is of utmost importance for Botswana.

The four Members of Parliament involved in the pilot phase of the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative, Hon. Rayner Makosha (Nata/Gweta), Hon. Odirile Motlhale (South East South), Hon. Tawana Moremi (Maun West) and Hon. Slumber Tsogwane (Boteti North) also met with the SIDA Programme Manager during the same day. They expressed their satisfaction and gratitude towards the funding opportunity provided by the Swedish Agency.

The full version of the press release is available in English and translated versions!

Botswana_Speaks_Press_Release_05.09.2013_final_ENG.pdf

Botswana_Speaks_Press_Release_05-09-2013_final_TRANS.pdf

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The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative Team at the Parliament of Botswana kicked off a road trip last week to the four piloting constituencies of the project (Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West, South East South) in order to present the online platform.  Throughout August the citizens of various villages will get the chance to a firsthand experience while they will be informed on how to use it by members of the team along with the assistance of Parliament IT staff.
The Parliament team is going to Boteti North this week.

Here are the venues:

-          Tuesday 6 August: Rakops – Engliton Investments Complex
-          Wednesday 7 August: Moreomaoto – Public Library
-          Thursday 8 August: Mopipi – Marobathutlwa Community Hall

All meetings start at 09:00.

 

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Botswana Speaks online platform goes for a “test drive” with piloting constituencies’ citizens @ Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West, South East South behind the wheel!

The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative Team at the Parliament of Botswana kicked off a road trip earlier this week to the four piloting constituencies of the project in order to present the online platform.  Throughout August the citizens of various villages will get the chance to a firsthand experience while they will be informed on how to use it by members of the team along with the assistance of Parliament IT staff.


Laptops equipped with internet modems will be provided by Parliament for public use during the Botswana Speaks tour.  Following a brief presentation of the platform and with the assistance of the Parliament team, citizens will be able to use the platform and send messages to their elected representative.


Read the press releases (English and translated version):

BS_Press_Release_English.doc

BS_Press_Release_TRANS.doc

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The Botswana Speaks Team at the Parliament of Botswana is going for a trip in the four piloting constituencies of the project. Two members of the team will be going to the various constituencies (different members for each trip), together with an IT Officer who will be going to all of them.

Timeline
The team will spend 5 working days in each of the four piloting constituencies as follows:
•    Nata/Gweta: from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August
•    Boteti North: from Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August
•    Maun West: from Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August
•    South East South: from Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August

The Parliament will bring laptops with internet modems for the public to use during the meetings. After a quick presentation of the platform, most of the time will be spent on citizens using the platform and sending their questions / concerns to their elective representative with the assistance of the team.

The agenda of the meetings that will be organised this week at Nata/Gweta is as follows:
•    Tuesday 30 July : Nata, Nata Senior School, starting at 09:00
•    Wednesday 31 July: Gweta, Kutlwano Junior Secondary School, starting at 09:00
•    Thursday 1 August: Sowa Town, Joiba Complex, starting at 09:00

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Botswana Consumer Fair is an all inclusive platform whose objectives are to create an interactive forum for our exhibitors and their clients. It offers opportunities for diversification of the economy and promotes service sectors. It will take place in Fairground Holdings from 09.00am to 07.00pm.

Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative will be presented there.


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The Parliament has a stall to showcase Botswana Speaks at the Botswana Consumer Fair.

The Botswana Consumer Fair runs from the 22nd to the 28th of July. It takes place at Fairground Holdings, Gaborone.

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There are more than 10 ongoing polls on Speaks4Yourself platform!
Such as:

- Live broadcasting of Parliament debates

- One-Stop Border Posts Bill

- Establishement of a Statutory Body to ...

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The 2nd International Conference on Digital Services, Internet and Applications took place from 23rd to 25th April 2013 in Morioka City, Iwate in Japan. Vasilis Koulolias, Programme Director, presented "Botswana Speaks! A Technological and Sociocultural Symbiosis Augmenting Political Discourse” paper at a plenary lecture on April 24th.

Find more about this conference here

Conference programme

Find more events where Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative was presented in the latest Newsletter Issue No.3

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Kheira Belkacem, Assistant Programme Director at eGovlab, presented an ongoing research paper on the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative "Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative: A Socio-political approach to eDemocracy initiatives in developing countries” at the Conference for eDemocracy and Open Government (CeDEM 2013) on May 22nd in Krems, Danube University, Austria.

Click here to view the presentation on Slideshare
Find more events where Botswana Speaks Paliamentary Initiative was presented in our latest Newsletter Issue No.3

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Louis Papaemmanuel, eGovlab, presented the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative at IST-Africa 2013 Conference during on 29th May 2013, during a session on eGovernment. More

IST-Africa 2013 Agenda

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