Dear readers,

Welcome to the fifth issue of the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative newsletter!

As this year is coming to an end, the current issue will be the last for 2013. It concludes an important year, notably creative and productive for the project! A lot of progress was made; visibility of the project was raised with regular constituency meetings being organised by the Parliament of Botswana, citizens’ acceptance of the initiative increasing day by day and participation on the platform taking off.

Since our last issue, the Botswana Speaks Team has organized and participated in several constituency meetings in the four pilot constituencies in October and December, giving the opportunity to the audience to test the Botswana Speaks platform and participate online.

U-Speak and Speak4yourself online tools are gathering a lot of citizens’ interest and the participation is increasing. Polls are still open for all citizens who want to share their opinions and give their input in the debates!

A number of interesting articles are included in this issue to inform you about relevant news. We also recommend a list of upcoming events that could be of interest to attend.

As a final note, we send you our warmest greetings and best wishes for the New Year. May this year bring you joy, happiness and prosperity! We are looking forward to meeting you again with the first issue of 2014!

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The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative Newsletter Team


Project News

Kgotla meetings in Mogobane and Otse, 14 and 15 October 2013

The Mogobane Kgotla meeting took place on October 14th and was attended by about 50 people. Kgosi Moilwa gave the welcoming remarks and Mr Lesedi Keekae, member of the Parliament Team presented the initiative to the audience who had the opportunity to experience the functioning of the Botswana Speaks platform.

 Residents MogobaneMr Thato

The day after, approximately 90 people attended the Otse Kgotla meeting and were enthusiastic to test the participatory platform.

Kgosi Moilwa

Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative pilot phase extended!



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.


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!



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!




The Botswana Speaks social network gets bigger!

A big THANKS to all our supporters who “like” our Facebook page and provide nice comments; “follow” us and “re-tweet” our updates, and “connect” with our LinkedIn network by sending us supportive messages for the work done so far in Botswana!

And of course, numbers below are indicative of the success in social networking and…we will keep expanding the outreach of the project in the upcoming months!

Facebook: 538 likes

Twitter: 236 followers

LinkedIn: 780 connections





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