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Our blog is where you'll find all our project updates,highlights and achievements, as well as other news and events related to Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative.

Cognitive computer systems will allow better electronic government services

Existing computing systems in Africa fail to allow electronic government service systems to be citizen-engaged, according to the chief scientist at IBM Africa Dr. Osamuyimen (Uyi) Stewart.

From Nigeria to Rwanda, African nations have started switching on to e-government services in a bid to fast-track processes such as government-to-citizen (G2C) and government-to-business (G2B) processes.

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Africa: Is Open Data Improving Governance?

The concept of open data is a simple and attractive one: the information that governments amass as they go about their business should be available for citizens to pour over, helping them solve problems - and hold politicians to account.

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World Bank: 10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments

There are, broadly speaking, two strands of concurrent thinking that dominate discussions around the use of new technologies in education around the world. At one end of the continuum, talk is dominated by words like 'transformation'. The (excellent) National Education Technology Plan of the United States (Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology), for example, calls for "applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement."

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Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative proudly presents its 3rd Newsletter Issue!

The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative is now running its pilot phase and all Batswana are invited to sign up, to view ongoing polls, to discuss and debate issues that concern them!

These past months have been very fruitful for the project. Among other activities undertaken, the initiative was successfully presented in various international conferences in Africa, United States and Europe and a lot of interest and visibility was raised. Concurrently, meetings with local authorities in the four pilot constituencies were on focus during this period as a way to raise awareness about the launch of the pilot phase. Media outlets in Botswana like Mmegi and Daily News covered the launch of the pilot phase and qualified Botswana Speaks as an interactive platform that leads to better constituency services.

Enjoy our newsletter issue and get updated on the project’s news, upcoming events and other relevant news! Stay always abreast of the project’s news by following us on social media!

The latest issue is available here

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Daily News: Maun leaders welcome new initiative

MAUN- Some village leaders in Maun have welcomed the “Botswana Speaks” parliamentary initiative which aims at facilitating communication between MPs and citizens.  They said the initiative would connect citizens better with their elected representatives, adding that it would also promote transparency and contribute to the growth of technology usage.  

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