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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.

Key lessons learnt from the evaluation of the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative

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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Botswana Speaks online platform goes for a “test drive”

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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iMENTORS-a crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa goes live!

iMENTORS goes live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Register and create your profile on the platform. Do not forget to send us your feedback on the beta version of the platform!

Check out the map now: www.imentors.eu/map.html

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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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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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Ongoing polls on Speaks4Yourself! Give your opinion!

These are the ongoing polls on Speak4Yourself! Sign in, select your constituency on the map and share your opinion! 

  • Botswana Land Policy
  • Botswana National Policy on HIV and AIDS
  • Banking (Amendment) Bill
  • One-Stop Border Posts Bill
  • Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill

Check out more polls ...and stay tuned!

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Public Service Day, 13-14 June 2013, Gaborone

The Public Service Day is a two-day annual event. On the 13th of June, activities including ministries stalls exhibitions were held at Fairgrounds Holdings, Gaborone. As the theme for this year is “E-GOVERNMENT; KEY TO EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY”, the Parliament of Botswana decided to showcase the Botswana Speaks platform on its stall.


During the whole day, the stall received a large number of visitors willing to discover the platform, including Hon. Mokgwetsi Masisi, Minister of State President. Indeed, Botswana Speaks is very much anchored in the National E-Government Strategy which is a priority for the Government of Botswana, as emphasized by the Minister in his keynote address:

"The potential of e-Government, however, goes much further, for it also enables Government to connect citizens, and perhaps of even greater significance its citizens to connect with their Government, for 24/7 interface and service delivery. In the process it offers greater efficiency and cost savings for Government and citizens alike. But for e-Government to deliver on its potential there is an urgent need for a radical transformation of how Government works and ultimately how society relates to Government. This will require the application of new ways of thinking as well as new information and communication technologies".

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