Botswana

Botswana

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In 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy launched a two-year programme to support research and information management in the Parliament of Botswana and improve methods to engage citizens with the parliament’s work. Working with parliamentary staff from the Research and Library, Hansard, Public Relations, and ICT departments as well as those who support committees, the programme aimed to foster improved, evidence-based policymaking and increase citizen participation in legislation and policymaking. The programme closed in 2019.

WFD operated in Botswana between 2015 and 2019
Information management

The ability of parliamentary staff to support MPs by providing clear, non-biased and accurate information is vital for MPs to effectively review government proposals. Access to relevant information helps parliaments to develop responsive, evidence-based public policies. An increased awareness and understanding of the role of parliament among citizens is critical to strengthening public participation in the lawmaking process. WFD worked to strengthen the National Assembly of Botswana’s procedures for the production and dissemination of research and information management, and develop the parliament’s strategy to communicate better. Through this work, it aimed for the Parliament of Botswana to be better equipped to provide effective research support to its member and to provide tailored outreach, education and engagement to citizens and stakeholders.

Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy

Under our Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) project, WFD worked with the Parliament of Botswana to address the barriers preventing the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups including young people, women and persons with disabilities.

Country Data

Population:

Population:

2.25
Million
GDP:

GDP:

$15. 6
Billion (USD)
GDI per capita:

GDI per capita:

$6,750
(USD)
Media freedom:

Media freedom:

45/100
(partly free)
Democracy index:

Democracy index:

72/100
(free)

Key Results

Following a WFD-organised learning visit to the National Assembly for Wales in October 2016, the Head of Committees acknowledged the need for increased coordination and information sharing between committees.

Implementation

Modernising the parliament’s research and communications capacity
Completed
Programme end: March 2019