In 2017, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy launched a two-year programme to support research and information management in the Parliament of Botswana, while improving methods to engage citizens with the parliaments work. Working with parliamentary staff from the Research and Library, Hansard, Public Relations, ICT departments and who support Committees, the programme will lead to improved and informed policies; and increased citizen participation in legislation and policy-making. .
Under the proposed Commonwealth project, WFD will work with the Parliament of Botswana and other regional countries, to address institutional barriers affecting the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups including young people, women and persons with disabilities.
- Established: 1966
- Number of Seats: 63 including 57 parliamentary constituencies; 4 specially elected MPs; and 2 ex officio members
- Number of Chambers: 1 (unicameral)
- President: Mokgweetsi Masisi
- Party control: Botswana Democratic Party
- Speaker: Hon. Glady Kokorwe
- Clerk: Barbara N. Dithapo
- Parliamentary elections: every 5 years
- Electoral system: First-past-the-post and single member plurality
- Maximum number of terms: 2
- Website: www.gov.bw
- Address: P O Box 240, Gaborone, Botswana
Results and Activities
- 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.
Modernising the parliament’s research and communications capacity
Planned end: March 2019