Modernising the parliament’s research and communications capacity
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.
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.