Botswana: Strengthening Political Parties for Sustainable Democracy Workshop 2006

8 December 2006, Boipuso Hall, Gaborone, Botswana

About the workshop

EISA will host a workshop on Strengthening Political Parties for Sustainable Democracy to be attended by various stakeholders predominantly political parties in Botswana on 8th December 2006. The workshop is meant to share findings of the research on the Inter-Party Relations and Democracy in Botswana which was undertaken in February 2006 by Prof. Onalenna Selolwane (University of Botswana) and Victor Shale (EISA) culminating in a comprehensive research report. The workshop will also provide a platform for parties to discuss, identify and prioritise their capacity building needs. This workshop is an integral part of the larger project entitled Strengthening Political Parties for Sustainable Democracy in the SADC Region which is supported by the Emabassy of Finland in Pretoria.

The specific objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To conduct capacity building programmes in a variety of areas namely, gender representation, intra-party and inter-party democracy, outreach activities, conflict management and leadership in parties;
  • To share information on comparative experiences of political parties in the SADC region with regard their functioning, their internal democracy mechanisms and organisational arrangements; and
  • To promote dialogue amongst parties in order to generate regional and in-country debates on their status.

Workshop Rapporteurs

Victor Shale and Sydney Letsholo, EISA

Programme

Time Event
08h30-09h00 Registration

Official Opening and Introductory Remarks

09h00-09h10 Welcome Remarks and Project Overview
Ms Robyn Smith, Manager, Field Office and Programme Support, EISA
09h10-09h30 Keynote Address
Professor Bojosi K. Otlhogile, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana
09h30-10h00 Tea/Coffee

Session 1: Inter-Party Relations and Democracy in Botswana

This session focuses on the inter-party relations study conducted by EISA in February 2006 in Botswana. It sought to examine inter-party relations to assess prospects for political party cooperation in order to compete effectively for the governing mandate. The presentation will highlight challenges facing political parties and make specific recommendations on possible options for collaboration.

10h00-10h30 Presentation of the inter-party relations study
Mr Victor Shale, EISA & Mr Lebang Mpotokwane, Committee for Strengthening Democracy in Botswana
10h30-11h00 Input from political parties
11h00-12h45 Discussion
12h45-13h00 Group assignments & allocation of material for the next session
13h00-14h00 Lunch

Session 2: Political Party Capacity building

14h00-15h00 Breakaway Groups
15h00-15h15 Tea/Coffee
15h15-16h00 Plenary
16h00-16h15 Input from Political Parties

Session 3: Summary of the workshop deliberations

An opportunity for participants to reflect upon the discussions of the day. It will highlight the key challenges raised in plenary. It will also provide a succinct summation of the key recommendations aimed at enhancing the institutional capacity of political parties in Botswana.

16h15-17h15 Summary & General Discussions
Victor Shale, EISA
17h15-17h20 Official Closure
Ms Robyn Smith, EISA