8 December 2006, Boipuso Hall, Gaborone, Botswana
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:
Victor Shale and Sydney Letsholo, EISA
Official Opening and Introductory Remarks
|09h00-09h10||Welcome Remarks and Project Overview
Ms Robyn Smith, Manager, Field Office and Programme Support, EISA
Professor Bojosi K. Otlhogile, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana
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|
|12h45-13h00||Group assignments & allocation of material for the next session|
Session 2: Political Party Capacity building
|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
Ms Robyn Smith, EISA