Towards an Information Society in Botswana: ICT4D Country Report
Title: Towards an Information Society in Botswana: ICT4D Country Report
Authors: Balulwami Grand, Stephen M Mutula, Peter M. Sebina, Saul Zulu
Pages: 86 pp.
Source: Botswana Thetha ICT Discussion Forum
Publisher: Department of Library and Information Studies University of Botswana and Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)
Date (published): 08/03/2010
Date (accessed): 10/03/2010
Type of information: research report
On-line access: yes (pdf)
The Thetha - Regional ICT Discussion Forum Project is an initiative of SANGONeT aimed at tracking ICT4D initiatives in SADC member states and facilitating networking and dialogue among civil society organisations, academia, government organisations, corporate sector and development agencies to share information and experiences of the different countries in this regard. The Thetha project is funded by the Embassy of Finland (South Africa) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), and is administered by SANGONeT.
The Botswana Thetha - Regional ICT Discussion Forum is organised through the partnership of the Department of Library and Information Studies (University of Botswana) and SANGONeT. A similar event was co-hosted by BOCONGO and SANGONeT - dubbed the Botswana ICT Discussion Forum - in Gaborone from 5-6 October 2006. The Forum at that time sought to provide a platform for discussing the Maitlamo ICT policy which was at that stage a draft document. The policy was subsequently enacted by Parliament in 2007 and is the foundation upon which ICT4D initiatives are being undertaken in Botswana. The policy, for example, aims at creating an enabling environment for the growth of an ICT industry in Botswana, the provision of universal service and access to information and communication facilities and making Botswana an ICT hub for the region. It is therefore timely to review again what progress has been achieved not only after the enactment of the 'Maitlamo' policy but also with regard to WSIS, AISI, the SADC IT protocol and Vision 2016.