Botswana Librarians meeting: 3 -9 December, 2010

Date: November 3, 2010
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Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance through Effective Information and Knowledge Services

The 19th Standing Conference of Eastern, Central, & Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) 2010 Conference will take place in Gaborone, Botswana   from 3-9 December 2010.

Papers and discussions will address the Conference theme: “Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance through Effective Information and Knowledge ServicesÀ.

Through the contribution of libraries and information services free effective information and knowledge services do prevail in Africa. Free flow of Information can play an important role in contributing to democracy, good governance, social equality and economic growth within nations. In order to promote transparency and accountability on a national scale, every government needs to establish mechanisms to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information. Democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to national functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed. Information and knowledge creates a receptive, opened and questioning nation that forms the basis for strong democracy.

In today’s technological environment much can be done by libraries, media and other information outlets to promote the principles of free and democratic societies. It has been observed that, democracy depends both on freedom and accessibility of information and on an informed public. African governments must ensure that nationals have easy access to information more than ever before so as to promote the principle of good governance, democracy, social equality, and economic growth.


  • Libraries, democratisation process and promotion of sustainable good governance in Africa
  • Freedom of access to information, censorship to information, Internet monitoring, and good governance
  • Information privacy and confidentiality
  • Libraries, human rights and democracy
  • Advocacy and smart partnerships between libraries and government in national development
  • Information for poverty alleviation and social justice
  • Libraries, social equality and economic growth
  • Social inclusion/exclusion, democracy and good governance
  • Digital divide and achievement of democracy
  • E-governance/e-government and libraries in Africa
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and good governance
  • Universal access to information and disadvantaged groups
  • Information literacy and democracy
  • Local content, knowledge management/services, and good governance
  • Intellectual property rights and democracy
  • Information services and community/national development
  • Learning organizations, democracy and good governance

To learn more, or obtain the invitation letter, click here.

Registration and exhibition details can be obtained from,
Tel. (267) 355 2459; Cell. (267)71827118, Faculty of Science, University of Botswana.

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