on Parliamentary Assistance

BEN_0008Harald Schenker from the DDLGN Focal Point team introduced participants to donors’ experience in supporting local and national parliaments in their various functions within a democratic State. There are a series of challenges when working with parliaments: slow, complex and inherently political processes. But parliaments have a key role in providing legitimacy and accountability to democratic governance. A variety of forms of and entry points for support were listed, in relation to the law-making role, the representation and the oversight role were listed,  and partly have been tested by SDC in a variety of contexts, Parliament administration might be an important partner to support.

Parliamentary Support Pemba

pdf-xsYou can download Harald’s presentation here.

Global mapping and analysis of parliamentary strengthening

Katharina Häberli and Franklin de Vrieze

Franklin de Vrieze, Democracy Reporting International, presented the  results from his study on “global mapping and analysis of parliamentary strengthening”.

Katharina Häberli and Franklin de Vrieze made comments on the various and modalities of parliamentary support and added on from an experienced expert perspective.

pdf-xsYou can download Franklin’s speech here pdf-xsGlobal mapping and analysis of parliamentary strengthening

Group discussions

The group discussions went around practical experience of SDC in different contexts. For example, in Macedonia and Cambodia, SDC provides different kinds of  support through the respective parliamentary institutes:

pdf-xsYou can also download the discussion boards here.

Further reading

linkInterparliamentary Union

linkResources on political party legislation and finance

linkA database on political finance and an overview of the database

linkA handbook on money in politics and a policy brief on the same issue

linkA collection of best fit for practitioners with regards to multiparty dialogue, and a guide on dialogue in general (not necessarily linked to political parties)

linkA knowledge resource on women in politics

linkA database on gender quotas

linkA portal on parliamentary development in several languages

linkA good overview of parliamentary support, “Mind the Gap: Lessons Learnt and Remaining Challenges in Parliamentary Development Assistance – A Sida Pre-Study”

pdf-xsInternational Mapping

pdf-xsMapping SDC

pdf-xsPresentation 16.06.2015