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The African Parliamentary Index – Round Two

The African Parliametnary Index (API) is a set of indicators measuring parliamentary performance of select African Parliaments, in particular linked to the level of engagement in the budget process in their respective countries. This summary report outlines the second round of assessments in seven African countries in 2012.

Date: August 2013

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API: Report on Zambia

The Zambian Parliament is one of the oldest continuously functioning legislatures in the Southern African Sub-region. This Parliament’s responsibilities include making laws, approving proposals for taxation and public expenditure, and keeping the work of the Government under scrutiny and review.

Date: 2012

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API: Report on Uganda

The assessment used two groups of respondents: Parliamentarians and Parliamentary Staff and Civil Society Organisations. However, unlike the API Round One where Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were given the opportunity to assess parliament, in the second round, the self-assessment methodology was strictly followed. CSOs were brought together with Parliamentarians and Parliamentary Staff to validate the responses the latter have provided.

Date: 2012

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API: Report on Tanzania

The second Tanzania API assessment was carried out in two main stages, starting with the self-assessment by Parliament with assistance from the key parliamentary staff in June, 2012 in Dodoma. This was followed by the validation meeting which took place in November in Dar es Salaam and involved the parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and CSOs. The validation meeting gave opportunity for the participants to validate the scores developed during the self-assessment.

Date: 2012

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API: Report on Senegal

This self-evaluation exercise was conducted during a workshop jointly organized by the Parliamentary Centre and the National Assembly of Senegal, on June 5th and June 6th, 2012 at Sally Portugal. The event saw MPs, parliamentary staff, representatives of the Parliamentary Centre and an Independant Assessor. Representatives of Civil Society Organizations were also included in the validation process.

Date: 2012

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API: Report on Ghana

This 2012 assessment focused on the same six (6) core areas assessed in 2010 namely, representation (accessibility) legislation, financial, oversight, institutional capacity and institutional integrity. In 2010, a four-point scale was applied to the indicators under these six areas. In 2012, this was varied using a sixpoint scale. The exercise was supported by parliamentary staff, an Independent Assessor and staff of PC. Their analysis was complemented with key informant interviews and validation with civil society.

Date: 2012

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API: Report on Benin

This self-assessment report of the Béninois Parliament is aimed at leading MPs, parliamentary staff and representatives of civil society organizations to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the National Assembly in the budget process.

Date: 2012

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API: Report on Kenya

The Kenya assessment was organized in two forms. It began in May 2012 with a self assessment by parliamentarians, with the support of parliamentary staffers from the Budget Office and Research departments. The assessment was facilitated by an independent country assessor. This was followed by a Civil Society Organization (CSOs) assessment/validation workshop, which sought to assess the perceptions of citizens groups about the performance of Parliament.

Date: 2012

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Budget Oversight in Tanzania

The purpose of this handbook was to assemble relevant information for the effective functioning of law makers in the area of budget oversight. It is intended to be a reference material for MPs who are new to the public budgeting process. It is a product of the Africa Parliamentary Strengthening Program (APSP) for Budget Oversight.

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Processus Budgetaire en Afrique

Le Programme Afrique de Renforcement Parlementaire (PARP) pour la surveillance budgétaire a été conçu par l’Agence canadienne de développement international et exécuté par le Centre Parlementaire avec la mission d’accroître les capacités et l’autorité des parlements africains ciblés (Bénin, Ghana, Kenya, Sénégal, Tanzanie, Ouganda et Zambie) tout en renforçant leur imputabilité, au cours du processus budgétaire, envers les citoyens. Par ailleurs, ce programme, vise à ériger le socle d’un centre de ressources durable, capable d’offrir l’appui aux parlements africains.

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An Assessment of Uganda’s Budget Act

This study is published by the Parliamentary Centre as part of its efforts to strengthen Parliamentary oversight of the Budget Process in Africa. This study sought to assess the effectiveness of the Uganda Budget Act, 2001 in as far as it has strengthened the Parliament’s oversight role and citizen participation in the budget making process.

Date: 2011

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The Yellow Book – A Zambia Pilot Study of Poverty Reduction Programs and Infrastructure Projects

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The Role of Parliamentary Committees in the Budget Process in Tanzania

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Local Government Budgeting and Implementation in Tanzania

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Parliamentary Oversight of Local Government Budgeting in Tanzania

Date: March 2011

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African Parliamentary Index Report

The African Parliametnary Index (API) is a set of indicators measuring parliamentary performance of seven African Parliaments, in particular linked to the level of engagement in the budget process in their respective countries.

Date: June 2011

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6th Annual Global Parliamentarians’ Summit Conference Report

Date: June 2010

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New Publication on the Budget Process in Africa

Date: 2010

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Report of the Workshop on the “Operationalization of the ECOWAS Peace Exchange”

Date: March 2009

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Parliamentarians and Corruption in Africa: The Challenge of Leadership and the Practice of Politics

Date: 2009

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Virtual Resources for Parliamentary Researchers: Perspectives and Experience From Around the World

Date: March 2005

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PRSPs in Africa: Parliaments and Economic Policy Performance

Date: 2005

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The Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA): Creating a Virtual Parliament

Date: December 2003

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