Success Stories

Accountability Strengthening Program

Region: Eastern Europe

Description:

The Accountability Strengthening Program in Russia helped to introduce performance auditing in four Russian regions which focused on government programs with significant social impact, such as such as support to the disabled, healthcare, children in northern areas and road construction. The performance audits were an important tool for parliamentarians when assessing the effectiveness of government programs and to ensure the economic and efficient management of public funds.

An independent evaluation of the ASP concluded that the program was highly successful in contributing to the development and adoption of new approaches and policies for reforming oversight of public expenditure at the national and regional levels in the Russian Federation.

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African Parliamentary Poverty Reduction Network (APRN) Support Initiative

Region: Africa

Description:

A significant number of APRN alumnae have risen to positions of prominence within their governments. For instance, the former Minister of Women and Children Affairs in Ghana, now in charge of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, was a beneficiary of APRN’s budget oversight trainings and is currently at the forefront of promoting gender sensitive budgeting in the country. The Honourable Anne Makinda, former Chair of the APRN Executive Committee, has recently been elected Speaker of the Parliament of Tanzania.

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African Parliamentary Strengthening Program (APSP) for Budget Oversight

Region: Africa

Description:

The APSP is a program that is built on partnerships and involvement of the partner parliaments during the planning, implementation and evaluation of program activities. A significant achievement of the program has been that all partner parliaments have signed a memorandum of understanding which guides the relationship between the parliaments and the Centre throughout the project. This demonstrates everyone’s commitment to achieving APSP objectives. The MOU also commits all partner parliaments to contribute in kind towards project cost.

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Cambodia-Canada Legislative Support Program

Region: Asia

Description:

The Cambodia-Canada Legislative Support Program was instrumental in establishing a functioning Women’s Caucus in the Cambodian Parliament, which has helped women parliamentarians to reach across party lines and facilitate discussion.

The CCLS strongly contributed to improve the capacity of parliamentarians to initiate and consider legislation using various sources of information and analysis, in part by ensuring the involvement of the Cambodian civil society and general public in the parliamentary process.

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Canada-China Legislative Cooperation Project

Region: Asia

Description:

As a result of the Canada-China Legislative Cooperation Project, on September 27, 2005, the National People`s Congress organized the first legislative hearing in its history that involved citizens from all across the country to make open comments on a draft of a legislative bill (Personal Income Tax Act).

After exposures to Canadian budgeting making and oversight practices, the Budget Affairs Commission of the NPC made recommendations to the NPC leaders that departmental estimates submitted to them contain specific information to link budget allocation to expenditure lines and performance targets. Eventually CCLCP outputs contributed to the budget reform action in 2007 which changed the budget item classification with the introduction of practices similar to those of Canada.

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Canada-Russia Parliamentary Program (CRPP)

Region: Eastern Europe

Description:

Under the project, the Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation developed performance audit methodology that was employed in two pilot audits, the results of which were reviewed by the appropriate Federal Assembly Committees.

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Capacity Building Support to the Parliament of Rwanda Project

Region: Africa

Description:

The project has contributed to increasing the capacity of parliamentary staff to provide relevant information and analysis of bills to Standing Committees in the Parliament of Rwanda. The Secretariats have received hands-on training on how to manage, administer and support the work of MPs and improve policies and management infrastructures. MPs have also increased their knowledge on how to interpret and analyze the budget and other budget framework documentation presented to them every year by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning. In addition, administrative staff from both Chambers have received media training on how to communicate confidently and effectively with both constituents and Civil Society Organizations.

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Conflict Prevention through Parliaments (ECOWAS)

Region: Africa

Description:

The project contributed directly to the creation of the Parliamentary Group on Conflict (PGC) by Parliament of ECOWAS. In addition, female MP members ECOFEPA have indicated that the Project was invaluable in revitalizing the network and helping to give space to the area of gender and in the development of the gender strategy, which will be critical for its work in the sub-region.

The Fourth Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Victoria Saidu Kamara (Sierra Leone), is well known for championing the cause of the victims in the border dispute and conflict between Sierra Leone and Guinea and also for fighting against the practice of female genital mutilation. She embarked on this campaign after the first training session on Conflict Prevention and Management and has reportedly presented papers in plenary to this effect. She has been appointed the Minister for Tourism in Sierra Leone, and she communicated that her priority, as indicated by the President, is for her to rebrand Sierra Leone as a country that has ‘recovered’ from conflict.

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Financial Scrutiny Project

Region: Africa

Description:

The main achievement of the Financial Scrutiny Project in Ghana was to open the proceedings of the Public Accounts Committee, which has now been institutionalized. This has boosted Parliament’s efforts to increase accountability and transparency, combat corruption and to improve budget oversight and resource allocation. This in turn has renewed the confidence of the public in the ability of Parliament to oversee the Executive, as well as made public financial management procedures and financial officials of the public service more transparent and accountable.

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Ghana Parliamentary Budget and Finance Unit Project

Region: Africa

Description:

The project contributed directly to introducing a Bi-partisan Draft Budget Bill making provision for a Parliamentary Budget Office.

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Ghana Parliamentary Committee Support Project, Phase Two

Region: Africa

Description:

The support provided to key committees of the Parliament of Ghana through the GPCSP II has directly contributed to the the passage of strategic legislations towards sustained poverty reduction, namely the Human Trafficking Act and the Domestic Violence Act (Act 732).

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Haiti Parliamentary Support Project (HPSP)

Region: Americas

Description:

The Haiti Parliamentary Support Project (HPSP) helped empower female electoral candidates through a six-cycle training program, with a view to increase female representation in decision-making positions and as elected representatives. This unique support system to the candidates was built up through the training of local coaches who in turn provided hands-on training and mentorship to the candidates in their communities on lobbying, leadership skills, communication in politics, campaign organization etc.

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Needs Assessment of the National Council of Bhutan

Region: Asia

Description:

The Centre’s intervention in Bhutan was successful in that we highlighted key areas of development in the National Council. This assessment laid the groundwork for larger long-term projects for the future, which will ultimately help support parliamentary democracy in Bhutan.

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Parliament in Transition – Strengthening Accountability in Serbia

Region: Eastern Europe

Description:

The project has helped increase dialogue and citizen participation in Serbia through participation of CSOs particularly during the budget. In July 2009, public hearings became obligatory before the adoption of the state budget, which the project contributed to. The project also helped ensure that public hearings are a crucial part of the National Assembly’s Rules of Procedure.

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Parliamentary and Political Party Strengthening Program in Pakistan (PPPSP)

Region: Asia

Description:

On February 18, 2010, the National Assembly of Pakistan held its first pre-budget consultation where the views from CSOs and academic institutions were sought. In addition, close to 200 Members of Parliaments received pre-budget briefings as part of the project to better present recommendations in relation to relevant sectors of the budget.

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Peace Building & Strengthening of Parliamentary Institutions in Sudan

Region: Africa

Description:

One achievement of the project in Sudan was the successful creation of a platform for MPs from different political parties to sit together and dialogue through induction trainings and other systematic multi-party and gender-balanced activities.

The project in Sudan was instrumental in building bridges within and between the two legislatures. Several successful inter-parliamentary initiatives were implemented where parliamentarians from both the Sudan National Assembly (SNA) and the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) came together not only to discuss but also to take important steps in addressing contentious issues. The highlight of these initiatives was undoubtedly a 3-day workshop on the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Sudanese economy, attended by the SNA, SSLA, the Ministries of Finance, Energy and Mining, Agriculture, the Central Bank of Sudan, Bank of Southern Sudan and the North and South Chambers of Commerce.

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Southeast Europe Parliamentary Program

Region: Eastern Europe

Description:

Through experience based mentorship and the involvement of several prominent Canadians, the Parliamentary Centre supported the Serbian National Assembly to draft a law on the State Audit Institution, which was later passed in parliament.

The Parliamentary Centre helped the National Assembly of Bosnia Herzegovina to establish a Research Centre, which greatly contributed to increasing the capacity of the legislature to support its parliamentary committes with critical research support. The Research Centre has also helped the committees in holding public hearings on topics such as post-secondary education in eight cities across BiH.

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Strengthening Parliamentary and Civil Society Oversight of Oil, Gas and Mining Revenues in Ghana

Region: Africa

Description:

The project has assembled a team of experts that have been able to provide technical support and expert analysis on various bills on petroleum under parliamentary consideration. The team has supported parliamentarians to make the appropriate amendments and in one case even moved to withdraw a bill (the Ghana Petroleum Exploration & Production Bill) for redrafting.

Following a training on Oil & Gas Governance, the participating MPs requested that the Parliamentary Centre be invited to make a special presentation to all MPs of the House, given the importance of the subject. This was the first time an outside organisation was permitted to make such a presentation on the floor of Parliament.

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Strengthening the Role of Parliaments in Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in the Americas

Region: Americas

Description:

ParlAmericas (known as Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas – FIPA – until September 2011), through its Plenary Assemblies, has contributed to bring current regional subjects such as the role of women in parliament, hemispheric security, and the challenges and opportunities of hemispheric integration and regional economic development to the forefront of inter-parliamentary discussions. It has also helped create working groups which focus on issues considered particularly relevant or urgent, as well as the standing Group of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas.

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