PMO Leaders Conference on Parliamentary Transparency and Networking

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Date: 
Mon, 30/04/2012 - Wed, 02/05/2012
Organization: 
Sunlight Foundation, the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, NDI, WBI, the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, and the National Endowment for Democracy

A recently published survey of parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and World Bank Institute (WBI) identifies more than 190 PMOs that are monitoring the performance and functioning of over 82 national parliaments. PMOs show great promise in strengthening democratic governance. However, PMOs share a number of common challenges, including a lack of parliamentary transparency. Increasing opportunities for PMOs to share experiences and good practices can enhance monitoring activities and strengthen the ability of PMOs to work collaboratively to meet common goals.

To help provide a platform for cooperation among PMOs, the Sunlight Foundation, the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, NDI, WBI, the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, and the National Endowment for Democracy are co-hosting a two-and-a-half-day conference in Washington, D.C., for global PMO leaders. The conference seeks to foster discussion on international strategies for improving access to parliamentary information on the national level, including a transparency “pledge” for parliaments, which would be available for comment on the AGORA web portal in advance of the conference. The conference also would provide an opportunity for PMOs to share good practices for monitoring parliamentary transparency, discuss collaborative ideas for addressing common challenges, and explore engagement in international fora to raise awareness of PMOs and their work.

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Location

Washington D.C.
United States
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