The National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Sunlight Foundation and the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency launched the website www.openingparliament.org to serve as a forum to help connect the world's civic organizations engaged in monitoring, supporting and opening up their countries' parliaments and legislative institutions.
On 8 August, the United Nations, through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, the Library of the Parliament of Finland and the IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments, held a one-day Training titled "Strategic Management of ICT in Parliamentary Libraries”.
In the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments,” the Global Centre recently completed a second technical assistance mission to the Parliament of Botswana from 6 to 8 June 2012.
Between 21 and 25 May a technical assistance mission team visited the Senate of Haiti in Port-Au-Prince. The team consisting of a UN representative, and two experts kindly provided by the House of Commons of Canada, and the Swiss Federal Parliament, conducted an assessment of the state of ICT, and made a mapping of future ICT needs. This first mission will be followed by a second mission in June that will focus on the development of an ICT strategic plan for the Senate of Haiti.
Second assessment mission to the National Assembly and Senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Following the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament's first technical assistance missions to the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March 2012 and the Senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in April 2012, respectively, where the ICT capabilities of both chambers were assessed, a second technical assistance mission took place from 21 to 25 May 2012. The follow-up joint-mission, which fell within the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments,” finalised the assessment reports from both first missions while also submitting individual draft ICT strategic plans to the National Assembly and Senate for their respective consideration.
Between 30 April and 10 May a technical assistance mission team from the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, with expertise kindly provided by the Senate of the Netherlands, carried out an evaluation of the state of ICT at the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis, and assisted the parliamentary officials with the formulation of an ICT Strategic Plan for the National Assembly, including a vision statement for the use of ICT, strategic goals, objectives and an implementation road map.
At the Conference "PMO Leaders Conference on Parliamentary Transparency and Networking" concluded on 2 May 2012, parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) from all regions of the world shared their experiences and good practices on a host of topics, from monitoring political finance to advocating for greater transparency of parliamentary information. The PMOs at the conference agreed to continue to work together in a number of concrete areas, including a shared declaration of principles on parliamentary transparency.
Between 23 and 27 April a second technical mission to the Parliament of Grenada took place. The mission was led by the National Project Officer of CARICAD supported by a Senior Parliamentary Expert from the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, as well by a Senior IT Manager of the House of Representatives of Australia.
Following the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament's first technical assistance mission to the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique in September 2011, where an assessment of the Assembly's ICT capabilities was taken, a second technical assistance mission took place from 23 to 27 April 2012.
Within the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments” the Global Centre will undertook a first technical assistance mission to the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 23 to 27 April 2012. The mission focused on perception and understanding of the vision, mission and core values of the National Assembly and made an assessment of the ICT systems in order to deliver a report with strateg
Publication date:April 2012
The Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations Development Programme released the Global Parliamentary Report on the evolving relationship between citizens and parliaments. The Report analyzes parliamentary strategies to engage with citizens and argues that parliaments need to be in a constant process of evolution.
Date:Tue, 17/04/2012 - Wed, 18/04/2012
The Global Centre for ICT in Parliament moderated the session on Legislative Perspectives at the Annual High-Level Conference. The conference was an opportunity to showcase the progress made so far in these key areas of governance, and to formally welcome 42 new countries into the partnership.Twitter: #OGP2012
Date:Mon, 14/05/2012 - Wed, 16/05/2012
The "Second Workshop ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments" concluded with the official launch of the SADC PF community of practice on ICT strategic planning, discussions concerning the benefits of inter-parliamentary cooperation, how to address the challenge of resource constraints, and closing remarks from SADC PF and UNDESA's Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.
The second technical mission to the Parliament of Saint Lucia took place between 26 and 30 March. The mission was led by the National Project Officer of CARICAD supported by a Senior Parliamentary ICT Advisor of the Global Center. Thanks to the excellent follow up and organization of the Parliament of Saint Lucia the second mission was able to take place so quick after the first one (at the beginning of March).
The Global Centre for ICT in Parliament is currently undertaking a Technical Assistance Mission to the Parliament of Palestine from 25 to 28 March. The Mission team focuses on the ICT organization, services, infrastructure, parliamentary website and information dissemination, and human resources. The Mission had fruitful meetings with the Secretary General, General Directors and MPs .