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Second technical assistance mission to the Parliament of Swaziland

Following the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament's first technical assistance mission to the Parliament of Swaziland in June 2011, where an assessment of the Parliament's ICT capabilities was taken, a second technical assistance mission took place from 23 to 27 January 2012. The follow-up mission, which falls within the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in SADC Parliaments”, used the findings made in the assessment and aim to assist the legislature in developing an ICT strategic plan.

Second technical assistance missions to the National Assembly of Belize and the Parliament of Barbados

Following the first technical assistance missions carried out by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament in September and November 2011, respectively to the National Assembly of Belize and the Parliament of Barbados in the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments”, the second missions took place between 19 January and 1 February with the aim of assisting each legislature with the formulation of a shared vision for ICT and a strategic plan. In addition the technical missions will advise on the technical implementation options.

Regional Seminar on “Emerging Trends and Challenges for ICT in Parliaments”

Date: 
Mon, 16/01/2012 - Tue, 17/01/2012

USAID’s funded parliamentary program implemented in Beirut by the State University of New York/Center for International Development (SUNY/CID)  and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament organized the regional seminar on “Emerging Trends and Challenges for ICT in Parliaments" on 16 and 17 January 2012.  The event, addressed to Arab parliaments, took place at the newly established Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies, within the premises of the Lebanese Parliament, under the sponsorship of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) and the Lebanese Parliament.

First Technical Assistance Mission to the National Assembly of Namibia

In the framework of the European Commission funded project Support to ICT Strategic Planning in SADC Parliaments, a first technical mission has been undertaken to the National Assembly of Namibia (12 to 16 December 2011) to carry out an assessment of the status of ICT in the Parliament and make initial recommendations for the development of an ICT Strategic Plan.

Second Technical Assistance Mission to the National Assembly of Angola

In the framework of the project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in the SADC Parliaments”, a second technical assistance mission was conducted to the National Assembly of Angola (5 to 9 December 2011) by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and the SADC Parliamentary Forum, with support from experts from the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal and the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil. Following the initial assessment undertaken earlier this year, the second mission focused on collecting additional information about the ICT environment of the Assembly, reviewing and updating the assessment report from the first mission, and drafting an ICT strategic plan for the Parliament with specific objectives and a roadmap for implementation.

First technical assistance mission to the National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname

The technical assistance mission team from the Global Centre with support from the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, succesfully completed the first mission to the National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname. Besides assessing the ICT infrastructure, organization, services delivery within the institution a thourough analysis was made of the archiving standards, policies and needs.

First technical assistance mission to the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

From 5 to 9 December in the framework of the European Commission funded project Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments, a first technical assistance mission visited the "Red House" and other parliamentary buildings, to carry out an assessment on the state of ICT at the Parliament.

First Technical Assistance Mission to the Parliament of Sierra Leone

At the request of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament fielded a technical assistance mission to analyse the current use of information and communication technologies in the Parliament of Sierra Leone, from 21 to 25 November 2011. The mission focused on the assessment of the state of technology of the parliament taking into consideration the existing parliamentary process, procedures and organizational framework.

Second technical assistance mission to the Houses of Assembly of Dominica

Following the first technical assistance mission carried out by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament to the House of Assembly of Dominica, from 14-18 November 2011 in the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments”, the second mission took place with the aim of assisting the House of Assembly with the formulation of a shared vision for ICT and Strategic Plan.

First technical assistance mission to the Houses of Parliament of Grenada

From 14-18 November in the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments”, a first technical assistance mission visited the Houses of Parliament of Grenada. The mission team was strengthened with support from the Parliament of Australia, through the provision of a senior IT expert.

First Technical assistance mission to the National Assembly of Tanzania

Within the framework of the European Commission funded project “Support to ICT Strategic Planning in SADC Parliaments”, the Global Centre undertook a technical assistance mission to the National Assembly of Tanzania from 31 October to 4 November 2011. The mission focused on perception and understanding of the vision, mission and core values of the Parliament and made the assessment of the ICT system in order to deliver a report with strategic direction and recommendations.

First technical assistance mission to the National Assembly of Belize

In the framework of the European Commission funded project Support to ICT Strategic Planning in Caribbean Parliaments”, a first technical assistance mission visited the National Assembly of Belize from 11 to 14 October 2011. The team met with the Clerk of the National Assembly, Officers of the Main Office and Registry Section, as well as with the ICT focal point to understand and assess the current state of ICT in the parliament.
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First Technical Assistance Mission to the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique

In the framework of the European Commission funded project Support to ICT Strategic Planning in SADC Parliaments”, a first technical mission was conducted to the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique (19 to 23 September 2011) to carry out an assessment of the status of ICT in the Parliament and make initial recommendation for the ICT Strategic Plan.

A Longitudinal Assessment of the Use of ICTs by Members of the Scottish Parliament

Authors: 
Colin F. Smith; C. William R. Webster
Publication date: 
August 2011

The Internet, specifically web-based technologies, are now central to some of the information flows associated with the operation of core components of the polity, including its democratic institutions. Such technologies have been widely characterised in the literature as offering the potential for democratic renewal and reinvigoration. This paper takes as its focus the use of new technologies, mostly web-based, by members of the devolved parliamentary legislature in Scotland. Members of Scotland’s devolved parliament make a novel case for analysis for two reasons.

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