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  • Title: Financial Scrutiny for Parliamentary Staff
    Descriptive info: The Westminster Consortium.. Focus Areas.. / Financial Scrutiny for Parliamentary Staff.. Sudan Mirror Sheds Light.. Africa.. Europe.. Asia.. Middle East North Africa.. Articles.. Financial Scrutiny for Parliamentary Staff.. This course aims to improve the capability of parliamentary staff in financial scrutiny.. At the end of the course, participants will:.. understand the role of parliament in exercising financial oversight.. be able to identify ways in which they can provide better support to the relevant parliamentary committees.. be able to identify sources of external expert advice.. understand modern developments in public financial management.. understand the budget-setting process and be able to help committees scrutinise budget  ...   how it can work effectively with parliament.. draft a set of questions for a parliamentary committee to use during a public hearing.. be able to design succinct, hard-hitting reports with rigorous recommendations.. Each course will be followed by a week of practicum in which participants can apply new learning in a supportive environment.. During the practicum, NAO experts will observe staff and advise them on how to use their new skills to provide more effective support for parliamentary committees.. COURSE DETAILS.. Course.. : Financial Scrutiny for Parliamentary Staff.. Module.. : 1.. Provider.. : The National Audit Office.. Participants.. : 15.. Duration.. : 5 days..

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  • Title: Financial Oversight for Members of Parliament
    Descriptive info: / Financial Oversight for Members of Parliament.. Strengthening the Capacity of the Macedonia Parliamentary Human Rights Committee.. Financial Oversight for Members of Parliament.. The experience and challenges gained from parliamentarians working in Public Accounts and Budget Committees can often only be conveyed from member to member in a structured setting.. Members need to be aware of the nature of committee systems and their responsibilities as committee members.. They need to keep abreast of financial  ...   exchange on challenges experienced by parliamentarians working in Public Accounts and Budget Committees.. This will be conveyed by parliamentarians in a structured setting.. It will expose parliamentarians to the nature of the committee systems and their responsibilities as committee members.. It will provide an overview of financial instruments, economic policies and regional and global challenges.. : Financial Oversight for Members of Parliament.. : 3.. : Westminster Foundation for Democracy.. : 20.. : 20 days..

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  • Title: Parliamentary Training of Trainers Course
    Descriptive info: / Parliamentary Training of Trainers Course.. UK MPs share experience with women counterparts in Kurdistan Parliament.. Parliamentary Training of Trainers Course.. In a workshop setting, local partners, journalists and staff will learn how to provide training within the parliamentary environment.. The course passes on skills in course delivery and case study development.. : Parliamentary Training of Trainers Course.. : Thomson Reuters Foundation..

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  • Title: Parliamentary Media Communications for Parliamentary Staff
    Descriptive info: / Parliamentary Media Communications for Parliamentary Staff.. Citizens' Empowerment in Kenya.. Parliamentary Media Communications for Parliamentary Staff.. The course begins with a review of existing performance, a process which is enhanced if trainers have access to written communications within participants organisations before the course.. The course encourages active learning, asking participants to deliver communications based on an evolving case study of a  ...   as well as news releases for public consumption.. During the second stage, participants will focus on a political oversight and transparency issue case study in a workshop setting.. They will learn to write news releases, reports and briefing papers and will practise presentation skills and the delivery of information to camera for television distribution.. : Parliamentary Media Communications for Parliamentary Staff.. : 2..

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  • Title: Parliamentary Reporting for Journalists
    Descriptive info: / Parliamentary Reporting for Journalists.. Strengthening Financial Scrutiny in Macedonia.. Parliamentary Reporting for Journalists.. This course will enable journalists to write news stories with attractive headlines and arresting opening paragraphs.. Participants will be expected to absorb a broad knowledge of parliamentary procedures and oversight activity and be able  ...   economic model to understand how fiscal policy fits into an economy's context (no previous knowledge of economics is assumed).. The second stage of the course adopts a workshop setting in which participants will focus on a political oversight and transparency issue case study.. Course:.. Parliamentary Reporting for Journalists..

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  • Title: The Role of Parliaments in Upholding the Rule of Law
    Descriptive info: / The Role of Parliaments in Upholding the Rule of Law.. The Role of Parliaments in Upholding the Rule of Law.. This course is designed to improve the understanding of parliamentarians and civil society of the role of the parliament in upholding the rule of law and in strengthening the implementation of human rights obligations.. The particular focus of the course is on parliament s scrutiny, monitoring and oversight functions.. : The Role of Parliaments in Upholding the Rule of Law.. : The International Bar Association.. : 3 days..

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  • Title: Parliamentary communications and reporting improved at the Parliament of Georgia
    Descriptive info: / Parliamentary communications and reporting improved at the Parliament of Georgia.. Parliamentary Committees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Parliamentary communications and reporting improved at the Parliament of Georgia.. 27 September 2012.. The handbooks will help the Georgian journalists to better familiarise themselves with parliamentary activities, as well as learn about technology that underpins Western media and provide politicians with useful hints on effective communications with the reporters.. Davit Bakradze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, at the launch of two handbooks developed by Thomson Reuters Foundation.. Journalists in Georgia now have a better understanding of economic trends and the ability to accurately analyse, interpret and report on the government s actions, thanks to a training course organised by The Westminster Consortium (TWC).. The Financial News Writing course, delivered by Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF), was attended by 15 participants, 80% of whom were women journalists.. They represented TV channels including Imedi, Real and Achara TV, and newspapers Prime Time, Kviris Palitra and Versia.. The Georgian Parliament has more than 1,000 accredited journalists reporting on parliamentary proceedings.. In the absence of a formal orientation course for the journalists, TRF developed a Georgian focused guide on Parliamentary Reporting as well as an Effective  ...   Commenting on the course she said, After this training I will be looking at my government s financial activities with a more professional and thus critical eye.. The course included a section on new media, which has seen a Facebook group The Georgia Parliamentary Reporters Forum established, with more than 60 members enrolled, a number which grows daily.. Members include accredited parliamentary journalist and employees of the Press Service as well as the PR and Information Department of the Georgian Parliament.. The forum has enabled reporters to raise work-related issues and concerns as wells as share the articles with their colleagues.. The Georgian Government has recently adopted a new budgeting system.. The parliament is also due to hold its 7th legislative elections in the autumn of 2012.. With the ruling party, United National Movement, holding a 72% majority and low participation from civil society organisations, the media will be critical in scrutinising the country s finances and guiding citizens of Georgia through the often confusing parliamentary election process.. As the Georgian Government shifts towards performance budgeting, UKaid through the TWC Parliamentary Strengthening Programme, is now responding to the need for Georgian parliamentary journalists to be trained on budgetary issues.. back..

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  • Title: Lebanon to become the Parliamentary Strengthening Hub of the Arab World
    Descriptive info: / Lebanon to become the Parliamentary Strengthening Hub of the Arab World.. Developing the Skills of Young Iraqi Trade Unionists.. Lebanon to become the Parliamentary Strengthening Hub of the Arab World.. "As soon as I get back, I ll ask my superiors to assign a number of colleagues to research procedures of the different Arab and foreign Parliaments and come up with relevant recommendations to strengthen the work of our Parliament,".. Mr Sleiman Ben Khaled Ben Salem el Abd el Selem, Head of Department, Health Committee, Parliament of the Sultanate of Oman.. Since its launch in July 2011, the Lebanese Parliament s Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies (AIPTLS) has carried out two training workshops on committee work and financial oversight.. Both trainings brought local and international experts together to equip more than 50 parliamentary officials from across the region.. In the years leading to the institute s launch, the The Westminster Consortium (TWC) programme invested in local partners including the Lebanese University, to develop curriculum suitable for the region.. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) assisted the Lebanese Parliament and the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) to develop a business plan for the centre.. These local partners are  ...   ensure the presence of legislative experts in committee meetings, to help in drafting bills and reports And, el Eid Ashoury, from the Algerian Peoples National Chamber, stressed the importance of, Inviting representatives of relevant civil society organisations to give their opinion in committee meetings.. AIPTLS aims to help parliaments with expertise as well as guide and facilitate communication, learning and sharing between Arab parliaments.. The centre is focusing on equipping parliamentary officials with the tools and techniques to conduct their duties professionally and efficiently, and achieve better results.. UKAid s investment in the establishment of the Arab Institute was vital.. With the dawn of the Arab Spring, citizens are demanding greater accountability, transparency and delivery in democratic and social reforms by those in power.. Seventeen per cent of the region still lives on less than $2 per day and youth unemployment is rising.. Parliaments play a vital role in formulating and overseeing the legislation underpinning these reforms.. AIPTLS could influence the parliaments that affect the lives of more than 350 million people in the Middle East and North Africa region.. Working with other donors, TWC will continue to encourage the use of the AIPTLS to promote regional initiatives on parliamentary strengthening..

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  • Title: Getting Moroccan Parliamentarians off to a good start
    Descriptive info: / Getting Moroccan Parliamentarians off to a good start.. The Serbian Code of Conduct.. Getting Moroccan Parliamentarians off to a good start.. 04 July 2012.. "The induction planning workshop I attended, delivered by the House of Commons, inspired me in developing a framework for receiving our new MPs.. The parliament s administration learnt a lot and used this new knowledge to update the new members guide book.. Mr Nakhil Seddik, ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) caucus manager.. Following the Moroccan legislative elections in November 2011, the new Parliament welcomed 395 new Members of Parliament (MPs) more than 66% of whom were new to the role.. For the first time, and with thanks to The Westminster Consortium s (TWC) training programme, members received a proper induction.. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the House of Commons trained 28 Parliamentary managers on how to design a new member s orientation, induction and continuous development programme, tailored for Morocco.. Previously, new members were made to queue for hours to receive an induction pack with information on the constitution, organic laws, a guide book and other relevant laws without any explanation or support.. This was not effective and many of the new parliamentarians were discouraged  ...   using a new guidebook for orientation.. The PJD plans to organise more induction conferences and trainings for its members.. Nakhil inspired the other caucus managers to follow suit and they also obtained parliamentary support for their members induction programmes.. Before the opening session inDecember, the other caucus managers had contacted their members and asked them to report to the caucus offices for their induction programme.. The improvements made to the induction process meant the new members could establish clear foundations and expectations from their party and constituency, better understanding of parliamentary functions and the rules and procedures needed to effectively fulfill their roles as members.. The PJD and other new MPs expressed satisfaction with all aspects of the orientation and induction programme provided by caucuses.. Morocco has been moving quickly in the wake of the Arab spring to establish a constitutional monarchy.. The new constitution was adopted in July 2011 and elections conducted in October that year.. This constitution gives the parliament increased oversight powers and sets a minimum education requirement for parliamentarians.. The elections brought to power the moderate Islamic PJD party along with its 107 new members.. UKAid has enabled the TWC to provide ongoing capacity building to the Moroccan Parliament..

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  • Title: Parliament of Uganda establishes a standalone Committee on Human Rights
    Descriptive info: / Parliament of Uganda establishes a standalone Committee on Human Rights.. Women in Local Government in Sierra Leone.. Parliament of Uganda establishes a standalone Committee on Human Rights.. 18 April 2012.. "I am excited about the creation of a standalone committee on human rights because this will enable parliament to better prioritise and focus on human rights issues more critically than before.. Pius Biribonwoha, Director Legal and Legislative services, Parliament of Uganda.. Almost all pieces of legislation passed in parliaments worldwide have human rights implications.. In Uganda, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the Equal Opportunities Committee were allocated a secondary mandate to scrutinise bills passed through parliament, ensuring compliance with human rights laws.. This mandated duty led to bills being passed without thorough scrutiny of human rights issues.. Ugandan MPs and parliamentary staff worked closely with the Westminster Consortium (TWC) partners the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives (FHRI) to enhance Uganda s ability to be human rights compliant in its legislation process.. Over the last three years, Ugandan MPs and staff have enhanced their understanding of parliament s role in upholding the rule of law as well as implementing constitutional and international human rights obligations.. Following lengthy consultation processes, the TWC partners made a number of recommendations  ...   Human Rights Committee tests the compatibility of policies and legislation and ensures conformity to internationally agreed standards.. Therefore, the Human Rights Committee becomes essential to the realisation of the tripartite mandate of Parliament namely: representation, legislation and oversight.. The establishment of the HR committee would also help decrease the workload of the two committees that previously handled this duty.. As well as setting up the human rights committee, Pius is working closely with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and FHRI to encourage civil society organisations to assist in educating parliamentary staff on human rights issues in upcoming legislation.. Human Rights Watch s 2012 World Report on Uganda observed that due to a motion to maintain the legislative agenda of the previous parliament, several bills violate human rights law.. These include repressive bills like the Anti-Homosexuality Bill , proposing the death penalty for consensual same-sex activities; and the Public Order Management Bill , granting police broad discretionary powers in the management of public meetings.. UKAid through the TWC programme aims to increase parliament s respect for human rights and the rule of law.. TWCs partners WFD and IBA have produced a Human Rights Handbook for members and Staff which will not only be used in Uganda but also used to equip parliamentary staff across East Africa..

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  • Title: Resurrecting the Debate on Prisoner Health in Parliament
    Descriptive info: / Resurrecting the Debate on Prisoner Health in Parliament.. Training Young Political Leaders in Moldova.. Resurrecting the Debate on Prisoner Health in Parliament.. 03 April 2012.. The stories of individuals (prisoner s health) have been discussed by media, Civil Society Organisations and Ombudsman but it was not effectively addressed by the parliament and no decisions were made.. Due to TWC efforts the discussion has started again.. Volodymyr Rudyi, Head of Staff, Health Protection Committee, Parliament of Ukraine.. The protection of prisoners health remains a critical concern in a country with more than 157,000 people in detention.. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDs), Ukrainian prisoners are five times more likely to contract infections and diseases than the average Ukrainian and 15% more likely to contract and live with HIV/AIDs whilst in prison.. Although initially raised in parliament in 2008, civil society organisations (CSOs) have struggled to get any support for reforms.. In October 2011, 22 members of CSOs in the Ukraine took part in a training course on Engagement with Parliament Effective Participation in Legislation organized by the Westminster Consortium (TWC).. The course, developed by the University of Essex and TWC s local partners, the Laboratory for Legislative Initiatives (ALI) and the Centre for European  ...   of prisoners rights.. As a participant on the TWC course, Andriy developed his communication and research skills.. Teaming up with another CSO, the All-Ukrainian Network of People living with HIV/AIDs, during the course, Andriy prepared and presented a shadow report highlighting health protection issues in Ukrainian prisons.. The report concluded that the protection in Ukrainian prisons was continuously being violated and often leading to health-related prison deaths.. This research has developed a new wave of discussion within parliament with the hope of greater recognition of the human rights of prisoners and prison reform.. Following this report a number of cabinet departments, including the Ministry of Justice, have gone on to investigate and report on human rights issues in Ukrainian prisons.. The Ministry, for the first time ever, released its report on Human Rights Protection a day before a TWC parliamentary workshop on Human Rights.. At this workshop, the International Bar Association, a TWC partner, released a Ukrainian version of the Handbook on Human Rights for Members and Staff.. This gave MPs the opportunity to discuss both reports together.. UKAid, through TWC is continuing to work at improving the Human Rights Committees ability to develop legislation to international standards and encourage open professional dialogue between CSOs and the parliament..

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