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  • Title: Writing financial news in the snowy mountains of Georgia
    Descriptive info: The Westminster Consortium.. Articles.. / Writing financial news in the snowy mountains of Georgia.. Africa.. Europe.. Asia.. Middle East North Africa.. Focus Areas.. Writing financial news in the snowy mountains of Georgia.. 20 February 2012.. My visit to Georgia was not my first trip to the Caucasus area but certainly one of the most amazing and amusing ones.. On a cold, late-January Monday morning, we all gathered in Tbilisi s Freedom Square to go to the mountains of Bakuriani for the Financial News Writing course, run jointly by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and Thomson Reuters Foundation.. The temperature was just below freezing on a gray day with the sky heavy with snow.. Freedom Square had witnessed many major events in Georgia s history including the restoration of Georgia s independence in 1991 and the Rose Revolution in 2003 that prompted resignation of Shevardnadze and brought a change of power in the country.. It took us almost three hours to get to our training venue the mountains of Bakuriani, where the temperature measured -17 degrees.. We started the course with a full class of 15 participants from various TV channels including Imedi, Real and Achara TV and newspapers including Prime Time, Kviris Palitra and Versia.. Unlike many other training courses, the majority of participants were women, leaving us with only two male participants.. For a long time Georgia has witnessed rough times of corruption within the government and the larger political-economic system.. However, with the advent of changes in Government s current anti-corruption policy,  ...   be publicly available.. It then falls upon everyone in the parliament to form their opinions on it.. Georgians, as well as being great entertainers, have an incredible sense of commitment.. This became evident when the two parliamentary speakers booked to speak at the course battled the terrible weather and long journey to deliver their speeches.. On the second day, Gia Khuroshvili, the Government s Parliamentary Secretary and speaker, talked about programme budgeting in Georgian Government.. Mr.. Khuroshvili explained the budget cycle, the way it is drafted and presented to the parliament.. He said, The best way to achieve quality reports and coverage of the news by journalists is to have specific knowledge and expertise in one or two certain domains as opposed to all topics.. The participants really enjoyed the exercises throughout the course as it made learning more active.. The last day s focus was more on the bond market and why it can seem intimidating.. The course ended with a speech made by David Bakradze, the Chairman of Georgia s Parliament, who spoke about how the Government manages its budget by giving the participants a comprehensive budget breakdown for Georgia.. Bakradze pointed out that, the budget deficit in Georgia today is less than many EU countries and this is something Georgia is proud of.. We left the course after the third day while the participants stayed for another two more days of training on the use of new media, with a focus on social networking and blogging.. source:.. http://www.. trust.. org/trustmedia/blogs/trustmedia-staff-blog/writing-financial-news-in-the-snowy-mountains-of-georgia/.. back..

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  • Title: Financial Oversight Conference promotes greater openness and transparency
    Descriptive info: / Financial Oversight Conference promotes greater openness and transparency.. Parliamentary Committees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Financial Oversight Conference promotes greater openness and transparency.. 25 January 2012.. The TWC Conference on Financial Oversight attended by delegates from Lebanon, Ukraine, Morocco, Uganda, Mozambique and Georgia discussed strategies to promote greater cooperation between Parliaments, Supreme Audit Institutions and Ministries of Finance.. The conference that took place in Beirut brought representatives from each of these institutions together to share best practice and encourage reform.. In summing up the Conference, Mr Yasin Jaber MP, Representative of the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament made the following remarks:.. This has been an invaluable and timely Conference and I think we all need to congratulate ourselves.. It was set up to be as participative as possible through the production of country posters, through keeping presentations short to allow for maximum discussion from the floor, and through the break out session yesterday dealing with the hypothetical and today looking at what each of us can do in our own countries.. But creating this space had risks.. If you had not participated actively the conference would have fallen flat.. But you did participate with the Chairs having difficulties at times ending the sessions because many hands were still raised.. And your participation was very evident and the results stronger because of it.. I come away with a strong sense of movement, of change, - we often talk about what we need to do, where the gaps are but we must remember and celebrate the progress we have all made in recent years.. Change is hard, often slow and incremental.. For me, some of the strong themes emerging from the Conference were:.. The importance of openness and transparency opening up proceedings, shining the spotlight of publicity on our work and our results.. This will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on the scrutiny of public funds;.. Operating across the political divide it easy for all of us to score political points but, as our colleagues from Uganda  ...   had been reduced making it easier to track allocations.. Our parliamentary staff need to produce concise focused briefs and here in Lebanon we are expecting great things from our new Advisory Unit.. We also, as MPs, need to be better at managing meetings and as our UK colleagues mentioned better at asking question and being brief;.. One of the things which our Georgina colleagues reminded us was the importance of political will and culture in effecting reforms in financial oversight difficult to manage but if we ignore this aspect of change we are rarely likely to be successful;.. It is important also that we look for objective measures of our success Mozambique reminded us of the importance of PEFA the World Bank tool for assessing the state of a country s public financial management system;.. And my final point is in the importance of simplicity and persistence.. We need to prepare concise guidelines, making sure that what we produce can be understood by all the International Budget Partnership talked of the importance of citizen s budgets and other tools for involving wider audiences in understanding public finances.. And we need to keep plugging the same messages ensuring that new MPs and staff also are exposed to best practices in public scrutiny.. I hope this has been a useful conference.. We have sought to bring together in these days representatives to all the core groups involved in the oversight of public finances in a country.. This afternoon you have made some commitments, the challenge now is to maintain the momentum.. We encourage you to have follow-up meetings when you return home with your various oversight committees, audit institutions and ministries of finance to share your ideas.. You have many resources to call on - yourselves, the other contacts you have made at this conference and the broader resources of the Westminster Consortium and the materials such as the Hypothetical, the Guide launched last night and other related tools.. Download.. Improving Parliamentary Oversight: A Guide for Parliamentary Staff..

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  • Title: Georgian Parliament takes strategic steps ahead
    Descriptive info: / Georgian Parliament takes strategic steps ahead.. Citizens' Empowerment in Kenya.. Georgian Parliament takes strategic steps ahead.. 27 September 2011.. First time in its history Parliament of Georgia, with a support of Westminster Consortium Programme (TWC), started developing a document that will reflect parliamentary officials vision on improving the key functions of the institution in a short and medium-term perspective.. To a great extent the process was triggered by Georgian government s decision to relocate Parliament from the capital to the second largest city of Georgia Kutaisi in 2012.. On 20-22 July, 2011 Westminster Consortium Programme held a workshop at which the programme s local partner Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG), presented findings of the institutional needs assessment revealed through interviews with MPs and staff members.. The parliamentary delegation composed of the first Deputy Chairman Micheil Machavariani, MP Khatuna Gogorishvili, MP Lasha Tordia, Chief of Staff Davit Janiashvili along with his two deputies - Alexandre Tabatadze and Iakob Iosebashvili, Chief of Chairman s Cabinet Davit Dondua, Chairman s assistants Irakli Ujmajuridze and Archil Machavariani and Head of Human Resources  ...   problems encountered by the Scottish Parliament during its interim relocation in 1999.. As Mr.. Thomson presided over the team being in charge of planning and delivering parliament s interim move he provided his Georgian colleagues with first-hand information and advice.. After two-days discussion workshop participants agreed to develop two main documents: one containing their recommendations for the next parliament on medium-term strategic plan concept while other presenting parliament s interim development plan which directly relates to the Parliament s scheduled relocation.. The latter will address parliament s legal, logistical and other aspects necessary to be dealt with throughout the next 16-18 months in order to ensure legislature s effective and unhampered function after its relocation.. As members of parliamentary leadership noted the workshop created a precedent of discussing the details of parliament s relocation openly and giving them time to reflect on the implications of the move for the parliament.. WFD is the first organization which actively participates in this process encouraging the parliament to make maximum use of the opportunity to position itself as an open and accessible institution..

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  • Title: The CHOGM Affair in Uganda: TWC Strengthening Weaknesses in the Oversight
    Descriptive info: / The CHOGM Affair in Uganda: TWC Strengthening Weaknesses in the Oversight.. The Serbian Code of Conduct.. The CHOGM Affair in Uganda: TWC Strengthening Weaknesses in the Oversight.. 21 September 2011.. staff were able to guide us on precedents that were taken before on similar issues and how best we should handle a particular issue that we were facing at that time.. with guidance from the staff, I was able to analyse and interpret figures in the Auditor General's report to find hidden information that I used to question the witness.. ".. Hon.. Margaret Kiboijana, Member of the Ugandan Public Accounts Committee (2010).. Parliamentary oversight of government expenditure is an essential component of transparent and accountable democracy and vital to improving delivery of public services.. The Westminster Consortium (TWC) is working with local partners to strengthen Parliament s accountability committees, parliamentary media and strengthening relations between parliament and the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG), Uganda s supreme audit institution, as part of its GTF programme.. TWC programme in Uganda complements ongoing efforts of the NAO and others to strengthen the OAG.. In 2010, the OAG presented a critical report to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Uganda s hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007.. The report highlighted mismanagement of public funds, improper procurement of contracts and allegations of fraud across many government departments which resulted in a budget overspend of an estimated 230 billion Ugandan  ...   supporting journalists improve their skills in reporting on parliaments including how to communicate these types of inquiries better to the public.. The training encouraged me to move out of my comfort zone and find sources in the least expected areas.. I found courage to interview witnesses who appeared in the committee after the [CHOGM] meetings and this gave me an opportunity to follow up on some of the pointers that were touched on in the committee but left hanging.. This further enriched my story.. Kenneth Lukwago, Parliamentary Reporter for Radio One and Radio Two- Akaboozi.. Most journalists who completed the five-day TWC course in parliamentary reporting, delivered by Africa Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) and Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2009-10, produced stories on the CHOGM report and several ran articles and features throughout the following year on the many ongoing investigations into corruption highlighted in the report.. The CHOGM report remains controversial in Uganda.. The PAC s report with recommendations was eventually adopted in April 2011, however the reports handling by parliament received criticism from the opposition and investigations into individual allegations are ongoing.. Parliamentary oversight in Uganda has some way to go but TWC is working hard with partners to support moves in the right direction.. The UK government and development agencies increasingly recognise the importance of stronger and more capable parliaments in developing countries as central to their wider support to good governance, aid effectiveness and poverty reduction agendas..

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  • Title: Tackling Agricultural Reform in Mozambique
    Descriptive info: / Tackling Agricultural Reform in Mozambique.. Promoting Information Sharing.. Tackling Agricultural Reform in Mozambique.. After participating in the first stage of the Oficina Approach, the President of Agriculture, Rural Development, Economic Activities and Services Commission, Francisco Mucanheia said, it s an innovative and effective way, not only in creating skills and knowledge, but also to boost the parliamentarians action in law making where there are so many challenges.. Introducing the Oficina approach of Learning by Doing the TWC programme in Mozambique has been helping the agriculture commission start the process of analysing the current body of Mozambican legislation and regulations in order to introduce a new all encompassing agriculture bill.. At present just 12% of arable land is cultivated and half of the rural population (approximately one-third of the total population) lives below the poverty line and is highly vulnerable to food insecurity due to natural disasters and other factors including rising HIV infection rates.. Almost all rural households depend on agriculture as their main source of food and income.. Agriculture contributes about 78.. 5% of total employment and 87.. 3% of female economically active.. A difficult set of conditions contribute to the problem of food security, including poor education, poor access to markets and production inputs, poor infrastructure of all kinds and poor access to financing.. In addition, the rural population is geographically dispersed, thus increasing costs of providing infrastructure and  ...   little capacity to create and analyse laws.. This results from a lack of skills and knowledge among staff and members.. This problem has also been compounded by the number of first time members entering parliament after the 2009 elections and have not receive any form of induction or training.. The TWC developed the Oficina approach of helping parliamentary committees through a step by step process of developing relevant legislation and oversight in a practical way as a means of training members and staff.. Initially, working with four committees, the approach involves local partners, government departments, donors, civil society and the media in the process.. Before we took part in our first oficina we had a lot of issues and ideas to tackle.. Above all, we have a big will to solve many of them by creating laws where necessary.. Unfortunately the lack of experience and knowledge about legislation was a big challenge.. Today, after this exercise, we feel that we can go a bit further and end up with concrete results.. These were the words of Telmina Pereira, President of the Gender, Social Issues and Environment Commission.. Through Oficina, her committee will be developing their oversight skills by conducting an enquiry into the environmental impact of government s macroeconomic projects.. Although the programme only has resources to cover 4 committees, Speaker Verónica Macamo, would like to have Oficinas for all the parliamentary committees..

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  • Title: Articles
    Descriptive info: / Articles.. Women in Local Government in Sierra Leone.. Showing records 11 to 20 of 48.. Tools Are Identified.. Now It’s Time To See How They Are Used.. 27 May 2011.. Most of the tools described at the handbook on human rights are available for the Ukrainian Parliament.. The question is whether they are used in practice? One of the examples is the constitutional petition, the introduction of which has been discussed….. Learning from the South African Parliament’s Strategic Planning Experience.. On 28 February - 1 March 2011 the Westminster Consortium Programme in the Parliament of Georgia organised a study visit to the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa to learn about the strategic planning process of the South African Parliament.. ….. Human Rights and Parliaments: Handbook for members and staff.. 15 April 2011.. TWC launches a new handbook on Human Rights and Parliaments to support member and staff dealing with new legislation on Human Rights issues.. IBA and TWC provide forum for international discussion on human rights and the role of parliament.. 13 April 2011.. Human rights and the role of parliament are being discussed today  ...   09 February 2011.. Thomson Reuters Foundation has launched its first Parliamentary Reporting Journalism Competition as part of The Westminster Consortium programme.. Ugandan, Biritsh counterparts brainstorm efficiency in the Ugandan Parliamentary Service.. 12 January 2011.. UK and Uganda colleagues, in an event coordinated by the Parliamentary Study Centre, have collaborated on ways to improve the Ugandan parliamentary service in Kampala.. Georgian MPs Discuss Financial Oversight with the UK Colleagues.. 08 November 2010.. As parliaments are challenged by the growing complexity of financial oversight, a good working relationship between Parliament, the Ministry of Finance and the Supreme Audit Institution is becoming increasingly vital.. Through the TWC programme Georgian….. Moroccan Parliamentary Delegation visits Westminster.. 12 October 2010.. The Westminster Consortium invited a delegation of parliamentarians from Morocco to identify key areas of engagement on a parliamentary support programme.. Building an ethics regime in legislatures.. 22 September 2010.. WFD has recently release a new handbook on parliamentary ethics and conduct.. The objective of the Handbook is to provide reform-minded parliamentarians with clear and useful guidance to develop the various building blocks of an effective ethics and….. previous.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. next..

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    Descriptive info: Showing records 21 to 30 of 48.. How much of what we learn on training courses really sticks?.. 06 September 2010.. Skills and strategies to make adult learning more effective were at the heart of a three-day WFD course designed to train trainers in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, between 16-18 August 2010.. TWC Network Workshop Recommendations.. 24 August 2010.. The first workshop of The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy Parliamentary Network took place from 7-8 July 2010 at the Thomson Reuters Building Canary Wharf, London, UK.. Call for Proposals: Westminster Consortium GTF Programme Mid Term Review.. 23 August 2010.. The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy (TWC), led by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), is implementing a £5 million programme funded by DFID’s Governance and Transparency Fund over five years until 2013.. How the TWC London Workshop shaped my outlook.. 06 August 2010.. A look at the new grading system of Ugandan MPs and how  ...   training so why is it that MPs only get a few weeks and then are expected to know what they are doing?.. Dr Luke Okumu shares his experience and knowledge at the first TWC workshop.. As a trainer of members and staff at the Ugandan parliament Dr Okumu found the workshop very beneficial.. Sheila Muwanga shares her stories from her time at the first TWC workshop.. 03 August 2010.. The Ugandan delegation at the workshop agreed that they found their time in London useful.. Here, Sheila Muwanga tells us about her eventful time in Canary Wharf.. TWC Programme Earns Accreditation in Ukraine.. 20 July 2010.. Training of parliamentary staff in Ukraine is now accredited and results in a recognised qualification.. TWC Staff Workshop: Towards Sustainability and Impact.. 14 July 2010.. WFD staff from five TWC programme countries got together in Guildford, southern England, to explore ways to ensure local ownership and sustainability of their programmes and innovative…..

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    Descriptive info: Engaging Sierra Leonean Youth in Politics.. Showing records 31 to 40 of 48.. The first TWC Workshop a resounding success.. 09 July 2010.. No amount of traffic could dampen participants spirits as cross-cutting issues were identified and inter-country discussions were plentiful.. Ugandan Parliament praises The Westminster Consortium.. 16 June 2010.. The Ugandan Parliament has spoken out about the positive work of The Westminster Consortium in their country.. Legislation vs.. Oversight: the challenge of priority and resources in Georgia.. 14 June 2010.. The growing demand to pass and harmonise legislation with the EU leave little capacity for oversight in the Georgian Parliament.. A two day workshop helped with Parliamentary Managers revealed how the current national priority to meet EU standards….. Preparing for a new house – Westminster 2010.. 09 June 2010.. The UK’s General Election on May 6th was long expected to result in a large number of new MPs, and that is exactly what happened, with 232 new faces in the Commons – over a third of the House.. Not all were exactly new faces –…..  ...   Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) carried out a training course in partnership with the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) in Tbilisi as part of The Westminster Consortium programme.. Lebanon’s multi-party Parliament staffers enhance their media skills.. Lebanon's multi-party Parliament staffers sharpened their communications skills at a workshop conducted by the Journalism Training Program (JTP) and sponsored by The Westminster Consortium (TWC).. Georgian Parliamentary staff gather in cold rain to communicate.. 10 May 2010.. From Thomson Reuters Foundation With local elections just around the corner in Georgia, a Thomson Reuters Foundation workshop, sponsored by TWC, set the stage for improving information flows.. Raising the Bar.. 30 April 2010.. Delivering human rights and rule of law training to parliamentarians is a new and exciting area, but also a big challenge.. IBA’s Jenny Marsh looks at the issues they face in TWC programme in each country.. Helping Ugandan Accountability Committees ask the right questions.. The financial oversight programme in Uganda is beginning to show fruit, as staff are more efficient and are able to produce probing, relevant questions..

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    Descriptive info: UK MPs share experience with women counterparts in Kurdistan Parliament.. Showing records 41 to 48 of 48.. First Training of Trainers course delivered in Uganda.. 28 April 2010.. From Thomson Reuters Foundation Ugandan parliamentary staff, including directors, consultants, researchers and officers, took part in a three-day course to hone their training skills.. Georgian Parliamentary Journalism Course discusses Journalistic Ethics.. From Thomson Reuters Foundation The spoof reports on Georgian local television that Russian tanks had entered the capital and the president was dead only highlighted the need for a journalism training course in Georgia.. TWC Organizes Parliamentary Democracy Training in the Lebanese Parliament.. 20 April 2010.. The first parliamentary officials training in Lebanon, entitled ‘Parliamentary Democracy, was executed by the Westminster Consortium inside the Lebanese Parliament’s library conference room.. One or Two? The question of a second house?.. 19 April 2010.. The  ...   April 2010.. UK House of Commons trainers travelled to Lebanon to train their peers in a course entitled ‘Working in the Parliamentary Service’, working alongside Lebanese University experts.. The Role of Parliament in Upholding the Rule of Law training course in Lebanon.. Lebanese parliamentary staff attended a three-day training course entitled ‘The role of parliament in upholding the rule of law’ as part of The Westminster Consortium (TWC) programme in Lebanon.. The course was carried out….. TWC Parliamentary Reporting for Journalists course.. Lebanese journalists attended the primary training course of The Westminster Consortium’s program in the Lebanese Parliament entitled ‘Parliamentary Reporting for Journalists’.. The five-day training course took place….. Parliamentary strengthening programme in Lebanon launched.. The TWC Parliamentary Strengthening Programme was launched by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s introductory seminar, entitled ‘Building a 21st Century Parliament – Challenges and Opportunities for Parliamentarians’..

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