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Enhancing the effectiveness of parliaments: challenges and opportunities [WP934]

This conference discussed the following points:

  • What accounts for the key differences in parliamentary performance in different contexts?
  • Why do some parliaments become powerful forces for change in particular contexts while others do not?
  • What are the informal and formal political processes which shape the effectiveness of parliaments?
  • To what extent are weaknesses in parliamentary effectiveness susceptible to technical fixes and other types of “capacity-building”?

Key points:

  • What are the current understandings of accountability and what is the current best practice in applying them?
  • How can Parliaments ensure that the state is really accountable to citizens, and that service delivery is as efficient as possible?
  • What experience has been gained from donor support to Parliaments?
  • How can understanding of the role of politics in parliamentary support initiatives be increased?
  •  What has been learned about the role of Parliaments in fragile and conflict-affected states?
  • What Parliamentary benchmarks and indicators are helpful is assessing accountability?
  • What do we now know about political party strengthening?
  • What are the lessons learnt and the links to parliamentary support initiatives?

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