Strengthening Parliamentary Accountability, Citizen Engagement and Access to Information

Nov. 14, 2011, 1:53 p.m.

The National Democracy Institute and the World Bank Institute recently published a report reviewing current global trends among parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs). The full report written by Andrew Mandelbau can be found here.

To advance an understanding of PMOs and the activities they conduct, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) initiated a joint project to: 1) identify PMOs worldwide and collect basic information regarding their activities; 2) document good practices in parliamentary monitoring, and; 3) suggest possible recommendations for the international donor community regarding PMOs.

The results of that effort are presented in this paper, which: describes the international context for parliamentary monitoring (Section 2); shares the results of a global mapping and survey of PMOs (Section 3);  highlights effective tools and practices for individual MP monitoring (Section 4) and parliamentary monitoring (Section 5); and presents good practices in parliamentary monitoring collected through the project (Section 6)and makes recommendations  to the international community  regarding effective ways to support PMOs (Section 7).

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