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Date of Publication2017069
PublisherAfrican Community of Practice on Management for Development result at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Number of Pages9 pages
Geographical CoverageAfrica
KeywordsParliaments, The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Pan African Parliament (PAP), Capacity Development and African parliaments
AbstractAdvancing the use of Management for Development Results (MfDR) principles, instruments and tools for effective development offers a unique opportunity to chart out a new era for regional integration as key pillar not only of the Busan declaration on partnership, but also of the South-south cooperation and particularly for ensuring that effective development takes place as a fundamental process to Africa transformation agenda. This paper aims at highlighting the roles of African parliamentary and participation in delivering development results in Africa. Key findings: Based on desk review of available literature, findings show that, African parliaments have a big role to play in developing MfDR culture in Africa. However, there is lot of capacity constraints facing parliamentarians for them to effectively perform this role. Study findings also show that it is becoming widely recognized that when African parliaments are effective in their oversight role, it positively influences development results. The inadequate capacity of parliaments, the stranglehold of the executive over the legislature, the dependence of the judiciary vis-à-vis the executive are the key constraints faced by African Parliaments in their oversight role and promotion of accountability for governments. Key recommendations: The paper recommends the development of capacity building programs to strengthen the role and effectiveness of African parliaments by increasing their ability to represent the population, critically review the work of the executive and promote accountability. Specific recommendations include the promotion of research that provides evidence to law formulation and oversight of the executive; the support to peer-learning among African parliaments and the collaboration between national Communities of Practices and parliaments. African institutions including the African Capacity Building Foundation, the African Union, and the African Development Bank are called to invest in and coordinate such efforts if Africa has to achieve effective development and continental blue print Agendas 2030 and 2063.
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