Parliamentary Affairs and Administration
The mission of the Parliament is to represent, and act as a voice of the people, in fulfilling the constitutional functions of passing laws and overseeing executive action. Parliaments are a fundamental aspect of democratic life, administrative governance and pluralistic political interaction, with the UN noting that Parliaments will play ‘a crucial role in shaping and implementing the development agenda'.
Strengthening the capacity of Parliaments to work to optimum effect is a very important aspect of the entrenchment and flourishing of democracy and the political stability of any country.
This ATI workshop provides detailed insight into the complex working of parliaments, including topics such as legislative processes, scrutiny models, and the role and functioning of committees. This course outline is rooted in the Parliaments founding principles of sovereign, democratic state founded on the values of Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedom, Non-racialism and non-sexism and Supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law. Observing the Universal adult suffrage, multi-party system of democratic government, ensuring accountability, responsiveness and openness
The course is designed, members of parliament, administrative staff members of parliament, the Speakers, deputy Speakers, Clerk of Parliament, Law and Policy Makers and those interested in the Parliamentary Affairs administration
Upon completing this workshop, the delegates should be able to:
- Understand clearly the functions of Parliament and define the role of a parliamentarian and parliamentary support staff
- Strengthen parliamentary institution and its democratization in procedures and representation
- Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the objectives and scope of parliamentary functions in a country
- Improve capacity of the Parliament and support structures according to the constitution whilst reducing administrative burdens
- Position Parliament as an effective interface between the Executive and Public Interest to facilitate good democratic governance
- Understand parliament in the formulation of policies to ensure the effective discharge of the core functions of parliament.
- Harmonisation of government into the work and the calendar of parliament and expedite delivery of government business in parliament
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the structures and processes of the legislative process
- Demonstrate appropriate communicative and effectively apply knowledge and skills developed in the course to the contemporary work of the parliament