Abuja, Nigeria – AWEPA collaborated with Nigeria’s National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) to implement the first ever African Legislative Summit, a high-level event with close to 800 participants from across Africa, from November 11-13, at the International Conference Center in Abuja, Nigeria. After hearing a resounding endorsement of the importance of these deliberations from the highest levels of the Nigerian government during the Opening Ceremony, participants heard from distinguished academics and legislators from across Africa as well as the US and the UK, giving interesting insight in the development and functioning of parliaments at varying stages in history and drawing parallels between the legislature in the West and Global South. Presenters touched on a wide gamut of experiences in strengthening parliament and on some of the common challenges legislators face across the world. Break-out sessions culminated in critical recommendations and heated discussions about voter expectations, communications with constituencies, perceptions, parliamentary representation and autonomy, e-parliaments and the use of new technology, among others.
The aspiration is that this marks the first of an Annual Legislative Summit, to be held in rotating locations across the continent.
- African Legislative Summit Brochure
- Dr J. Balch on “The Role of Parliaments in Aid and Development Effectiveness”
- Keynote speech by Mr. Pat Breen
- (French) Dr J. Balch, Le Rôle des Parlements dans l’Assistance et l’Efficacité de l’Aide
For further resources, please visit the website of the Africa Legislative Summit.
Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, spoke to the Conference’s attendees via a video message.