Dublin, Ireland – AWEPA is currently conducting the Mid-Term Review process (MTR) of its five-year MDG parliamentary strengthening programme (2010-2015). This programme was informed by a baseline study completed in early 2011, which assessed the level of regional parliamentary engagement in Africa concerning the attainment of the MDGs. The study highlighted priority areas where the increased engagement of Regional Parliamentary Bodies (RPBs) should be sought, in order to move towards the achievement of the MDGs by the 2015 horizon and ensure a smooth transition to the post-2015 framework.
Launched during the programme’s annual Steering Committee meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, in April 2013, the purpose of the MTR is to assess challenges and accomplishments of the programme to date, gauge the continued relevance of stated outcomes and ensure that lessons learned are incorporated into future programme activities. The MTR is a consultative process involving all programme partners.
During the second Steering Committee meeting held in Dublin, Ireland, on June 26, 2013, a draft report on the MTR process was presented to RPBs (PAP, EALA, ECOWAS-P, CEMAC-P and SADC-PF), including the key recommendations emerging from the process so far. Consultations with the partners during the meeting led to the collection of insightful feedback and development of recommendations of much interest for the continuation of the MDG programme. For example, it was stated that it is important that MPs participate actively in the ongoing definition of the post-2015 framework. Another area of reflection was on the role of regional parliaments and in particular on the need to shed light on actions that can help regional parliaments function more effectively and based on a clearer mandate, to result ultimately in their increased legitimacy, authority and relevance.
On 13 September 2013, a meeting on the mid-term review will be held with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and AWEPA’s Swedish Section. The meeting will take place in Stockholm and be hosted by Hon. Kerstin Lundgren, MP and AWEPA Head of the Section in the Swedish Parliament.