You educate a woman, you educate a whole community, a whole village- Ruth O’niango

Read More About AWEPA Leadership

Strengthening the role of parliaments in global development

29 November 2016

A mother and child in Mwea Village, Kenya.

Nairobi, Kenya – AWEPA, in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Kenyan Parliament, is set to organise a Parliamentary Forum in preparation for the Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).

The Forum will directly precede the HLM2, a four-day meeting for Ministers and high-level officials from around the world, which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 November to 1 December 2016.

The Forum, which is due to take place on 29 November 2016, responds to urgent need to continue to strengthen the input of parliaments in development cooperation processes that are taking place at the global level.

Participants will be given the opportunity for open and honest dialogue regarding the role of parliament within these processes, and will consider how engagement can be strengthened.

Specifically, the Parliamentary Forum will aim to:

  • Review the efforts of the GPEDC in meeting its commitments on effective development cooperation, particularly those concerning parliaments;
  • Send out a strong message regarding the need to strengthen parliaments so that they can contribute to development effectiveness processes as key partners at the country level;
  • Articulate a parliamentary perspective on the key themes of the HLM2;
  • Encourage follow-up by parliaments and their inclusion in aid structures at country level.

The event will kick off with welcoming remarks from its organisers. AWEPA’s President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet, will join the Speaker of the Kenyan Senate, Hon. Ekwee D. Ethuro, and the General Secretary of the IPU, Mr. Martin Chungong, in welcoming participants and outlining the importance of strengthening the role of parliament in development cooperation.

This topic will then be further explored during a briefing by the GPEDC Steering Committee on the work of this multi-stakeholder partnership. This will include a reflection on the specific role of parliaments in supporting the country-level work of the partnership.

Throughout the day, a number of strategies will be developed including how to strengthen Official Development Assistance through parliamentary oversight, mobilise domestic resources and leverage public and private partnerships.

The Forum will close with the adoption of a Parliamentary Statement to the HLM2 of the GPEDC.