The Parliament of Uganda and AWEPA first signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2001, which was renewed in 2005 and 2011. The current Parliament is the 9th post-independence Parliament. It commenced in May 2011 and will expire in May 2016.
Of its 374 members, 212 are first-time parliamentarians. This means that the majority of the Members had never been exposed to parliamentary work; hence, guidance on certain basic principles of parliamentary practices and procedures is necessary.
AWEPA’s Parliamentary Support Programme seeks to strengthen and better equip Parliament and parliamentary Committees so that they will be better able to execute their oversight function, formulate policies and draft laws on their respective areas of focus. Also, the programme seeks to empower Members of Parliament to engage in current issues affecting Uganda’s democratic development.
- The newly created Human Rights Committee was able to conduct a study on human rights and present two reports to the Parliament;
- AWEPA printed the business plan and information package of the Institute of Parliamentary Studies and facilitated its launch. As a result, the Parliament carried out the first trainer of trainees session for parliamentary staff and Members of Parliament;
- the induction of women parliamentarians on the role of parliamentarians in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) enabled the Parliament to amend her rules of procedure.
This programme is part of the ‘Lobby and Advocacy’ programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is implemented in cooperation with NIMD. More on the Strategic Partnership with the Ministry: www.awepa.org/strategic partnership.