Political CoordinatorHon. Petra Bayr, Austria
Senior Parliamentary AdvisorHon. Claudia Durchschlag, Austria
Since 2008, AWEPA’s multi-donor Development Effectiveness Programme has worked to support and monitor the incorporation of the institution of parliament in development policies, processes and plans at the national, regional and global levels. Through tailor-made workshops and peer-to-peer cooperation, partner parliaments have been supported by, for example, developing parliamentary plans of action with regard to the oversight of aid. Two programmes came to an end in 2016: “Increasing Parliamentary Oversight of Development Policies and Processes (2012-2016)” -otherwise known as the Joint Monitoring Team (JMT) programme- and “Phasing out: Strengthening Regional Parliamentary Capacity in the Southern African Development Community (10/2015-06/2016).” The latter is followed up by the new programme “Contributing to Strengthen Development Effectiveness in Southern Africa through Regional Parliamentary Engagement (10/2016-09/2019).”
The objective of the Irish Aid funded JMT program “Increasing Parliamentary Oversight of Development Policies and Processes” was to strengthen parliamentary oversight of development processes in Mozambique and Tanzania in order to strengthen executive accountability for development policies and processes. The objective of the ADA funded programme “Phasing out: Strengthening Regional Parliamentary Capacity in the Southern African Development Community” was to support the ability of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) to develop its institutional capacity to function as a regional parliament by making a contribution to the implementation of its Strategic Plan. The new ADA funded programme builds upon this by supporting the ability of the SADC-PF to develop into a regional parliament by targeting and empowering two selected Standing Committees in order to transform the operational procedures of the SADC-PF to those of a parliamentary institution.
Type of activities
In order to lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth in SADC, a learning curriculum was developed in May-June 2016 to build the capacity of SADC MPs to enhance national and regional systems of taxation. The curriculum incorporates existing information, data and research accumulated on domestic resource mobilisation by SADC-PF and AWEPA. Meanwhile, throughout 2016, the JMT program spread the concept of JMTs (European and African MPs working together to enhance aid oversight) at international for a, including: the UNECA Conference of African Finance Ministers in Addis Ababa, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Windhoek, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Assembly on Aid Effectiveness in London and the second-high level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi.
JMT members have emerged with a set of concrete measures designed to implement the principles of development effectiveness. The reactions at international fora in 2016 -both to the concept of Joint-Monitoring Teams and its research findings– have been promising. The programme helped change the mind-sets of parliamentarians and other stakeholders with regards to the scope of aid oversight, with long-lasting effects. The program made a significant contribution to the SADC-PF Strategic Plan by supporting the inaugural meetings of its Standing Committees outside the Plenary Assembly: a critical step on the path to becoming a regional parliament.