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by AGORA moderator
28 March 2017

Portugal has announced the world’s first participatory budget on a national scale. The project will let people submit ideas for what the government should spend its money on, and then vote on which ideas are adopted.

Although participatory budgeting has become increasingly popular around the world in the past few years, it has so far been confined to cities and regions, and no country that we know of has attempted it nationwide. To reach as many people as possible, Portugal is also...

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by AGORA moderator
23 March 2017

New South Wales Greens MP Dawn Walker used her inaugural speech this month to argue for guaranteed Indigenous parliamentary representation. The argument for designated seats is not a new one. It was considered and rejected by the Carr state government in 1998; Indigenous people would...

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by AGORA member
22 March 2017

The decision of the United Nations General Assembly to designate every March 22 as World Water Day underscores the importance of water to existence and development. Observers note it is in recognition of its importance that the theme of the 2017 Water day “Water and Wastewater’’ is targeted at reducing, treating and re-using wastewater for sustainable developments.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has earlier expressed concern that majority of all the wastewater from homes, cities...

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by AGORA moderator
21 March 2017
The Swedish parliament has rehearsed what it would do in event of war, amid increasing concerns over global politics.
 

A delegation of 50 lawmakers – which would have the power to replace parliament in the event of the threat of war or an outright conflict – held the drill on Monday at an unknown location, said speaker Urban Ahlin, declining to give details on what the manoeuvre involved.

"These are secret...

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by AGORA moderator
21 March 2017

The purpose of parliaments is to be representative of all sections of society. This enables them to function as a link between citizens and the executive branch and ensures that the needs and concerns of all groups are reflected in a country’s laws, policies and budget. Moreover, the presence of deputies from different political, economic and social backgrounds along with procedures encouraging citizen participation in the legislative process are likely to render a parliament legitimate in...

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by AGORA moderator
20 March 2017

On Monday March 27th, on the initiative of the parliament of the republic of Fiji, a Speaker’s Debate is to take place at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPC) from 5pm to 7pm which will be streamed online. The debate will tackle the following question: ‘Is it time for Fiji to toughen rules on junk food and drink to tackle diabetes and heart disease?’

The debate is fourth in a series focusing on key issues in...

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by AGORA moderator
16 March 2017

To address root causes of endemic corruption that sparked massive protests in 2015 and strengthen a pillar of Guatemalan democracy, civil society organizations are working to make their country’s legislative branch of government more open, accountable and accessible to citizens. A significant step was taken in this regard on January 10, when the country’s Congress and a coalition of Guatemalan civic organizations publicly presented the Open...

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by AGORA member
13 March 2017

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released its fourth REview for Parliamentarians which compiles the latest relevant information on renewable energy for legislators. The March 2017 issue is entirely dedicated to the 2017 IRENA Legislators Forum and covers in details the topics discussed and suggestions made by participants. It is currently being translated into Spanish, French and Arabic, and will be shortly accessible...

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by AGORA moderator
13 March 2017

Timing can be everything when it comes to influencing government decisions. Luckily budgeting more or less follows a regular cycle throughout the financial year – things may be delayed or late, but decisions are often contingent on what has come before.  As the figure below shows, the budget cycle can be broken down into four stages. Civil society organizations (CSOs) looking to influence budgets can use...

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by AGORA member
14 March 2017

The Women’s Wing of the Maldivian Democratic Party today announces to provide financial assistance to all MDP women candidates contesting future elections.

The Women’s Wing of the party made this pledge as part of its efforts to increase the number of women in elected and public office, and to encourage further female participation in the running of the country, at all levels.

The MDP Women’s Wing, a major driving force in the internal running of the party and especially in...

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