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by AGORA moderator
22 June 2017

On June 20 the National Assembly of Madagascar hosted an event centered on the SDGs. Organized by UNDP together with the President of the Pan-African Parliament, the main objective of the event was to familiarize Malagasy MPs with their role with regards to SDG implementation throughout the country’s territory.  

Both the UNDP and the President of the Pan-African Parliament, his Excellency Roger Nkodo Dang, contributed to the event via presentations and lively discussions. Similarly,...

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by AGORA moderator
20 June 2017

After an eight-year suspension of the polls, a constitutional crisis and extensions of the Parliament, Lebanon finally has a new electoral law. The move paves the way for parliamentary elections next spring, the first since 2009.

The new law is based on a proportional representation system. It includes reformist ideas that have been raised by civic groups, to improve parliamentary political representation. It also meets the aspirations of Christian parties, who want Christian voters...

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by AGORA moderator
15 June 2017

 

 

 

 

Although there have been decade-long discussions on the subject, there is no conclusion on the topic of the ultimate electoral system. Across the globe at different periods in time, diverse countries will advocate various types of electoral reform. For example, nowadays proportional representation is discussed in Canada, a switch to a majoritarian system is debated in Bulgaria, while Lebanon is considering the virtues of a mixed system.

The truth is...

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by AGORA moderator
15 June 2017

INASP and Politics & Ideas invite government agencies to participate in an opportunity to improve the use of knowledge in policy through the application of a new diagnostic tool. This tool can help agencies clearly understand the current state of knowledge use to inform policy, identify windows of opportunity for change, prioritize areas for improvement and co-design feasible change plans.

This call is looking for committed change makers that are eager to initiate a process of...

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by AGORA moderator
15 June 2017

On June 9 the Parliament of Madagascar held its first Open Day since 10 years! The event was jointly organized by UNDP and the country’s two parliamentary chambers – the Senate and the National Assembly in the framework of Peacebuilding fund project. 

The Open Day was a success, attracting substantial media coverage as well as around 800 visitors who met senators and deputies throughout the various conferences, university debates, round tables and exhibitions organized as part of the...

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by AGORA moderator
12 June 2017

The British election was remarkable for many things — particularly the weak showing of Theresa May’s Conservative Party. But there was a milestone less widely noted: British voters elected 45 out LGBTQ candidates to parliament — 7 percent of its 650 members.

In a recent study, Gabriele Magni and I found that being LGBTQ, and out, actually was a net advantage in the 2015 British general election — in particular for Labour candidates, competitive Conservatives and candidates in rural...

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by AGORA member
6 June 2017

The European Development Days (EDD) is Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation. It brings together over 6,000 participants from the international development community, presenting various commitments to a fairer, more sustainable future. The 2017 edition of the event will take place on June 7th and 8th, in Brussels.

The event gathers development actors to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the...

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by AGORA moderator
1 June 2017

If Lebanon’s parliamentarians postpone general elections for a third time, they will have more than doubled the time they were elected to serve, dashing the hopes of citizens who have been waiting to elect their representatives since 2013. The last general election was in June 2009. Because Lebanon’s voting age is 21, some people are close to turning 30 but have never had a chance to elect their parliamentary representatives.

President Michel Aoun in April suspended parliament for one...

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by AGORA member
29 May 2017

In the context of the economic situation in Mozambique, guaranteeing the parliament is equipped with the necessary tools and expertise to oversee public expenditure is one of the government’s priorities.

Due to the increasing amount of work of the Budgetary Control Committee has led the Committee and the National Assembly to agree in the establishment of an independent financial and budgetary oversight unit. The unit will support specialized committees dealing with economic,...

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by AGORA moderator
18 May 2017

Next week the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is celebrating Africa Week. From 22 to 24 May the African Member States Group at UNESCO under the chair of Mozambique is going to organize concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and round table debates.

We at AGORA - Portal for Parliamentary Development are also celebrating Africa Week. On the occasion, we will provide you with the latest news on parliamentary development in Africa!