This briefing paper discusses the issues surrounding parliamentary performance in supporting good governance, democracy and poverty reduction. It particularly focuses on the relationships between parliaments and donors, and how improving these relationships can enhance performance.
The author argues that parliaments can play an important role in delivering governance which is good for poverty reduction and democracy. However, parliaments in developing countries tend to be weak and ineffective and have been marginalised by donors. Donors’ support for parliamentary strengthening must respond to local demand.
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