GPG works with elected representatives and permanent officials in national, regional, and local government. We have worked on programmes of parliamentary development, government-parliament relations, decentralisation and local government reform across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Improving policy and impact
The aim of all that work is ultimately to ensure that political institutions improve the quality of policy, legislation, and service delivery. We provide advice to policymakers at every level of government in areas as diverse as tackling human trafficking, anti-corruption, education, health, and human rights.
Managing the process of change
Creating and maintaining that sort of change depends on behaviour more than structure. We draw extensively on insights from the fields of behavioural economics, political analysis and business management to understand and align incentives around the reform of parliament, government, and the public sector.
GPG encouraged the Council of Representatives (CoR) Regional office in Nineveh to support the newly formed Nineveh women parliamentarians’ peace initiative. Following GPG’s advice, the council organised in January 2017 the first fact finding mission for those MPs to one of the IDP camps and facilitated meetings with government officials in the recently liberated areas. That visit contributed to raising the profile of gender-specific issues, concerns and priorities and helped channelling those concerns to the national level. As a result of GPG’s intervention the CoR office has established a stronger link with Nineveh women’s peace initiative, and more of these fact-finding missions were planned.
Women’s political representation in Lebanon
Women play a crucial cultural, social, and economic role in the Lebanese society and held active parts in recent protest movements. Yet they remain severely under-represented in all aspects of political processes both at local and national levels.
Global Partners Governance, alongsideLebanese partners LOST and the international expertise of Atalanta, built and led the Winning with Women project, designed to identify and train potential female leaders and encourage them to run for office. Together we offered a distinctive approach to gender programming combining cutting-edge, highly specialised international expertise with existing local political engagement:
By increasing the number of women in decision-making positions
By enhancing the influence of women within political groups and institutions
By increasing the impact of women on policy and politics, on issues of gender equality but also more broadly
The project was successfully implemented with three groups: we worked with high potential women to develop the skills and allies they need to reach leadership positions; we engaged with political parties across the spectrum to identify ways to promote gender equality and women’s representation internally; and we supported the growth of women leaders at local level in areas where women are severely underrepresented in decision-making positions.
At the end of the training programme, participants shared very positive feedback with us and added that they noticed clear improvement in their own knowledge and capacity to move forward.
In Sudan, GPG has been working to support more effective coordination, communication, and a coherent approach to combatting human trafficking at the international, national, and sub-national levels. We work with key ministries and prospective MPs to improve their knowledge and understanding of human trafficking as a priority human rights issue and strive to improve access to information on human trafficking and government efforts to combat it. We provide targeted support to the new parliamentary committees overseeing human rights policy to consider anti-trafficking measures.
More recently, GPG partnered with Rights Lab, RUSI, and Waging Peace on an essential project investigating the impact of Covid19 on human trafficking in Sudan and the wider Horn of Africa region. We interviewed high-level practitioners as well as political and academic figures working on human trafficking in Sudan. The findings of these interviews conducted by us and our partners provides insight to continue combatting modern slavery in the region. You can read our report here.
Global Partners Governance Foundation built and launched an online course for the Uzbek Human Rights commission of the Oliy Majlis, designed to flexibly support its MPs and staff in fulfilling their role and follow international directives relating to Human Rights in Uzbekistan. The course aims to introduce international Human Rights systems, best international practice, and a variety of sources to the Committee’s members.
In addition to this training material, we organised and offered several online sessions in partnership with the UK Embassy in Tashkent during which our Associates offered their first-class expertise through the delivery of thorough presentations on topics related to Youth Rights, parliamentary oversight, and international examples of best Human Rights practice.
International Republican Institute
GPG designed a training course designed for the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Women’s Democracy Network project. The five-module course leads participants through understanding the role and nature of male allies in supporting women’s representation in politics. Each module contained recorded interviews held by our expert Associates with politicians or activists to better explore the layers and dimensions of men’s potential in helping women access leadership positions. Designed for both women and men, the course analyses the range of circumstances in which to involve male allies primarily across parliaments and political parties. It recognises that systemic and societal pressures constrain men as well as women, making it difficult for all to act differently.
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