GPG newsletter
September 2022


Read our recent blogs

Invisible leaders: Lessons from Lebanon’s women

Project Manager Mia Marty has supported our Lebanon project for women’s political representation for most of her time at GPG. In this blog, she describes her personal journey on the project and what she learned from her visits to the country and from working with our participants, inspiring women candidates from all over Lebanon.

Building a culture of ethical conduct in Kuwaiti public life

Sir Nick Harvey is a former Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats.  He previously served five terms as a Lib Dem MP over twenty-three years, and was a Defence Minister in the UK’s coalition government formed in 2010. He recently supported GPG in our work with the anti-corruption authority of Kuwait. In this blog, he explores the challenges faced by all public bodies seeking to foster a culture of ethical conduct amongst their institution.

Central Asia

New Central Asia project on the way

We are excited to share that we have started a new research project in Central Asia. Whilst still in its early day, the work will explore current social, political, and security issues in the region. Keep an eye on our channels – Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram – for more updates.

Sierra Leone

Looking forward to an upcoming visit to the Sierra Leone parliament

This month, GPG and our Associate successfully delivered a handbook on improving the governance sector as part of our support to the Sierra Leone parliament. We are now preparing a visit with our Associate who will deliver in-person training on legislative scrutiny.

Our associate will travel to Sierra Leone for conducting trainings on legislative scrutiny.


Finalising the preparations for the project’s delivery

Over the last month, our Malawi team finalised the project’s five year workplan in collaboration with our partner Democracy International and prepared for our 2022-23 intervention. We made further provisions for the upcoming delivery of our Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and for our mapping of key parliamentary stakeholders, including the Parliament’s leadership, committees, and Secretariat. This PEA will aim to understand the underlying incentives and dynamics that drive our stakeholders’ behaviour as well as challenges and opportunities for reform and improved parliamentary oversight, legislation, and parliamentary representation. This PEA will be a central component of our adaptive delivery in the coming years.


New publications following our work in Lebanon

We are proud to announce the launch of our latest research paper, ‘Women’s political participation in Lebanon’s local government‘. This publication is the culmination of our most recent work in Lebanon supporting women’s political engagement and fostering positive attitudes to gender from men in politics through our building of a ‘Male Allies’ network.

We held a webinar on 22nd September to mark the paper’s launch. The event hosted presentations from the paper’s author, GPG’s Müjge Küçükkeleş, GPG Associate and Lebanese political activist Dr Josephine Zgheib, and Rony Al Asaad, Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE). You may watch the event’s recording on our YouTube channel.

Following the completion of the last stage of our Lebanon work, we also published the impact report for the project. It contains some encouraging figures on how our supporting women’s access to local politics and decision-making positions benefited our participants and their local communities. Discover the report on our website.