GPG has over 15 years of experience supporting and learning from institutions across the globe. Our rich portfolio of expert Associates accompanied us in the diverse range of programmes outlined below, helping us provide assistance to politicians, ministers and civil servants worldwide to improve the quality and effect of their political institutions.
GPG worked in Afghanistan to produce an in-depth Political Economy Analysis of the Afghani legislature, at the request of the Department for International Development Afghanistan (DFIDA). The goal of this project was to deepen DFIDA’s understanding of how the Afghani parliament works and identify the key factors inhibiting the effectiveness of both its Houses.
GPG designed a project to improve the Algerian Parliament’s oversight of ministries, and help it develop its capacity to review, amend and propose legislation and start to hold the Executive to account. GPG worked to enhance the Parliament’s capacity to review, amend, and propose legislation in order to improve accountability, to promote public participation in the work of key committees that dealt with specific national policy issues in order to improve representativity, and to support the Speakership in the management and coordination of parliamentary business and committee work.
We have been collaborating with the UNDP in Armenia, where we are running a project for the National Assembly of Armenia. The project aims to help build parliamentary outreach and capacity, and includes the building of a multidisciplinary training programme for parliamentarians.
GPG is working with the Bahraini Parliament, specifically it’s lower house the Majlis al Nuwab and individual MPs as well as other Bahraini political institutions to strengthen the representative function of the Parliament. The GPG project in Bahrain focuses both on supporting the Secretariat to streamline its processes and working with specific MPs on their roles within their constituencies and how these relate to their function in the Parliament, in order to make policy as responsive as possible to the concerns of citizens.
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) appointed GPG in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to conduct a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Dialogue for Stability (DfS) programme, in order to assess the extent to which the DfS contributed towards its stated objective of fostering inclusive and legitimate political processes in fragile settings in Burundi.
GPG conducted a review of the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia (PIC), an independent organisation aiming at improving the performance of the Cambodian parliament through building parliamentary expertise. This review was conducted for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC).
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) appointed GPG in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to conduct a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Dialogue for Stability (DfS) programme, in order to assess the extent to which the DfS contributed towards its stated objective of fostering inclusive and legitimate political processes in fragile settings in Colombia.
GPG worked with the British Council in South East Europe to develop a programme of training and support for politicians in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia. The programme focused on some of the practical skills that politicians required to do their jobs more effectively including policy development, legislative oversight and service to constituents. The project deployed the expertise of politicians at Westminster, but also sought to build links between politicians in the region to identify and disseminate best practice.
GPG has worked to support development in a range of political and policy areas in Egypt, providing direct support in the parliament following the revolution and expert technical advice on legal and constitutional reform in the following years.
We have a particular focus on women’s political participation, supporting current and potential women leaders to advocate and influence effectively in the political arena, and on supporting the implementation of reform in the education sector, especially in higher education and university governance.
Our project in Fiji sought to improve the organisation and structure of the parliamentary caucuses so that they have the capacity and incentive to develop clear policies, ensure parliament functions effectively and manage/reduce political tensions that might lead to conflict. The project had three inter-related outputs: to strengthen the internal organisation and structure of each of the political caucuses, to support joint caucus activity in parliament, and to support the caucuses in the process of parliamentary dialogue and negotiation around policy issues and legislation.
With the support of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we worked with the Honduran Congress to implement the Law Against Human Trafficking through a process of post-legislative scrutiny (PLS). Over a series of visits, our project team worked with the Congress’ Family, Children, Youth, and Older Persons Committee and the Justice and Human Rights Committee, as well as the Interinstitutional Committee against Sexual Exploitation in Children to monitor the proper implementation of the human trafficking legislation.
Since we started working in Iraq, we have supported political leaders in Iraq’s parliament, ministries, and sub-national government in the provinces of Basra and Nineveh to strengthen the Iraqi political system, foster national reconciliation and improve the delivery of services to Iraqi citizens. We initially supported the parliament (Council of Representatives) on issues related to parliamentary business and legislation, and over time expanded our work to matters touching on corruption in key public service sectors and helped the parliament introduce its first code of ethics and public integrity.
GPG’s political development work in Jordan arose in response to a request from the Royal Court and has put the UK at the heart of the reform process in the country, successfully supporting real changes in parliament and sectors of government.
We have an established representative office in Amman to provide logistical, administrative, and technical support for our expanding programmes, as well as a regional hub for our work in the Middle East.
GPG Fonder and Board Chair Greg Power worked with Professor Robert Nakamura from the State University of New York (SUNY) to provide an analysis of USAID/DFID assistance to the Kenyan Parliament, examining the path of political reform and the characteristics that shaped the project’s effectiveness in that period. The authors examined how SUNY incrementally developed a “Kenya Model” that proved successful in using donor funds to develop capacities and facilitating their use by MPs to transform the Kenya National Assembly.
GPG is working with the Office of the Speaker of the National Assembly and Kuwait’s Anti-Corruption Authority Nazaha around the development of a Code of Ethics governing parliament and the behaviour of parliamentarians. This project seeks to deliver on the National Strategy and priorities of the government in addressing corruption in Kuwait. At a broader level, this presents a key opportunity to promote issues of integrity in public life and raise awareness of the efforts being made to tackle corruption and, in so doing, support long-term change in Kuwait.
GPG worked with MPs and committees to create more citizen-focused forms of accountability in the Kyrgyz Parliament as part of a four-year DFID programme which aimed to improve the responsiveness of the Kyrgyz political system and, in particular, the way in which it considers the needs of businesses, supporting more inclusive economic development.
We introduced Post Legislative Scrutiny and assisted the Social Committee to apply it effectively to improve the conditions of Kyrgyz migrant workers, who contribute hugely to Kyrgyzstan’s GDP through remittances, but whose working conditions are poor and who face challenges in economic and social reintegration on their return to their homeland.
GPG worked to increase the number of female political leaders and female voices in political decision-making across the Lebanese National and Municipal level through its project “Stronger with Women” funded by the British Embassy in Lebanon.
Later, we worked on a new project, ‘Winning with Women’, which successfully provided training to potential women candidates in selected regions on Lebanon.
GPG and Atalanta partnered with Local Lebanese NGOs Fifty Fifty and LOST to adopt an innovative and effective approach which aims to promote the creation of a safe and enabling environment where current and potential women leaders are supported to succeed while working with the political parties and institutions to assess and address institutional barriers that prevent equal participation and representation.
GPG provided support to political institutions in Libya, working with the General National Congress and, later, the House of Representatives – the first elected parliament in Libya in over forty years. We supported MPs in their endeavours to create a functioning parliamentary institution and worked with politicians and parliamentary staff to deliver technical advice on developing the parliament’s internal structures and rules of procedure.
GPG designed a training programme for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) Western Balkans Division. The Political Economy Analysis (PEA) course aimed to improve the participants’ understanding of PEA and its different possible analytical levels, approaches and tools (including links to conflict sensitivity as well as power analysis), to enable them to review challenges in project implementation and jointly identify measures to solve the issues to increase project effectiveness and impact, and to train them to identify key moments in the project cycle to routinely incorporate and update PEA insights to promote adaptive programme management.
As part of the DFID-funded Economic Policy Incubator (EPI) in Nepal, GPG provided technical support to the Parliamentary Committee on industry, commerce and consumer welfare to help them draft, review, and pass key pieces of legislation supporting EPI’s efforts on subnational economic growth in the economic corridor from Pokhara to Bhairahawa. GPG was responsible for setting out and securing buy-in for plans to strengthen the operation of the parliamentary committee on industry, commerce and consumer welfare; and assess the feasibility of promoting improved regional cooperation between MPs from the selected economic corridor.
In Oman, GPG provided assistance to the two Houses of the legislature, the Majlis A’Shura and the Majlis Al-Dawla. Working directly with members and staff we delivered technical advice and support on the development of the role of the Majlis, specifically parliamentary roles, budget oversight and scrutiny functions.
In South Sudan, GPG was one of the implementing organisations for a DFID project, led by Adam Smith International, to improve the performance of the security sector. Our support focused on improving parliamentary oversight and accountability, working with the Defence and Security Committee to enhance their understanding of the security sector, develop principles and techniques of effective oversight, improve the committee’s planning and working practices, and to generate constructive relations with their counterparts in the Defence ministry.
GPG has been working in Sudan on improving service delivery at the national level and exploring ways in which local governance systems can be strengthened to be more responsive to citizens’ needs.
We supported the formation of the Transitional Legislative Council and, in spite of many challenges ahead, are working with different groups in the Sudanese political scene towards securing an effective institution.
We also worked on developing effective methods to channel voices of religious minorities into the political system and the implementation of reforms that would further freedom of religion and belief.
GPG worked in Tanzania as part of a DFID funded project aiming to strengthen democratic institutions and governance in the country to build inclusivity, accountability, and a kind of economic growth that provides more benefits for poor people. GPG also supported MPs in improving the effectiveness of their constituency casework and developing strategic plans to enable collective solutions to policy challenges at the local level.
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) appointed GPG in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to conduct a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Dialogue for Stability (DfS) programme, in order to assess the extent to which the DfS contributed towards its stated objective of fostering inclusive and legitimate political processes in fragile settings in Tunisia.
GPG conducted the mid-term review and evaluation of the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) programme, which aims to encourage and support dialogue between Uganda’s six parliamentary parties. In addition, we appraised proposals for the Political Party Capacity Strengthening Facility. We revisited IPOD’s work a few years later.
GPG supports the parliament of Ukraine to implement internal procedural reforms and specific measures of its external Communications Strategy in order to connect with citizens and rebuild trust and confidence in the institution. GPG also assisted the Parliament’s Speaker and his office in strengthening internal communications between parties, committees, and parliamentary authorities to better manage parliamentary business.
Global Partners Governance holds a five-year contract with the UK Parliament to provide training and support for select committee members and staff to help them perform their roles and functions more effectively. The work focuses specifically on Committees working as a team, including training and facilitation of Committee discussions. The team for this project is led by our Director and Deputy Director and draws from GPG’s extensive network of associates which includes former Committee chairs and Members of Parliament with extensive committee experience, former Ministers, senior staff in parliaments, governments and political parties as well as leading academics in the field.
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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. 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.
Global Partners Governance Foundation built and launched an online course for the Uzbek Human Rights Committee, which is designed to flexibly support its MPs and staff in fulfilling their role. The course aims to introduce international human rights systems, best international practice, and a variety of sources to the Committee’s members.
Global Partners Governance is an approved provider of training to the Senedd. We have provided bespoke courses for Senedd Members on a broad variety of topics including budgets, financial scrutiny, strategic planning, and committee leadership. Training is provided by our experienced team of associates with specific understanding of the context of devolved governance in Wales.