Description/achievement of initiative
To strengthen the capacity, engagement, and mechanisms for parliamentary oversight of national resources including development aid, in both donor and recipient countries, to ensure that national resources and aid are managed effectively and with integrity to attain national development priorities, with specific reference to the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals.Goal 16 calls on Member States to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. This places parliaments at the forefront of the SGDs’ implementation and monitoring.
The objective of the project is to develop and pilot an assessment tool, which can be applied by parliamentarians globally. The tool will be piloted firstly in Indonesia and Jordan, two prioritized countries of the SEAPAC and ARPAC Regional Chapters and ISDB Group member countries.The project comprises:a. The development of a knowledge product consisting of an assessment guide/handbook for parliamentarians for succeeding the SDGs challenge through parliamentary oversight of national resources including development aid.b. The piloting of the assessment guide/handbook in the two priority countries. Two-day workshops for parliamentarians will be held in Jordan and in Indonesia. A small delegation of parliamentarians from Indonesia will be invited to participate in the workshop in Jordan, and vice versa.c. Final reports presenting the finding of the assessment produced at the occasion of the parliamentary workshops and integrating strategic plans to correct the weaknesses.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
In order to achieve goal 16 and more broadly ensure the implementation of the SDGs, it is crucial to strengthen the role of parliaments in holding their governments to account for the results of development spending. This is the reason why ISDB, GOPAC and UNDP are partnering to develop an assessment guide/handbook on parliamentary oversight of resources for development.The guide will be developed as a tool for parliamentarians to explore the current frameworks in place for oversight of the development efforts in their countries (namely to ensure that support for development is delivered to those who need it), identify areas for improvement, including capacity-building requirements, and propose potential solutions. Regional and national GOPAC chapters will be encouraged and supported to develop local handbooks.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The Senior Expert will liaise with ISDB, GOPAC and UNDP to establish an agreed timeline and workplan including the following main outputs:1. Development of the handbook2. Validation of the handbook.3. Supporting the organisation of the two pilot workshops.4. Facilitating the two pilot workshops.Technical Review and Clearance - Olivier Pierre-Louveaux, UNDP and Abdihamid Mao, ISDB; Final Approval - Emilie Lemieux, GOPAC and Abdihamid Mao, ISDB.
Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC); Islamic Development Bank (ISDB)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); SEAPAC and ARPAC Regional Chapters of GOPAC; World Bank Parliamentary Network