Parliamentary Strengthening Program Launch
On November 22, USAID and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) launched the Parliamentary Strengthening Program. The event took place in the Shota Rustaveli hall of the Parliament of Georgia. The Parliamentary Strengthening Program is supported by the U.S. Government through USAID.
Speaker of the Parliament Nino Burjanadze and U.S. Ambassador John Tefft made welcoming remarks.
Ambassador Tefft stated: ”This three-year program will strengthen the human and institutional capacity of Parliament, and enhance the ability of MPs and parliamentary party caucuses to engage one another within an environment of constructive policy debate.”
NDI’s Senior Parliamentary Program Officer Jim Hart presented an overview of the program.
Program activities will strengthen the parliament of Georgia to become more representative and more effective in its legislative and outreach capacities. The assistance will:
- Develop the structure and operations of parliamentary factions to support issue-based communication and legislative development;
- Promote parliamentary committee outreach and support multi-party discussion and debate on reform policy and legislation;
- Improve the legislative research and policy development capacity of targeted parliamentary bodies through an internship program and an advisory board to the Speaker of Parliament; and
- Develop the campaign and political organizing skills of emerging women leaders.
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