SUNY/CID Legislative Strengthening Program in Cote d’Ivoire Collaborating to Advance the Common Good
In an effort to avoid waste and unnecessary duplication of efforts by donors, the USAID- funded Legislative Support Program in Cote d’Ivoire (LSP) is working closely with the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire (ANCI) to build synergies with other implementers and leverage programming efforts.
Beginning in December, 2013, LSP joined with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to support a gender budgeting workshop for members of the ANCI. Then, in response to ANCI requests, LSP and IPU joined to support the establishment of a Female Parliamentarians Caucus in Côte d’Ivoire (FEMPACI) as an intermediary step to the establishment of a supplemental standing committee on gender. LSP and IPU have supported and will continue to support a range of activities including workshops on strategic planning, the establishment of caucus rules of procedure and appointment of officers.
The ANCI has a long standing relationship with the Association Parlementaire Francophone (APF). Capitalizing on this relationship, LSP brought in four APF experts in July and August 2014, to provide support to the National Assembly in the areas of Human Resource Management, analytical and legislative capacity building for standing committees and parliamentary groups, and to conduct an information and communications technology assessment. Based on the ICT assessment, LSP has initiated conversations with UNESDA to assess the use of a specialized document management system.
LSP has also worked with the UNDP Governance Strengthening Program in Cote d’Ivoire to develop three complementary scopes of work to coordinate assistance to the ANCI and with the World Bank to coordinate training and support for the budget committee as it begins its deliberations on the new national budget.
Finally, LSP is working with local partners of the US Department of State and with the United National Operations in Cote d’Ivoire to draw on their radio support programs to disseminate information about the ANCI to the public.
Posted September 26, 2014
Updated January 20, 2015