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Connecting People and Ideas for Integrated Development

Uganda - Parliamentary Research and Internship Program (2008 - 2010)

Legislative Strengthening

The objective of the Ugandan Parliamentary Research and Internship Program (PRIP) was to enhance the capacity of Ugandan universities to train and support student interns to provide technical support to parliamentary committees, departments, and/or issue-based caucuses. This program helped foster partnerships among Ugandan universities and Parliament, as well as between the State University of New York (SUNY) and Ugandan universities. This partnership among US and Ugandan universities contributed to increasing the capacity of Ugandan institutions of higher education to play a more active role in fostering good governance and social and economic development in Uganda. The three Ugandan universities participating in this program were the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Ugandan Martyrs University (UMU) and Nkumba University.

The partnership between these universities and the Ugandan Parliament allowed for 18 interns working in Parliament twice-a-year for the three year term of the grant. SUNY/CID provided training and technical assistance on topics related to legislative research and analysis, issues before legislative units, comparative research and analysis of other legislatures, and field research.

The ultimate benefits of this program included:

  • Providing greater opportunities for student experiential learning.
  • Providing greater capacity for the three Ugandan universities.
  • Providing the Ugandan Parliament with a human capital resource that will enhance the capacity and development of Parliamentary staff.