Fast Facts: Parliamentary Development
Viable democracy and open society depend on effective lawmaking, oversight and representation — the three chief functions of parliaments. Parliaments are pillars of democratic governance, with a critical role in spurring and sustaining national action towards the Millennium Development Goals. They can be powerful agents of change, particularly during and after times of crisis.
UNDP provides integrated technical assistance to parliaments in their efforts to: (1) build the capacity of legislators and technical staff; (2) promote institutional reform through strategic development plans; (3) strengthen parliaments' relationships with the executive and judiciary branches of government and with civil society; and (4) enhance the effectiveness of female members of parliament and improve their ability to caucus and learn from one another.