How We Work
- Creating an ethical code for elections in Benin
Long before the 2006 presidential election in Benin, a dialogue structure created with UNDP assistance brought together all political parties and actors to find common ground around an ethical code on electoral participation. Despite the volatile environment, political leaders and 26 candidates agreed to adhere to principles of democracy and non-violence. UNDP also supported technical units in parliament for budget analysis and monitoring, budget training and public hearings.
- Promoting political parties in the Arab region
More than 40 Members of Parliament from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Yemen attended a series of workshops at which they agreed to general principles on political parties in the Arab region. The principles promote pluralism and describe by-laws, financing and other functional aspects.
- Formulating a project for Pakistan
The Pakistan National Assembly and Senate worked together with UNDP's Democratic Governance Group to develop a project to build institutional capacity to support newly elected Members of Parliament, Senators and key parliamentary committees. The 2009 project also advanced the ability of civil society organizations to advocate their positions before parliamentary committees.
- Parliaments' role in crisis prevention and recovery
Almost 30 case studies and five regional papers are available from UNDP and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, produced by the joint Initiative on Strengthening the Role of Parliaments in Crisis Prevention and Recovery. Parliaments are well-positioned to play a positive role in situations of crisis and conflict. They are representative bodies, with authority to oversee government action, and they can serve as forums for dialogue or partners in negotiations.