Strategies for Strengthening Legislative Oversight, Accountability and Good Governance
In most nations, parliamentarians have the constitutional mandate to oversee and hold government to account on the delivery of service to the electorate.
Achieving this goal demands an increased focus on good governance, legislative strengthening, and parliament’s oversight functions with a view to increasing public financial accountability, curbing corruption, and contributing to poverty reduction.
This specialist programme examines functional systems and accountability models drawing on experiences from many different perspectives and legislative settings worldwide. It demonstrates the vital need to design and deliver acceptable accountability mechanisms and explore oversight tools used by effective legislatures.
It analyses and takes into account differing constitutionally defined legislative powers, institutional arrangements between and among the branches of government, and gives a better understand of the divisions of authority between regional, national, sub–national, and local governments – critically assessing the degree of legitimacy conferred on various legislative entities, and the resources available to it, recognising that effective and steady national budget process is critical to all concerned.
The major objective of the programme is to equip attendees with renewed skills necessary for executing budget oversight in a holistic manner, from the formulation and approval of the budget, to implementation, performance review and post examination of public accounts. Additionally, it focuses on the attaining of accountability standards that promote and deliver favourable democratic dividends to different constituencies and interest groups.
Special attention is paid to skills for developing and understanding accountability mechanisms that can assist parliamentary committees and independent parliamentary budget personnel.
There is a direct set–up of collaborative partnership with the MPs at the House of Parliament in training venues (only for the UK and Republic of Kenya), which is a vital component of this workshop.
- Develop a sound understanding of legislative over–sight and budgeting; including tools for legislative oversight duties, relationship between over–sight duties and effective democracy, and consequences of inaction, etc.
- Become better aware of the implication of legislative oversight on the budget process; including role of legislature in budget processes (ex–ante and ex–post), budgeting and control in governance, legislative budget institutions, roles of legislative in budget drafting, managing effects of no–budget at start of fiscal year, roles of Public Account Committees, international experiences of legislative budget offices, etc.
- Become conversant in the legislative oversight responsibilities of varying nations; including oversight/budgeting specific case studies of United Kingdom, Poland, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, South Africa, Italy, Czech Republic, Uganda, and other Latin America legislative systems
- Become better able to develop strategies for attaining accountability standards and mechanisms within the context of legislatures and administrative oversight budget functions; including understanding the constraints of constitution and power distribution, organisational procedures in parliament and the inter–play of time and executive responsibilities
Who should attend
This programme is recommended for new & existing parliamentarians at local, state and national levels; parliamentary staff, legislative practitioners, public office holders that interact principally with parliaments, political aspirants, and others with legislative duties.
It especially benefits house members of parliamentary committees, clerks, directors and independent parliamentary budget officers.