WFD is supporting a three year programme from 2012-15 to strengthen the skills of the Provincial Assembly of the Province Orientale in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The programme aims to engage with parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and civil society to promote a more effective Assembly.
A key focus of the programme is to empower women from the province to engage more effectively with the Assembly by working with, and supporting, civil society groups. WFD's programme is also continuing to support the Assembly's own training centre, the Reseau Congolais de Personnels des Parlements, with which it has worked on a parliamentary strengthening programme since 2010.
Women participants at the workshop in January 2013, which focused on building practical skills in advocacy and policy development.
Women MPs and representatives from civil society organisations in Province Orientale attended a workshop in October 2012 focused on training in advocacy, as well as in developing evidence-based policy recommendations, and policy platforms.