WFD is currently implementing a three-year programme (2016-2019) to strengthen parliamentary practice in the national Parliament of Burma, while supporting MPs at the regional level.
In partnership with the UK House of Commons, British Council, Irrawaddy Policy Exchange and International Republican Institute, the programme works with MPs, Committees, parliamentary staff and potential young leaders to improve the technical capacity of the parliament, encourage MPs to engage effectively with the people they represent and inspire a future generation of leaders.
With the promise to transform the impoverished country after more than 50 years of military rule, the new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi created high expectations. By strengthening the parliament’s ability to deliver quality legislation and monitor the new government, the programme supports Burma’s parliamentary institutions with consolidating the transition to a full democracy.
From junior parliamentary staff to committee Chairs, WFD provides insight into UK and regional parliamentary procedures through learning exchanges, thematic technical training and policy advice.
As part of this strand of work, British Council English language training, as well as an assessment of the parliamentary building by the Irrawaddy Policy Exchange were conducted.
WFD is working with two subnational parliaments in Kayah State and Sagaing Region to support MPs outreach with their constituencies. Additional work on human resources and committee procedures is ongoing.
WFD is also working to inspire future leaders to become involved in Burmese politics and civil society.
In partnership with the International Republican Institute (IRI), WFD supported the Leadership Training School, to develop young women’s communication and from across Burma a planned annual event to Mentorship trainings.
- Enhancing capacity of staff to support Members
- Effectiveness of Committees
- Human Resources and institutional reform
- Building Facilities assessment by the IPE
- English Language Learning by the British Council
- Hluttaw-Government relations
- MP-Constituent relations and communication skills for MPs
- Support to the functioning of committees
- Human Resource management
Strengthening Governance and Accountability in Burma
Planned end: July 2019