A new constitution was introduced in Algeria in February 2016. This paved the way towards increased public engagement by transferring new powers to the parliament. WFD’s programme is designed to support the Algerian Parliament in developing the skills to put these new powers into practice.
In 2017, we launched a new programme to assist the Algerian Parliament, with funding from the UK embassy in Algiers. The programme provided support on parliamentary process, including induction of new members and advice on how to communicate with those you represent, while also contributing to an improved Algeria – UK relationship.
WFD’s continued engagement with senior officials in the People’s National Assembly (Lower House) and Council of the Nation (Upper House) has led to productive exchanges between MPs and staff in the Algerian Parliament and their counterparts in the UK and a successful induction programme for new members of the National Assembly.
These successes led to a new programme launched in 2019 to continue the support provided to the parliament to improve its three functions (legislative, oversight, representation), while placing a key additional focus on gender equality.
The Algeria Supporting Open and Inclusive Democratic Institutions in Algeria programme works to build the capacities of members of parliament and train staff in core functions of the parliament as per the new constitutions and its techniques and assist the modernisation of parliamentary support services. Additionally, the programme assists the parliament to improve its transparency and outreach, increase the participation of civil society and citizens, and focus on continued gender and human rights mainstreaming.