International Development Committee - Ninth Report
Parliamentary Strengthening

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 21 January 2015.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Parliamentary Strengthening

2 The Importance of Parliamentary Strengthening

Development, Democracy and Parliaments

The Importance of Parliament

Conclusions and recommendations

3 Expenditure

DFID Expenditure

Other UK Spending

Parliamentary Strengthening Worldwide

Conclusions and recommendations

4 DFID's parliamentary strengthening programmes

Number and types of DFID's programmes

Key Characteristics of good Parliamentary Strengthening

The importance of the long term

Flexibility: responding to opportunities

The importance of the local

Wide engagement across the political system, including the media and civil society.

Donor co-ordination

Be practical

Building relationships

South to south working

Importance of working with MPs and staff

The importance of political awareness

When it goes wrong

Better UK Government co-ordination of parliamentary strengthening programmes

Conclusions and recommendations

5 Commissioning

Bilateral Commissioning

Skills and Expertise: Managers or Specialists

Work with Multilaterals

Small and Flexible Commissioning

Conclusions and recommendations

6 Strengthening Westminster and UK Institutions

Strength of the Westminster Brand

Failure to Use Westminster as a National Asset

What DFID Needs to Strengthen

What Westminster Needs to Strengthen

Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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