GPG’s programmes have focused on strengthening political institutions by identifying ways to make them more effective, resilient and responsive to citizens’ needs. Over the past decade, we have worked extensively with national parliaments and government ministries, and have been providing advice and support to central, regional and local government on planning and implementing decentralisation processes.
We also work with global donor agencies and international organisations to improve the way that their programmes are designed, delivered and evaluated, by helping them understand the reality of politics on the ground.
We do not approach any of our programmes with ready-made solutions or set activities. Following our ‘partner-led problem solving’ approach we engage with the specific challenges faced by our local partners, designing programmes of support tailored to their needs.
Managing Institutional Change
Many of the countries in which we work are characterised by conflict, division and instability. Political assistance in such environments is particularly sensitive and for that reason, every piece of work is developed with our partners in country, helping them to identify and implement their own reforms.
Our approach to delivering institutional change – following the KAPE® methodology – focuses on identifying new ways of working, engaging with the incentives of people who work within institutions to establish patterns of behaviour that improve performance and strengthen political development.See Countries >>
Our programme of support to the Council of Representatives ran from 2008-2016. The project sought principally to strengthen the work of parliamentary committees in conducting oversight and holding government to account, working simultaneously with committees, internal parliamentary directorates, the Secretary General and the Speaker’s office.
From initial support to two committees, over time our work expanded as more MPs requested our help, growing to incorporate support to ten different committees. In light of the complex political environment in Iraq, the variety of opinions on what parliament should be doing, and the vastly different needs of the various committees, the project required considerable political skills in navigating the different interests vying for power.
With our assistance, four committees delivered successful pre- and post-legislative scrutiny inquiries for the first time in Iraq, embedding this innovation into routine practice. At the same time we worked directly with the Speakership to establish a set of central standards and guidance for committee activity; supported the development of the first parliamentary Code of Conduct in the region; and introduced more efficient and coordinated processes to manage the passage of legislation.See less^^
GPG has been working in Egypt since 2011, providing advice and direct support to strengthen the parliament. Despite the challenging and fluid political situation in Egypt, our agile project model has enabled us to continue to provide an uninterrputed programme of support over the past six years.
Our programme of support in Egypt has included delivering technical advice to the constitution-drafting committee in 2014 on the amendment of the Egyptian Constitution and conducting a series of induction training workshops for new MPs, in collaboration with our local partner the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, following the 2015 parliamentary elections.
More recent support has focused on women’s political leadership with parliamentarians in Egypt, providing capacity building training to help them carry out their jobs more effectively, and a strand of work related to gender mainstreaming in legislation and budgets. GPG also collaborated with the American University in Cairo in the production of a book on ‘Women’s Political Participation in Egypt and Beyond’, based on a political economy analysis of the role of women in political life.See less^^
GPG began its programme of support to Jordan in 2012 when we were approached by the Royal Court to provide assistance in developing the country’s political institutions. Since then we have worked closely with the Jordanian parliament, political parties, and individual government ministries to implement key political reforms.
Our adaptive approach to programming has allowed us to deliver continuous support to political institutions in Jordan, despite the rapidly changing political context and inconsistent pace of reform.
Key achievements have included supporting the internal restructuring of the Ministry of Political and Parliamentary Affairs, improving co-ordination between ministries, and implementing new mechanisms to improve Executive-Legislature relations and planning. Our technical advice on the reform of the parliamentary rules of procedure resulted in significant revisions including providing for the existence of parliamentary blocs, the introduction of a Code of Conduct for MPs, and streamlining of the legislative process.See less^^
From 2013-2014 GPG provided support to political institutions in Libya, working with the General National Congress and then liaising with the House of Representatives, the first elected parliament in Libya in over forty years, to support MPs in their endeavours to create a functioning parliamentary institution.
Working simultaneously with politicians and parliamentary staff we delivered technical advice on developing the parliament’s internal structures and rules of procedure. Given the House of Representatives’ pivotal role in the development of Libya’s representative political structures during the transitional period, our work sought to improve the functioning of legislative committees, the role of members of parliament, parliament’s engagement with the public and the capacity of staff.See less^^
In South Sudan, GPG was one of the implementing organisations for a DFID project, led by Adam Smith International, to improve the performance of the security sector. Our support focused on improving parliamentary oversight and accountability, working with the Defence and Security Committee to enhance their understanding of the security sector, develop principles and techniques of effective oversight, improve the committee’s planning and working practices, and to generate constructive relations with their counterparts in the Defence ministry.See less^^
From 2016-2017 GPG worked with the Honduran Congress to improve the implementation of the Law Against Human Trafficking through a process of post-legislative scrutiny (PLS). Over a series of visits our project team worked with the Family, Children, Youth and Older Persons Committee and the Justice and Human Rights Committee to introduce the concept of PLS and guide the inquiry process, focusing on building capacity around planning, consultation and coordination. In doing so we worked closely with the Interinstitutional Committee against Sexual Exploitation in Children (CICESCT), an interagency commission with a mandate for monitoring the implementation of the human trafficking legislation.See less^^
We have been providing assistance to the Sudan National Assembly since 2016, focusing on strengthening parliamentary oversight processes and improving public outreach.
By providing technical advice to our interlocutors, the project aims to enhance the effectiveness of parliament’s oversight and scrutiny of legislation. Our work includes supporting four committees to undertake pilot policy inquiries in key delivery areas, namely solar power generation and use, disposal of solid waste, marketing of sorghum and teacher training. For the first time in Sudan, we are working with committee members and staff to introduce public consultation as an essential element of the scrutiny process.
In addition, we are providing expert contributions towards the development of a public engagement strategy to improve parliamentary transparency and outreach, and strengthen accountability.See less^^
In Ukraine, GPG has provided strategic support and guidance to staff from the Speaker’s Office. Through a combination of visits to Kyiv and support from London, GPG Associates met with key staff from the Speaker’s Office to provide advice in developing strategic working practices within the team. By encouraging and embedding strategic working, the Speaker’s Office will be better equipped to support the Speaker in his work to pass the Cox reforms (a set of parliamentary reforms to modernise the Rada).See less^^
In Oman, GPG provided assistance to the two Houses of the legislature, the Majlis A’Shura and the Majlis Al-Dawla. Working directly with members and staff we delivered technical advice and support on the development of the role of the Majlis, specifically parliamentary roles, budget oversight and scrutiny functions.See less^^
Decentralisation and Service Delivery
We have increasingly been called upon to provide support to countries that are designing and implementing decentralisation reform. Our work in this area sees us operate at three levels: supporting central strategic planning to decentralise and devolve authority to the local level; ensuring that local authorities have sufficient skills, capacity and resources to implement that strategy; and providing direct support at the local level to staff and politicians to use these systems and identify practical ways to improve the delivery of services to citizens.
Our support draws extensively on international examples and best practice, including the direct experience of a number of our Associates in managing and implementing decentralisation as senior leaders in local and central government. In November 2016 GPG held a regional conference in Jordan on the topic of Decentralisation in the Arab Region, bringing together representatives of central and local governments from eight different countries to explore the practical challenges of implementing decentralisation in the Middle East and North Africa.See Countries >>
Our reputation in Iraq as an independent and expert organisation supporting the process of political change over many years resulted in a request to deliver a specific programme of support to the Governors and Provincial Councils of Basra and Ninawa.
In Basra, we worked directly with the Governor of Basra, the Provincial Council and the local Council of Representatives Office to improve cross-institutional communication and coordination and effectively manage the transfer of powers from central government to the provincial level. We provided guidance to local authorities to collectively discuss strategic plans for decentralisation and supported a systematic review of service delivery by the Governorate to identify areas of improvement to better serve its citizens.
Our work in Ninawa took place in an extremely fragile political and security situation, supporting the governorate institutions to develop their strategic planning capacity in anticipation of liberation from ISIS. With our guidance, the local government endorsed their first five-year strategy, outlining a political vision for governance post-liberation. We also worked closely with the Provincial Council on strengthening their oversight capacity, supporting their first policy inquiry into combatting ISIS ideology through a series of public consultations and evidence gathering sessions.See less^^
An integral part of the King’s vision for political reform in Jordan is a process of democratic decentralisation. The aim of the process is to bring decision-making closer to the citizen, provide increased opportunity for political participation at a local and regional level, and remove a burden from the Parliament and MPs in dealing with constituency issues that could be handled locally.
GPG has been closely involved in the development of decentralisation legislation in recent years, providing technical support to the parliamentary committees scrutinising the Decentralisation and Municipalities Laws that were passed in 2015.
Our current programme of support to Jordan involves working at central government level with the Ministry of Interior, as well as at regional level in three governorates (Jarash, Madaba and Karak), to plan and prepare for the implementation of this legislation. Following the 2017 local elections that established governorate-level bodies to oversee regional development, we will be working in partnership with the key institutions in each governorate to provide programmes of support tailored to their specific needs, including capacity development and training.See less^^
GPG is one of the implementing organisations as part of a consortium delivering the 5-year Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID) programme in Tanzania. This DFID funded project, which began in 2016, aims to strengthen democratic institutions and governance in Tanzania so that they are more inclusive and accountable, and economic growth provides more benefits for poor people.
Our programme of support involves working with local politicians to develop strategic solutions in delivering their constituency work and address some of the most pressing service delivery issues such as water provision, healthcare and access to economic markets. During the initial phase we are focusing on six constituencies, supporting MPs to improve the effectiveness of their constituency casework and developing strategic plans to enable collective solutions to policy challenges at the local level.See less^^
GPG undertook a scoping study visit the three states of Gazira, Gadarif, and River Nile and met with many key stakeholders from the state executive and legislative level of government as well as with the federal executive and legislative level of government in Khartoum with the Ministry of Federal Government and Council of States. The purpose of the scoping study visit is to prepare a context analysis on the local governance reform in Sudan in partnership with the British Council. The study visit has also focused on developing feasible programming recommendations to improve the local governance and citizen participation in governance processes and decision-making in Sudan.See less^^
Mentoring and Training
With over a decade of experience delivering training and professional development, we provide political and parliamentary staff at all levels with the strategies and tools needed to undertake their roles and effectively as possible, in turn building stronger institutions.
Our approach to training is highly practical and tailored to the unique context in which we are working. We believe that what happens outside the classroom is more important that what happens inside it. Our work is focused on the practical management of problems, developing new ways of working and ensuring new systems and processes are understood and operate effectively. The quality and distinctiveness of this approach is reflected in the fact that we are one of the only officially-approved providers of training to senior staff and politicians in the House of Commons and National Assembly of Wales.See Countries >>
House of Commons
National Assembly for Wales
John Smith Memorial Trust
GPG holds a five year contract (2015-2020) with the UK Parliament to provide training and support for select committee members and staff to help them perform their roles and functions more effectively. The work focuses specifically on Committees working as a team, including training and facilitation of Committee discussions. The team for this project is led by our Director and Deputy Director, and draws from GPG’s extensive network of associates which includes former Committee chairs and Members of Parliament with extensive committee experience, former Ministers, senior staff in parliaments, governments and political parties as well as leading academics in the field.See less^^
Global Partners Governance is an approved provider of training to the National Assembly for Wales. We have provided bespoke courses for AMs on a broad variety of topics including budgets, financial scrutiny, strategic planning and committee leadership. Training is provided by our experienced team of associates with specific understanding of the context of devolved governance in Wales.See less^^
For three years GPG ran the UK arm of the John Smith Memorial Trust’s work to develop future leaders in the states of the former Soviet Union. This two-week intensive course, run from London and Edinburgh, involved the development and delivery of tailored courses around the interests of the John Smith Fellows, including policy development, parliamentary democracy, public speaking and project management.See less^^
GPG worked with the British Council in South East Europe to develop a programme of training and support for politicians in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. The programme focused on some of the practical skills that politicians required to do their jobs more effectively including policy development, legislative oversight and service to constituents. The project deployed the expertise of politicians at Westminster, but also sought to build links between politicians in the region to identify and disseminate best practice.See less^^
As part of its support to the to the two Houses of the legislature, the Majlis A’Shura and the Majlis Al-Dawla, GPG provided training and development for staff from different directorates over a two-year period, focusing on specific skills such as scrutinising budgets and amending legislation. We also provided training as part of an induction of new members following the election in 2008.See less^^
Political Economy Analysis and Evaluation
As well as delivering direct support and advice, GPG provides strategic analysis and advice for international organisations and donor agencies on their approach to strengthening political institutions.
Our approach to political economy analysis (PEA) considers that the performance of a political system depends fundamentally upon the behaviours of those within in it, which are determined by arrange of informal drivers and incentives, in addition to the more visible formal governance structures. In carrying out a PEA we assess these elements through a combination of methods, using the findings to product a context report with strong, evidence-based conclusions specific to the local political environment.
We also conduct programme and organisational evaluations, drawing from our hands-on experience in project delivery to provide practical recommendations to a broad range of clients including the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy.
GPG Founder and Director Greg Power is an internationally recognised expert on political and parliamentary assistance, and has written numerous publications on the application of political economy analysis and donor approaches to institutional reform.See Countries >>
GPG produced an in depth and detailed PEA of the Afghani legislature in 2015 at the request of the Department for International Development Afghanistan (DFIDA) in order to deepen its understanding of how the Afghani parliament works and identify the key factors inhibiting the effectiveness of both Houses – the Wolesi Jirga and the Meshrano Jirga. The study was based on the GPG approach to PEA for parliaments and intended to improve the understanding of the international donor community to better direct its support to parliament and develop relevant, targeted and successful international assistance initiatives.See less^^
In 2013 GPG was commissioned to conduct the Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy’s (NIMD) programme of political party assistance in Uganda, the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD). The MTR covered the period 2009-2013 and sought to assess IPOD’s initial results and performance in supporting and developing interparty dialogue amongst Uganda’s six parliamentary parties. In addition, GPG appraised NIMD’s proposal for a direct funding mechanism to parties through IPOD for its donors, the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), which has since been approved. In 2015, GPG was asked to revisit IPOD’s work to measure impact and provide recommendations for future practice in a follow up evaluation to the 2013 MTR.See less^^
In 2015 Greg Power worked with Professor Robert Nakamura from the State University of New York (SUNY) to provide an analysis of USAID/DFID assistance to the Kenyan Parliament, examining the path of political reform and the characteristics that shaped the project’s effectiveness in that period. The analysis examined the project’s effectiveness against the wider context of international assistance, and specifically the recent surge of interest amongst donor agencies in more politically-informed’ and ‘agile’ forms of programming, reflected in the growth of initiatives such as Doing Development Differently and Thinking and Working Politically. The authors examined how SUNY incrementally developed a “Kenya Model” that proved successful in using donor funds to develop capacities and facilitating their use by MPs to transform the Kenya National Assembly.See less^^
GPG conducted a major analysis of how International IDEA’s work on political parties in Latin America, Africa and Asia, providing detailed recommendations on how their programme should develop. This was used as the basis for discussions among practitioners in the field, and was described by Carnegie Vice President of Studies Thomas Carothers as ‘outstanding’.See less^^
IPU Self-Assessment Toolkit
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DIPD
Parliamentarians for Global Action
GPG has been commissioned by the IPU to conduct several analyses and evaluations in the last decade.
In 2013 GPG was selected to conduct the internal Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Inter Parliamentary Union’s 5 year Strategy. The review team examined the development, implementation and interim results of the IPU Strategy’s related activities, two years since it was launched, with a focus on gender equality and mainstreaming programming. The team’s analysis was used to demonstrate whether and how the IPU Strategy has had an impact and added value to democratic and parliamentary development, as well as to consider whether the IPU Strategy delivered value for money for member parliaments.
GPG was also involved in the development of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) self-assessment toolkit for parliaments. The purpose of the toolkit is to assist parliaments and their members in assessing how their institution performs against international criteria for democratic parliaments, in order to identify priorities and means for strengthening performance.See less^^
In Kyrgyzstan, as part of the DfID funded project Governance in Action, GPG conducted an in-depth PEA study of the Kyrgyz Parliament – the Jorgorku Kenesh – identifying features of the Parliament that could be effectively supported and improved in order to address constraints to economic growth. Based upon meetings conducted during a two week visit to Bishkek, the study identified the most promising avenues for support and growth within the parliament.See less^^
GPG provided expert analysis and advice to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) between 2008 and 2010 to create the Danish Institute of Parties and Democracy (DIPD). GPG’s recommendations helped to shape the role, structure and scope of the DIPD, which was established in 2010. GPG was subsequently commissioned to conduct a review of DIPD in March 2013. The review sought to assess the Institute’s performance with regard to its programmatic results and selection of partners and organisational administration and future funding needs.See less^^
GPG’s evaluation of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) was funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and conducted over 6 months in 2012. The evaluation looked at PGA’s programmes, internal governance structure and financial management. Our evaluation examined the extent to which PGA’s programmatic strategy, impact, financial operations and wider organizational management helped fulfill PGA’s vision, mission and values. Our insights were used to suggest improvements for PGA’s future work and to conduct a training programme for PGA Staff in New York tailored to mitigating perceived gaps and improving PGA’s future work in the target areas identified in the evaluation.See less^^
NDI (National Democratic Institute)
In 2010, GPG undertook a project to create a Framework for Political Party Programming for the National Democratic Institute (NDI). It examined the dynamics and incentive structures underlying party reform for the purposes of informing NDI’s future political party programming. As part of this effort, GPG utilized the emblematic example of the Institute’s party assistance programme in Serbia, which since 1997 has supported the country’s democratic transformation, to create a rubric for evaluating NDI’s worldwide approach to political party development.See less^^
GPG has worked closely with the Global Organisation for Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and its various chapters including in the Arab world (ARPAC) over the last decade. This included drafting GOPAC’s guide for implementing parliamentary ethics regimes (LINK TO PUBLICATION). GPG also provided strategic advice for GOPAC’s board on developing their five year strategy and funding options in 2012, and was commissioned by USAID to evaluate the work of ARPAC , and make recommendations on its future direction in 2013.See less^^