GPG has been working with parliaments, parties, politicians and staff in countries throughout the Middle East and Africa, and beyond since 2006. Our work typically seeks to strengthen parliaments by making them more effective in their core tasks, and by supporting the process of reform.

In recent years our work has extended to working with the Executive and decentralised tiers of government in a number of countries.

In addition, we have conducted political economy analyses and strategic evaluations for a variety of other international organisations and funders, helping them to make their own projects more effective.

The countries in which we work are often 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 that country – politicians, parties, ministers and officials.

Our objective is to help each of them become more effective in doing their job. We provide support and expert advice to them on issues of strategy, organisation and process. But, ultimately, it is for our partners to decide on how best to implement them.

The list of projects below is not exhaustive, but provides a sense of the work that we undertake.

Current work

Iraq

GPG has been working with the Iraqi Council of Representatives since 2008. The project has focused principally on support to parliamentary committees, helping them to improve their internal structure and external impact on government policy and legislation. We have also worked closely with various parliamentary directorates to improve the way in which they work with MPs, the Secretary General’s office to improve co-ordination of internal structures and the Speaker to monitor and evaluate the work of the committees.

Project manager: Adlah Alkurdi

Jordan

GPG is working closely with the Ministry of Political and Parliamentary Affairs and the Jordanian parliament to improve the way in which the parliament functions. The project started in 2012 and focuses on supporting the ministry in delivering their political reform programme and managing the relationship between the executive and parliament. We are working with several parliamentary committees to develop their working method and structures and enhance effectiveness in legislative scrutiny and oversight of government. GPG also provides advice and support to parliamentary blocs in strengthening their internal policy-making and decision-making processes in parliament through workshops, seminars and regional events.

Our local partner in Jordan is Al-Hayat Centre for Civil Society Development. It was established on 31 May 2006. Their work aims to raise awareness among Jordanians on values of democracy and human rights, such as good governance, rule of law, gender equality, and public participation, and equip them with participatory skills to play an active role in politics.

Find out more about Al-Hayat Centre for Civil Society Development

Project manager: Khalid Ali

Egypt

GPG started its work in Egypt during 2011. Before elections, we worked with political parties and independent to define the role of parliament and how it should work. This involved a series of roundtable discussions and developing Parliamentary Standards. Although subject to a number of constitutional court rulings which create uncertainty in the development of parliament, GPG worked closely with elected members of Shura Assembly to enhance effectiveness in legislative scrutiny and provided them with advice to amend Shura Bylaws. GPG also provided support to Shura Assembly Staff to develop their internal organization and improve their parliamentary research skills. Since July 2013 the future of Egyptian politics has remained uncertain, but the project will seek to support a process of democratic transition and development where appropriate.

We work with two local partners in Egypt; the Arab Forum for Alternatives and Global Partners Egypt. AFA is a research institution established in 2008. Their work is focused on addressing issues of reform on the political, social and economic levels. Their work informs decision makers of alternatives for addressing pressures of reform. GPE was established in 2012 to run GPG’s project with the Egyptian parliament and political parties.

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Project manager: Yasmine Ismail

Tanzania

GPG is part of a consortium, led by Palladium and including the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), BBC Media Action and the Dutch development organisation, SNV, which has been awarded a 5-year project to deliver the Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID) programme in Tanzania. This DFID funded project, beginning in summer 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.

Consortium partners will collaborate closely to implement activities in three interlinked areas: deepening democracy, collective action in the public interest, and research and learning. GPG will draw on its expertise in representative politics to focus on the first, by working with parties, parliament and politicians to support more effective, inclusive, transparent and responsive democratic institutions.

Project manager: Maria Peiró Mir

Honduras

GPG began working in Honduras in 2016. With the use of our associates’ expertise, our focus during this project is on improving implementation of the Law Against Human Trafficking and the capacity of Congress to monitor legislation by working to support a post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) process, led by commissions of the National Congress including consultations, planning and coordination carried out with the Comision Interinstitucional contra la Explotacion Sexual, Comercial y Trata de Personas (Inter-institutional Commission against Sexual, Commercial and Human Trafficking Exploitation – CICESCT) and other key stakeholders.

Project manager: Maria Peiró Mir

Ukraine

GPG currently provides strategic support to the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada). Funded by the British Embassy in Kyiv, the project provides expert advice and support in order to strengthen the Office of the Speaker, and, in turn, facilitate his work in implementing a series of reforms to enhance the Rada’s oversight, legislative and representative functions.

Project manager: Emma Makey

Sudan

GPG has started work in Sudan in 2016 under the Project of “Improving the Functioning of Parliament in Sudan”. In coordination with the Speaker and Secretary General of the Sudan National Assembly, and with the use of our associates’ expertise, the project aims to enhance the effectiveness of the Sudanese Parliament committees legislative and oversight role, to provide direct support to the Secretary General and Parliamentary Directorates to develop an outreach strategy and enhance communication between the Parliament and the Public, and to help connect the work of parliamentary committees with that of the Speakers and Governors of State Parliaments through support to committee policy enquiries and Post-legislative Scrutiny processes.

Project manager: Mona Tantawy

Other

United Kingdom

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.  

Project manager: Sue Griffiths

Libya

GPG provided support to political institutions in Libya, working with the General National Congress until the summer of 2014, and then liaising with the House of Representatives (HoR) and seeking to support members in their endeavours to create a functioning parliamentary institution. GPG worked with politicians and parliamentary staff on the institution’s internal structures and rules of procedure. Given the HoR’s pivotal role in the development of Libya’s representative political structures in the transitional period, GPG’s 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.

Project manager: Adlah Alkurdi

Afghanistan

GPG produced an in depth and detailed political economy analysis (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 is intended to improve the understanding of the international donor community so that it can better direct its support to parliament and develop relevant, targeted and successful international assistance initiatives.

Project manager: Greg Power

Fiji

GPG has been working with the Parliament of Fiji since 2015, helping individual parliamentary caucuses on matters of internal organisation, policy formation and strategy development as well working together with all caucuses on cross-caucus engagement, negotiations and dispute resolution. By working simultaneously on inter and intra-caucus dynamics, the aim of the project is to assist the parliament to function more effectively and manage political tensions.

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Uganda

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.

Project manager: Nedjma Ouerdane

Algeria

GPG has been working in Algeria since May 2015 on a project to support the National Popular Assembly (Lower House) in its core functions and tasks. The project is currently focusing on assisting parliamentary staff in the areas of parliamentary communications and scrutiny of legislation and on facilitating regional / international peer-to-peer exchanges in relevant policy and procedural areas. GPG is also collaborating closely with other implementing organisations working with the Algerian Parliament to identify where and how a longer term partnership could best be developed.

Project manager: Nedjma Ouerdane

Rwanda

GPG Director, Greg Power, contributed to the development of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) self-assessment toolkit and was asked to facilitate the Rwandan parliament’s self-assessment exercise as part of its review of its Strategic Plan. The self‐assessment exercise took place in two separate stages with the appointed Senate (second chamber) in December 2008, and with the elected Chamber of Deputies in March 2009. The self‐assessment exercise was seen as a useful vehicle for measuring progress against the Strategic Plan. The specific objectives were to identify the parliament’s strengths and weaknesses in the key strategic orientations, identify ways in which its performance might be strengthened in these areas and suggest ways in which the Parliament’s Strategic Plan could incorporate these elements.

Project manager: Greg Power

Oman

GPG provided support to the two Houses of the Omani legislature, the Majlis A’Shura and the Majlis Al-Dawla.  The project worked directly with Members and staff on the development of the role of the Majlis in terms of representation, legislation and financial.  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.  GPG also provided support to the induction of new members following the election in 2008.

Project manager: Greg Power

South Sudan

GPG worked as part of a wider ASI/DFID project to improve the performance of the security sector in Southern Sudan.  While other parts of the programme dealt directly with the government, GPG’s part of the project was focused on improving parliamentary oversight and accountability. Specifically, GPG worked 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.

Project manager: Greg Power

Kenya

GPG Director, Greg Power, worked with Professor Robert Nakamura to provide an analysis of USAID/DFID assistance to the Kenyan Parliament, delivered by SUNY since 1999, examining the path of political reform and the characteristics that have shaped its effectiveness in that period.  It seeks to put that experience in 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 examine 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.

Project manager: Greg Power