February 2021 Newsletter

Global Partners Governance

 

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Insight

Don’t forget to read and share our latest blogs!

In February we published a string of blogs looking into recent elections and democratic crises around the world. The first of them was written for GPG by Claudia Sevillano, Lecturer of Economics and Law at PUCP (Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Peru). In this piece, she recounts the many developments Peru went through in recent years and contemplates what future awaits the country after this time of crisis.

Former MP and Scottish Government Minister Margaret Curran wrote a reflection on the recent events in Myanmar and their consequences for the future of its progressive forces.

GPG’s Senior Project Manager Batool Al-Refaai reported on the recent Jordanian general elections and the deterioration of the country’s trust in its representatives in the heart of a crisis.

The last blog of our elections mini-series was written by GPG’s MENA Project Manager Nayla Zein, who reflects on the recent parliamentary elections in Kuwait and what their results mean for female representation and democracy in the country.

 

Anti-Modern Slavery blog for Delta 8.7

Our Head of Policy and Partnership Maria Peiró Mir wrote this piece for Delta 8.7 on the work GPG is conducting against Human Trafficking. She discusses working in Honduras and Sudan to advance the anti-trafficking agenda using a process of Post-Legislative Scrutiny.

 

Keep an eye out for our upcoming webinars

We will be hosting two online discussions on the topic of Human Rights in Uzbekistan. These webinars will be the continuation of our work with the Oliy Majlis’ Human Rights Commission and will look into the role of parliamentary oversight for Human Rights (March 15th) and Youth Rights (March 26th). Keep an eye out for more detail on our social media accounts!

 


Iraq

GPG’s Iraq team finalised the Guide to Parliaments on Youth Parliamentary Engagement written by Associates Aileen Walker and Francesca Danmole which examines the role of parliaments in mobilising and engaging with young citizens. The guide is scheduled to be published soon and will be available from our social media accounts.

GPG is working with the Iraqi Parliament’s Training & Development and Research departments and conducting sessions on how to conduct Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS). GPG also facilitated an exchange with the UK Parliament’s Library Department on advice and best practice for the Iraqi staff.

The team has started sessions with the Women’s Committee on Media Skills development to support them further in developing their public engagement and their own career development.

 


A picture of the Sudanese flag Sudan – Modern Slavery

This is a busy month for the National Committee to Counter Trafficking (NCCT) as they are due to submit their progress to the US State Department annual TIP Report. As part of our partnership with the NCCT, GPG is advising on best practice for reporting to ensure that the Committee’s achievements over the past year are adequately captured and highlighted.

GPG is also supporting the NCCT on developing a campaign strategy on human trafficking, the first step being to set up a task force within the NCCT to focus solely on awareness raising. This fits in with the model the NCCT have adopted, having also a dedicated subcommittee to look specifically into the review of the 2014 Human Trafficking Act, now making progress with their recommendations, which they will hopefully and eventually share with the Transitional Legislative Council (TLC).

 

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Modern Slavery in Transition: A Case Study of Sudan

GPG has partnered with Nottingham Rights Lab, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and Waging Peace for a three-month research study that explores how the pandemic affected Human Trafficking response in Sudan.

We are conducting interviews with policymakers and key-actors working in the field, including international organisations and government officials. This project is the newest addition to GPG’s portfolio in the country. GPG is already active in Sudan on two other projects: the Modern Slavery project funded by the Home Office and a TLC project funded by the FCDO.

 


Bahrain

In partnership with the Bahrain Council of Representatives, GPG focused this month’s work on youth political participation. The session was attended by close to 40% of the Members of the Council. It was inaugurated by H.E Abdulnabi Salman, First Deputy Speaker, and a paper was presented by the Chair of the parliamentary Youth and Sports Committee, H.E Ahmad al-Aamer. GPG Associate Lord Jeremy Purvis, Member of the UK House of Lords, shared his experience as a young politician and on engaging youth in his parliamentary work. Josh Kennedy and Ben McKendrick, respectively Chair and Chief Executive of the Scottish Youth Parliament, shared insights from their work.

Youth engagement in Bahrain’s political life is strong with 19 MPs under the age of 45 at the time of their election, many of whom took part in this workshop alongside representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of State for Shura and Nuwab (Lower and Upper Houses) Affairs, the Bahrain Institute for Political Development, and the Supreme Council for Women.

GPG is also supporting the General Secretariat of the Council of Representatives in its development of a 2-year roadmap for Information and Communications Technology as part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to rely on modern technology more than ever before.

 


Kuwait

This month, GPG continued its in-depth discussions with its partners from the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) to expand on areas of support to the Kuwait Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy (KIACS). GPG is currently in the process of co-developing the plan and content of a series of papers and sessions with Nazaha. The sessions will focus on the Freedom of Information law in Kuwait which was recently passed thanks to Nazaha’s efforts. GPG will draw on international and Kuwaiti experience to facilitate the exchange of expertise and to support public sector stakeholders as they mainstream implementation. In addition, GPG is working with Nazaha on guides to build capacity for the support of the development of Code of Conducts in the public sector.

GPG wishes to take this opportunity to congratulate Kuwait for improving its ranking in the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index, reaching the 78th position after holding the 85th position in 2019.

We would also like to extend our warm greetings to Kuwait on their National Day!


Armenia

For the past three months, GPG has been conducting a project on innovative techniques and strategies for the National Assembly of Armenia, as part of the UNDP’s programme “Modern Parliament for Modern Armenia”. GPG draws on the extensive international experience and knowledge of our associates Meg Munn, Alex Brazier, and Aileen Walker to design handbooks, strategic plans, and toolkits.

The team is working in collaboration with MPs, key staff, and local organisations to ensure the content of the materials and training addresses relevant priorities and concerns in six key areas: Training and Induction Programme; Branding and Outreach; Consistency work; Financial Oversight; Ethics and Integrity; and Engagement with Civil Society. Our task is to provide support with a range of innovative approaches to strengthen the work of parliamentarians and create the conditions to build long-term institutional memory.

 


Global Partners Governance Foundation

A picture of the Uzbek flag Uzbekistan

GPGF delivered a training programme designed for the Uzbekistan Human Rights Commission to expand its knowledge of the principles and standards of other Human Rights Committees and institutions and to share the experience of the UK’s Joint Human Rights Committee (JHRC) along that of Georgia, Bahrain, Ukraine, or Brazil. Over the course of several months, we worked on developing five thematic modules on our e-learning platform and organised a series of webinars. The final two webinars covered the topics of “Covid-19 and Human Rights” and “Public Outreach: Youth Rights” led by our associates Aileen Walker, Baroness Alison Suttie, and Sir Paul Silk.

The Commission’s engagement has been excellent, led by Professor Saidov, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber and the Chair of the Human Rights Commission, who attended the majority of the sessions along with Commission members. For the last webinar, “Public Outreach: Youth Rights,” the Chairman of Youth Parliament under the Legislative Chamber, Abdulla Aslonov, gave a speech on the International Convention on the Rights of Youth – an initiative proposed by President Mirziyoev.

These sessions served as a great opportunity to build a two-way dialogue with the Uzbek Commission to understand how GPGF can further contribute to the Commission’s activities.