The Parliament of Tanzania is the country’s supreme organ for legislation, oversight, budget approval and representation. It is the key accountability mechanism between citizens and the government. institutional and operational weakness. In advancing participatory and inclusive governance, the institution faces institutional and operational challenges that must be addressed, if it is to be more effective, transparent, accountable and inclusive in its work.
Some of the challenges, which are not uncommon to parliaments of the developing world include inadequate physical, human resources and technological infrastructure for at the Bunge premises in Dodoma and in constituencies. Others include a rather high number of new MPs, social distance between MPs and citizens, limited citizen literacy of the modus operandi of Parliament and its committees, and limited access to and use of ICTs in parliamentary business. There is also insufficient gender analysis of legislation, budget and in oversight of the Executive branch of government.
For more than a decade, UNDP has supported the National Assembly, most recently with the Legislative Support Project I (2011 – 2016). Building on the LSP I and the need for more support for the National Assembly to meet international standards for democratic parliaments, UNDP continues to support the National Assembly through the LSP II.
- Citizens must have the opportunity to actively participate in the work of the National Assembly. The project supports informed public participation in sectoral committees’ engagement in bill scrutiny, budget review and oversight of government policies and programmes
- Enhancing the National Assembly’s capacity to monitor the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Physical and online tools are being developed for the National Assembly to conduct effective outreach and public communication.
- Gender equality and women’s representation are key democratic governance pillars. In partnership with UN Women, the project supports men MPs and staff as HeForShe champions for gender equality within and outside the National Assembly. It also supports whole-of-institution gender training and mainstreaming in legislative, oversight, budget approval as well as National Assembly administration, and customized training for women MPs.
- Through South-South cooperation, the project sup- ports peer to peer exchanges, mentoring and coaching of MPs and staff.
Takawira Musavengana, Chief Technical Advisor
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Find out more about the project by downloading the project fact sheet.