Parliament Support Project (PSP)

Status: Active  
Duration:  September 2015 - December 2019  
Geographic coverage: Kathmandu-based, but covers all districts in implementation of outreach  
Focus area: Democratic Governance  
Implemented by: UNDP  
Partner: Legislature Parliament    
Funded by: UNDP    

Summary

Since 2008, UNDP had been supporting the Constituent Assembly/Legislature-Parliament (CA/LP) in its task of participatory constitution-building, through the Support to Participatory Constitution-Building in Nepal (SPCBN) project. After promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal, the SPCBN project was transformed into the more comprehensive Parliament Support Project (PSP), geared to provide general support to the Federal Parliament (FP) and Provincial Assemblies (PAs) in order to strengthen their role as law-making oversight bodies that are representative of the people. The project also focuses on supporting the Parliaments in assuming a pro-active role with respect to early and full recovery and equitable development. Furthermore, support to constitutional transition remains one of the core activities of the project in the initial phase of the implementation of the new Constitution. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the FP and PAs as institutions that can respond to the needs and concerns of all citizens including marginalized groups, and foster implementation of the Constitution.

The project has four major outputs:

1.      Enhance the capacity of Federal Parliament and Provincial Assemblies to be effective and participatory;

2.      Enhance the capacity of the Parliamentary Secretariats to be capable and innovative in their support to Members of Parliament (MPs)/Members of Provincial Assemblies (MPAs) and committees;

3.      Enhance the capacity of the Federal Parliament and Provincial Assemblies to be open, interactive and accountable to citizens;

4.      Build the capacity of women and disadvantaged MPs/MPAs to be effective in their routine interactions with women, youth and disadvantaged groups.

 

Background

In acknowledgment of the importance of the Parliament’s role, UNDP launched the Parliament Support Project (PSP) on 1 September 2015.

The project seeks to provide more general support to the FP and PAs in order to fortify their role as law/policy-making oversight bodie that are representative of the people. The project puts emphasis on creating opportunities for marginalized groups and women, among others, to participate in parliamentary affairs in the spirit of inclusiveness. Furthermore, the project supports the Parliaments in responding to the current challenges in implementing the new Constitution.

By broadening the focus to be more comprehensive, the project can contribute to institution-building at a crucial point in Nepal’s history and promptly react and adapt depending on the evolvement of the context and provide support to the Parliament, and in particular the FP and PA-Secretariats, according to their priority needs. It aims to empower the FP and PA-Secretariats to effectively assume their role of bolstering the Parliaments. Whenever appropriate and possible, the project works through the FP and PA-Secretariats for sustainable results. The project interacts with the Parliament/Assemblies in a consistent, future-oriented way and aims to build on the vast experience and expertise of working with the CA, its members and Secretariat, as well as the extensive experience of UNDP in responding to crises and supporting Parliaments elsewhere.

With the FP-Secretariat as its main counterpart, the project’s clear focus on institution-building provides embedded sustainability; the emphasis on emerging provincial assemblies, meanwhile, includes a scaling-up perspective; the work with the different committees of the Parliament/Assemblies contributes to policy-development and dialogue; and explicit attention paid to inclusive participation helps to target activities in line with UNDAF’s underscoring of people-centric approaches.

What have we accomplished so far?

A. Technical support in law-making: Expert reviews and public consultations on various proposed bills

B. Support to strengthen oversight functions: Backed various committees to improve their oversight functions

C. Public-hearing programmes for parliamentarians: Improved direct dialogue between the constituents and their elected by organizing programmes geared at offering an opportunity for the public to raise their concerns and for parliamentarians to respond to them

D. Parliament outreach: Supported various undertakings to strengthen parliamentary communications, civic education and youth engagement

E. Knowledge production: Published informative knowledge materials and tools related to improved reporting on and understanding of parliamentary functions

F. Capacity-building: Conducted various workshops, trainings, induction/orientation sessions, interactions and sensitization programmes for parliamentarians and Secretariat staff on various thematic areas

G. Institutional support to the Parliament Secretariat: Furnished technical as well as human resource support to the Secretariat

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Contacts

UNDP focal point:
Ms. Kalpana Sarkar
Programme Analyst
United Nations Development Programme
UN House, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
GPO Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: kalpana.sarkar@undp.org
Tel: +977 15523200 ext. 1195
Fax: +977 15523991, 15523986

 

Project focal point:
Mr. Raj Bahadur Shrestha
Project Manager, a.i.
Parliament Support Project, UNDP
Tara House, Sanepa,
Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5528018 Ext. 208
Fax: 977-1- 5013055
Email: raj.shrestha@undp.org

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