Information is critical to holding governments to account. None of a parliament’s key functions of representation, oversight and scrutiny can happen meaningfully without quality information.
Despite this, the systems that shape how parliaments gather, appraise and use evidence, and the parliamentary staff who are at the forefront of these activities are too often overlooked in parliamentary strengthening programmes.
Parliamentary information support: new papers from ACEPA and INASP
Our new series of papers with our partners at the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) focus on the internal information support structures that gather and deliver evidence to decision makers in African parliaments.
- Parliament of Uganda’s Research Week was a successful way to increase demand for evidence from Members of Parliament (MPs) and strengthen Parliament’s relationships with the national research system. It’s already been replicated in Ghana.
- Parliament of Ghana’s Inter Departmental Research and Information Group brings together five information support departments and promises to offer new ways of thinking about interdepartmental collaboration for evidence use.
- Parliament of Kenya’s Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making Caucus is paving the way for new ways of brokering staff-MP collaboration around evidence use and harnessing the power of MPs as ‘champions’.
Four emerging questions