World Bank-McGill International Professional Development Program for Parliamentary Staff

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Parliaments are a critical component of a country's governance system. They represent the electorate, enact legislation, and oversee the executive arm of the government.

To effectively perform these roles, parliaments require proactive and responsive personnel. Building the capacity of staff assures the needs and demands of all legislative members are met, which in turn helps sustain parliamentary institutions for the challenges of tomorrow.

At a time when the public's expectation for improved democracy is on the rise and executive power continues the weaken the structure of parliamentary governance in many countries, it is more important than ever to build strong parliamentary workforces.

Founded by the World Bank and McGill University in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and other international partners, this intensive professional development program includes a one-week residency seminar at McGill University followed by expert-moderated online courses and one-on-one professional mentoring.

Residency Seminar: May 16 - 20, 2016          
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.      
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Canada

Online courses: September 2016 - June 2017

You have the flexibility of the following options:
1. Start the Program by attending the Residency Seminar in Montreal first, and then completing the online courses
2. If you are unable to attend the upcoming Residency Seminar in Montreal, you can start with the online courses, then attend the Residency Seminar the following year.