Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy In Timor-Leste Project Fact Sheet

Published on 01 Nov 2012 2 pages

Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy In Timor-Leste Project Fact Sheet

Ten  years  after  its  establishment  in  2002, the    National    Parliament    of    Timor-Leste    is approaching  a  new  phase  of  development, moving from a period of stabilizing operations to a period of systematic capacity development and    consolidation    of    its    role    within    the democratic governance systems.   While basic institutional  foundations  are  largely  in  place enabling  Parliament  to  exercise  its  legislative and oversight functions in accordance with its Constitutional   mandate,   significant   capacity challenges  remain.  The  first  two  cycles  of  the UNDP Parliament Project (2003-2005 and 2006-2009)   played   an   essential   role   in   assisting Parliament   to   establish   and   operationalize core institutional processes. However, as clearly identified in the Parliament’s 2010- 2014 draft Strategic Plan, continued external support remains critical in the short term to sustain ongoing operations and ensure effective transfer of skills. 

The  objective  of  the  new  cycle  (2010-2013) is  three-fold:  (1)  to  support  the  consolidation of    parliamentary    processes    by    continuing to  provide  technical  expertise  and  advisory assistance; (2) to expand existing capacity building initiatives into a comprehensive capacity   development   strategy; and  (3)   on   the basis  of  this  capacity-development  strategy and in close coordination with NP, to articulate and lay the groundwork for a capacity transfer and eventual exit strategy.

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