Strengthening Legislative Capacity of the Galmudug Parliament

Members of the Galmudug Parliamend. Credit: UN Photo.

Members of the Galmudug Parliamend. Credit: UN Photo.

UNDP Parliamentary Support Project had been supporting Somali National Federal and Puntland parliaments to function as inclusive, transparent and effective law-making bodies which engage in national dialogue on policy priorities, peace-building across a divided political spectrum and state-building as efforts are made to implement the Provisional Constitution.

In 2016, UNDP has extended its partnership to Jubaland and Galmudug Legislative Assemblies with the project support being closely aligned to the priority needs of the parliaments in fulfilling their obligations towards core functions (legislative, representative and oversight).

Galmudug Parliament had been provided with a three-day workshop on legislative drafting aimed at introducing MPs to the fundamentals and techniques of legislative drafting. The workshop took place at Adado Presidential building. The Speaker of the Parliament, second Deputy Speaker and over 50 MPs participated the three-day’s workshop. The workshop focused on addressing the needs of the MP’s especially in considering the significant number of legislative drafting challenges that individual committees and MPs will be able to overcome as a result of participating in this workshop.

Galmudug Parliament expressed its gratitude to UNDP for this and qualified expert who delivered the workshop. This resulted in a better understanding of MP’s of the legislative drafting. They learnt how to perform Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) to enhance the quality of laws and consider the social, economic, political and environmental impacts of a draft-laws. With this training, they now know what makes a well-drafted legislation.”

With support of the EU, UK, Norway, and Sweden, UNDP Parliamentary Support Project works towards the enhancement and strengthening of the technical and functional capacity of the Parliaments and Parliamentarians in Somalia so that they can be transparent, accountable and moreover make laws that serve the best interests of the people and communities they represent.

Human Rights Workshop in Puntland

A photo from the workshop in Puntland. Credit: UN Photo.

A photo from the workshop in Puntland. Credit: UN Photo.

In mid-October, UNDP’s Parliamentary Support Project conducted a Human Rights training workshop for 36 participants (including 8 women) from Puntland’s Parliamentary members, secretary staff, officials from Ministry of Constitution Democratisation and Federal Affairs and representatives from Puntland Human Rights Committee.

The training was facilitated by UNSOM, and officially opened by speaker of the House of Representatives and Franco Sanchez, UNDP’s Programme Manager for Governance and Rule of Law.
The participatory training introduced the perspective of Islam in Human Rights protection and expanded on the role of the Parliament in promoting and protecting human rights in Puntland.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, the chairperson of Puntland’s Human Rights Committee expressed satisfaction with the training, noting that participants were very interested in the issues, and requested for more capacity building activities.

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With support from the EU, the UK, Norway, and Sweden, UNDP's and UNSOM's integrated Parliamentary Support Project (PSP) provides support to the NFP, and the Parliaments of Puntland and Somaliland in order to capacitate them to operate as inclusive, transparent and effec-tive law-making, oversight and representative bodies.