Parliament assistance is still a relatively new but growing work area for the SDC. DDLGN will contribute to further expanding its knowledge and experience. The main ideas are laid down in a position paper (link to parliament paper is coming soon) on the subject.
Parliaments are a central actor in the accountability architecture of a state, being situated between government and citizens. When working with parliaments, the SDC aims to help improving their performance in assuming and owning their core functions: law making, representation and oversight. At the same time, assistance tries to strengthen the institutions of parliament (secretariat, presidency, or parliamentary services). Seen from the citizens' perspective, SDC aims at rendering the work of parliaments more effective, but also at opening them up towards the citizens, by either listening to them or by offering ways for them to participate meaningfully in parliament work.
Support to parliaments is often directed at: improving the knowledge base of parliamentarians on key aspects of the domestic development agenda (training, coaching, documentation), assisting them in policy analysis, in drafting legislation and launching investigations, enhancing outreach and communication with their constituency, and facilitating constructive dialogue and collaboration between different political parties.
In the future, SDC will further explore links to electoral system reform and to working with political parties. It will also try and identify innovative ways of supporting parliaments and look into the trans-national and international dimensions of parliamentary work. You can find resource documents here below.
This report summarises and analyses donor responses to the closure of civic space around the world. It is part of a wider effort within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to enable joint learning to support SDC offices in dealing with the growing challenges they encounter in restrained or shrinking spaces for civil society.
The case study focuses on the outcomes and impacts of social audit practices in the framework of the Improved Livelihood of Rural Communities (ILRC) project implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Afghanistan.
This section analyses twelve case studies on civil society participation and accountability in local governance processes. It looks at power issues and the analysis of power, the role of civil society and participation of civil society in local governance, accountability mechanisms and experiences, alignment with national policies and systems, and specific issues in fragile contexts.
As part of the learning project, eight case studies and four mirror case studies1 were developed to assess approaches and extract key learnings based on the experience of SDC and selected other local governance programmes in a variety of contexts, including fragile ones.
The objective of this brief is to provide policymakers with strategic recommendations to support project/programme teams in strengthening SDC’s programming in civil society participation and accountability based on key learnings from the case studies.
La présente brochure se propose d’aider les responsables d’établissement, les enseignants et les autres spécialistes à relever tous ces défis.
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur identifies the problem of targeted surveillance seen from the obligations that human rights law imposes on States and companies. He then proposes a legal and policy framework for regulation, accountability and transparency within the private surveillance industry. He concludes with a call for tighter regulation of surveillance exports and restrictions on their use, as well as a call for an immediate moratorium on the global sale and transfer of the tools of the private surveillance industry until rigorous human rights safeguards are put in place to regulate such practices and guarantee that Governments and non-State actors use the tools in legitimate ways.
Key Findings: A) Freedom of the media has been deteriorating around the world over the past decade. B) In some of the most influential democracies in the world, populist leaders have overseen concerted attempts to throttle the independence of the media sector. C) While the threats to global media freedom are real and concerning in their own right, their impact on the state of democracy is what makes them truly dangerous. D) Experience has shown, however, that press freedom can rebound from even lengthy stints of repression when given the opportunity. The basic desire for democratic liberties, including access to honest and fact-based journalism, can never be extinguished.
The report reviews and analyses different models of Theorie of Change underlying Media and Governance programmes by SDC, Fondation Hirondelle and other international media support organisations.
The report also provides an overview of academic empirical research on media effects in the field of governance in order to identify differences between Theories of Change used and the research evidence. Ultimately these analyses aim at a clearer understanding on how media support projects work and how they aim to achieve their objectives on various levels.
The guide focuses on how to utilise more politically-informed and adaptive methods to encourage effective programming for engaging with parliaments and political parties.