Parliamentary Development Support Programme

What is the project about

This project was initiated in response to the first ever request of the Government of Turkmenistan to UNDP for policy advice and technical assistance in parliamentary development. Cooperation with UNDP in other democratic governance related areas such as human rights, local self-governance, and electoral support equipped UNDP with necessary knowledge and experience in working with the Parliament, making it strategically positioned for assisting the Parliament in strengthening its legislative, oversight and representative functions.

The Project aims at further improving the institutional capacity of the Parliament of Turkmenistan by enhancing knowledge of the elected members of parliament and selected Mejlis committees. The project will also support the strengthening of the key function of the Parliament by sharing international best practices and experience. The project activities in 2013 will be focusing on the following components:

  1. Strengthening the capacity of MPs and staff of Mejlis in local economic development and laws on local governments;
  2. Conduct SWOT analysis of current governance of local development in velayats and etraps;
  3. Developing a long-term strategy of cooperation between Mejlis and UNDP.

What have we accomplished so far

  • Members of Turkmenistan’s Mejlis have been exposed to the best international practices and deepened their knowledge of international parliamentary processes, following the capacity building activities facilitated by UNDP’s international consultants, as well as study visits to France and Lithuania;
  • Members of the Mejlis benefited from a reference guide Parliamentary Institutions: Basic Concepts that was developed with UNDP support. The publication features basic information on parliamentary models, relations between the executive and legislative powers, parliaments’ law-making, oversight and representative functions, parliamentary rules and procedures, the work of parliamentary committees as well as recent trends and developments in legislative research;
  • Academic staff and students of the Civil Service Academy improved knowledge of the national electoral legislation and international practices, following the project’s efforts to improve the educational process at the Civil Service Academy. This included seminars for the academic staff and students by visiting international experts, such as the seminar “Legislation in the field of electoral systems: international and national practice” and the seminar “International standards, regulations and national models of electoral systems - experience and effective practices.”;
  • In accordance with the strategy proposed by the international consultants the Mejlis is developing its own website. Preparations for development of the electronic document management system are under way, including learning the experiences of other countries in developing and creating the electronic parliament system. In this effort, members of the Mejlis have already been exposed to Armenian experience in the area of electronic document management. Over 60 MPs and staff of Mejlis (40% of women) were trained in electronic document management system an e-governance, which allowed increasing awareness on ICT issues. ICT trainings were also offered to the staff of the Civil Service Academy, the Central Electoral Commission of Turkmenistan and the Institute International Relations under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The trainings covered over 77 officials (of which about 28% women). ICT and computer literacy user guides have been developed and were provided to the trainees;
  • ICT trainings for local authorities were held in all five provinces of Turkmenistan in November-December 2012, helping increase their competency and awareness of ICT issues;
  • Activities on development of the first version of the website for Mejlis of Turkmenistan are coming to an end, being closely collaborated with Mejlis members and staff. Work on developing the content, structure and design of the website, based on domestic resources and demands comes to the final stage;
  • In cooperation with the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan (NIDHR) and the UNDP Human Rights project the Round Table on discussion of the results of Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council was held in Mejlis. Deputies and specialists of Mejlis agreed with the recommendations of Universal Periodic Review to implement them in national legislation in accordance with major international principles on protecting human rights. Mejlis deputies will disseminate information of UPR among the public at large. The Round table covered 50 officials (of which 43% women);
  • Round table for the deputies and specialists of Mejlis on learning of international experience in the field of local economic development was held in Mejlis by international consultant. Participants learned about the experience of EU and CIS countries, as well as the international standards applied in the regional development, government and legislation reform for local authorities and self-government bodies. The Round table covered 50 officials (of which 40% women);
  • Round table for the deputies and specialists of Mejlis on "Using SWOT Analysis in Strategic Planning for Public Administration" was held in Mejlis by international consultant. The Round table covered 56 officials (of which 43% women);
  • The mission of IC to prepare Programme Document with long-term cooperation between Mejlis (Parliament) and UNDP was held. During the mission meeting and consultations with Mejlis and UNDP high officials to prepare the concept of Programme Document was held.  

Who Finances it



Donor Amount contributed, USD
UNDP 398,919
DGTTF 170,359
USAID 41,056
Total budget 610,334

Delivery in previous fiscal year(s)

Year Amount, USD
2010 44,949
2011 142,567
2012 208,021
Overview
Status
Active
Project period
2010-2013
Geographic coverage
Ashgabat
Focus Area
Democratic governance
Partners
Mejlis of Turkmenistan
Focal points
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative

Ms. Cao Lin

E-mail: lin.cao@undp.org

Project Manager

Mr. Hajimurad Pirmuhamedov

E-mail: hajimurad.pirmuhamedov@undp.org

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