192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Some of the most far-reaching and innovative parliamentary reform is occurring in Africa. While these reforms are not yet widespread across the continent, parliaments in some African countries are asserting their independence as policymakers, as overseers of government and as the guardian of citizens’ rights and needs.

    African Parliamentary Reform presents recent reforms in selected African parliaments – Liberia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Benin and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It also presents cross-cutting innovations by African parliaments – in fighting corruption, in providing development to constituents and in combatting climate change. Many of the chapters are authored by African MPs.

    The book will be of interest to students and scholars of African Politics, and to those international institutions that support parliamentary development.

    African Parliamentary Reform is a joint initiative by the World Bank Institute, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Parliamentary Centre (Africa).

    Foreword - Hon. William Shija  1. Introduction - Rick Stapenhurst & RasheedDraman   2. Engaging Civil Society – Ghana’s First PAC Hearing - Hon. Sallas Mensah 3. Enhancing Research & Information – Uganda’s Parliamentary Budget Office - Hon. Beatrice Kiraso  4. Promoting Gender Equality in the Tanzanian Parliament - Hon. Anna Makinda  5. Peace-building and National Reconciliation – the Role of the Rwandan Parliament - Sen. Joseph Kamerera  6. Reaching Out to Citizens – Enhancing the Opportunity for Private Members Bills & Constituency Offices in Zambia - Hon. Lubinda  7. Promoting Parliamentary Reforms in Kenya – We Have Come a Long Way - Hon. Peter Oloo Aringo  8. Benin; Citizen Participation in the Budget Debate via the Budget Committee (A Note) - Parliamentary Centre Staff  9. Strengthening Financial Accountability & Parliamentary Oversight in Ethiopia - Hon. Mesfin Mengistu  10. Rebuilding Parliament in a Conflict Affected Country – Interview with Senator Franklin Siakor (Liberia) - Sen. Franklin Siakor  11. Changing Standing Orders in Tanzania - Hon. Willibrod Slaa  12. The Parliamentary PACs in Nigerian States: Structure, Working Practices and Networking - Ben Ekeyi  13. Role Model for the World: The Formation of the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption - Hon. Lubinda  14. Providing Services to the Community- Constituency Development Funds - Rasheed Draman and Mark Baskin  15. Climate Change –Establishing a Continental Parliamentary Task Force - Hon. David Ebong  16. Strengthening Public Accounts Committees Through Regional Networks Across Africa - Hon. John Cheyo  17. The Role of Parliamentarians in the Governance of Petroleum Resources - AbdulKarim Mohammed  18. Conclusions - Andrew Imlach  Afterword - Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili


    Rick Stapenhurst, The World Bank. Rasheed Draman, The Parliamentary Centre. Andrew Imlach, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Cindy Kroon, The World Bank.