Speaker, Presenter, or Instructor
Issifu Lampo
Senior Governance Advisor
African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
Agnes Titriku
Programs Manager
African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
Description
This will be a facilitated discussion among staff of the Parliaments of Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Following past interventions by ACEPA and other partners to enhance the capacity of these parliaments to use evidence in policymaking, this activity is aimed at bringing together staff from these parliaments to share experiences on how they haveā€¦
Event Proceedings
Main Issues Discussed:Participants discussed evidence generation and use in the Parliament of Ghana, looking at actors, processes and structures. Fostering strong inter-departmental collaboration among various evidence-producing units within the parliament and making these units visible is one strategy that has been useful in boosting demand for evidence and its usage. It was also highlighted that, for external actors who support Parliament with evidence, it is important to ensure their neutrality and the credibility of the evidence they generate. Evidence communication, time and politics of evidence use are some of the persisting obstacles to evidence generation and use. Donor efforts around promoting evidence use in the Parliament appears uncoordinated.
Conclusions:There has been a marked improvement in the demand for evidence and evidence use in the Parliament of Ghana, however, there is the need for more work around evidence communication and awareness creation among users (MPs).
Follow-up Actions:1. Identify political and technical champions to be part of everyday actions around evidence use.
2. Adoption and use of multiple knowledge sharing and learning platforms
3. Explore avenues for documenting learning from projects onto larger global platforms like the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), which are outside of parliaments
4. Map out expertise of external partners and explore better ways of coordinating interventions
Participant Testimonials
Name
Ibrahim Maida Inusah
Title
Mr
Organization
GINKS
Testimonial
GINKS being one of the VakaYiko consortium partners that implemented evidence use in parliament of Ghana, I must say, it is refreshing to know that the various departments are collaborating in the use of evidence to support the work of parliament. I also like the idea of exposing the work of parliament through the research week to MPs and the general public.
The discussion has been very useful and more of such discussions will go a long way to further enhance the work of parliament.
Total Participants: 8
    Participant Affiliation (Estimate or Actual)
  • Academic Institution
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Private Sector Firm
  • Government
  • Evaluation Practitioners
  • Student
  • Other
Organized by African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
About African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
The African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing capacity building and other forms of support to elected representative institutions at all levels of governance and Civil Society Organizations.
Speaker, Presenter, or Instructor
Name
Issifu Lampo
Organization
African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
Title
Senior Governance Advisor
Short Biography
Mr. Issifu Lampo is a Governance, Accountability and Evaluation Specialist with over 20 years of active engagement in capacity building and civil society advocacy, both internationally and in Ghana. He has served as a lead specialist and trainer for MPs and parliamentary staff across Africa.
Name
Agnes Titriku
Organization
African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
Title
Programs Manager
Short Biography
Agnes Titriku leads the design and implementation of various interventions to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness African Parliaments at ACEPA. She has extensive experience in the areas of program management, design and delivery of capacity strengthening programs, and training facilitation.