• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/18/2013

Parliamentary Study Centre improves quality and timing of legislation  

WFD established and launched in 2011 the Parliamentary Study Centre (Centro de Estudos e Formação Parlamentar) to increase and improve the quality of support services in the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique. The centre is now able to support the legislative sector of 4000 people comprising of the National Parliament, 10 local provincial assemblies as well as 43 local municipalities.
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Context and Theory of Change

Key element of context

  • Due to a lack of resources to train and provide capacity building, Parliament had weak internal expertise and MPs were thus unable to initiate and develop legislation;
  • The dominant majority government constrained parliament's ability to provide effective oversight. This consequently meant that 99% of laws originated within the government and virtually none were initiated or scrutinised by the opposition;
  • MPs and staff lacked expertise which resulted in poor quality legislation;
  • Parliament was considered inaccessible and distant by both the media and CSOs;
  • 9 new legislatures were established even though the existing parliament was under resourced;
  • Parliament had limited financial resources to support capacity building;
  • Relationship between members and staff was poor, with staff opinions and expertise being largely ignored.