Q: What is AGORA?

A: AGORA (www.agora-parl.org) is the leading global knowledge platform on parliamentary development.  It has been designed as a flexible tool and a meeting space used by Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and the community of practice in order to facilitate information exchange.

AGORA offers resources and news updates on parliamentary development in English, French and Arabic.  It also has a unique interactive platform where visitors can connect, interact with other members and share information.  In addition, AGORA offers e-learning courses as well as tailored trainings for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, coordinated by the AGORA team.

For more information on AGORA's work and activities, please contact us at info@agora-parl.org. 


Q: Where is AGORA located?

A: AGORA is located at the UNDP offices in Brussels, Belgium.


Q: Who does AGORA work with?

A: AGORA works in partnership with a multitude of international organizations, parliamentary development experts and professionals, but also MPs, parliamentary staff, NGOs and civil society organizations active in the field of parliamentary development. For more information about our partners, visit our Partnership section.


Q: What are the key topics that AGORA seeks to support?

A: The main focus of AGORA is on Parliamentary Strengthening and Development, Standards for Democratic Parliaments, Parliaments and Anti-corruption, Parliamentary Institution, Parliament and Development Policies, Transparency and Parliaments, and Parliaments and Elections. For further information on any of the above topics, please visit our dedicated Areas of Expertise pages.


Q: How can I access AGORA publications?

A: You can access most of the AGORA publications by visiting the resource section which contains a library and Areas of Expertise. The library includes flagship and most recent publications and links to externally hosted publications. You are able to search for a specific publication using keywords or document title or generally browse publications according to subject matter and area of interest.

The Area of Expertise pages, as outlined above, offer concise overviews as well as additional resources and materials on dedicated parliamentary development topics. You can navigate from the library to these pages by clicking on the relevant 'tags' in the rightside margin.


Q: When and how did AGORA come into being?

A: Following a round of consultations in 2007 and 2008, AGORA was created to take up the crucial task of facilitating cooperation, increasing accessibility to knowledge and providing a platform for exchanging practices and experiences in parliamentary development. AGORA was launched in March 2010.


Q: How do I learn more about AGORA and its Partners?

A: For more specific information about AGORA, explore our website: www.agora-parl.org. For further information about our partners explore our About page or get in touch at info@agora-parl.org.


Q: What role do AGORA's members play in AGORA's activities?

A: All AGORA members are able to actively engage with every activity posted to the site. As a member you are able to post articles, submit comments and follow up to date information dissemination on parliamentary development procedure and progress.


Q: What is the Virtual Exchange of Knowledge?

A: The portal offers a unique and up-to-date collection of knowledge and practical information on parliamentary development. This is done through an extensive and growing library, which collects references from all relevant organizations and institutions in the field. The AGORA interact space has developed itself as a virtual meeting place for practitioners and professionals in the field, where members can exchange news, documents, media, and ideas at the click of a button.