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The Parliamentary Strengthening Program of the World Bank (WB) seeks to enhance the capacity of parliaments to effectively perform their functions (oversight, representation and lawmaking) in order to better contribute to open and collaborative development.

The WB employs three approaches to parliamentary capacity building: (a) individual approach (enhancing the capacity of individual MPs and professional parliamentary staff); (b) Institutional approach (whole-of-institution/Parliamentary Administration/Committee Strengthening); and (c) network approach (bringing together like-minded MPs/Parliamentary Committees at the regional and global level using parliamentary networks).

The Parliamentary Strengthening Program also seeks to identify innovative approaches to reform (supplemented by applied research); Foster and strengthen parliamentary networks/ communities of practice to act as platforms for south-south learning; and deliver targeted training to MPs and staff, including facilitating demand-driven action planning processes in order to bolster the effectiveness of specific oversight committees.



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