From its launch in 2010, the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development has played a leading role in the parliamentary development community as a knowledge and learning hub for parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, development partners and academia. AGORA’s objectives are to:
1. Centralize and share knowledge:
The online platform for parliamentary development has currently a resource library of 3000+ documents grouped by different topics; 50 areas of expertise across thematic areas; 10 e-learning courses; and 100+ multimedia materials on parliamentary development.
2. Connect the global community of practice:
With the creation of AGORA, it was decided that AGORA would also serve as a platform to build a stronger community of practice. Bringing parliamentary development partners together with the aim of facilitating discussion and coordination within the sector continues to be an important goal of AGORA and the platform is to act as a neutral host of annual global meetings of the parliamentary development community of practice, starting from March 2021.
3. Promote interactive learning
AGORA produces and hosts several e-courses aimed at strengthening the capacity of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. Besides the e-courses, the platform has produced training toolkits (guides, action points, knowledge resources) to facilitate in-person training (gender, climate, budgets, engagement with civil society). Taking into consideration the increased added-value to e-trainings when combined with offline activities, AGORA is increasingly promoting a blended learning approach with regards to the knowledge products on the platform.