EXPLORING IN-HOUSE INITIATIVES FOR CAPACITY BUILDING IN PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS AND PROCESSES Lessons Learnt Arising from the discussions in this article, the following lessons have been noted: • Convenience: The provision of in-house training/capacity building services through the IPS-U approach is convenient due to the ability to arrange programmes that fit a group schedule in time, duration and location. • Customisation: It allows for customisation of capacitybuilding programmes, as modules can be modified to fit exact requirements, or better still a module is developed from scratch to fit parliamentary/ stakeholder requirements. • Cost-saving: In-house training is cost-saving, as there are no costs of accommodation and travel involved and, there is minimal time lost during planning and actual implementation of training programmes.
Conclusion The existence of the IPS-U since 2012, puts Uganda at the forefront of Parliaments in developing countries, clearly asserting Parliament’s ownership over its destiny and over the use of resources provided for parliamentary strengthening. References: • Republic of Uganda. (1995). The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. Kampala, Uganda • Parliament of Uganda. (2017). Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda. Kampala, Uganda • Republic of Uganda, (1997). The Administration of Parliament Act. Kampala, Uganda • Republic of Uganda, (1997). The Local Government Act. Kampala, Uganda.
Services offered by the Institute of Parliamentary Studies Uganda (IPS-U) to: • Members of Parliament: Provision of knowledge and skills in a wide range of issues pertinent to and relating to legislation, oversight and representation. • Parliamentary staff: Conducted based on training needs assessments. • Local Government Councils: Designed in a demand-driven manner with a view to strengthening the linkages between the national Parliament and Local Government Councils. • Other Parliaments: Training based on standard programmes professionally developed in the field of parliamentary processes. • Twinning arrangements between Parliaments: Facilitates benchmarking and sharing of experiences from different contexts. • Short-term Training with Parliamentary stakeholders: Including the media, NGOs, businesses and Government officials. Provides stakeholders with a better understanding of the workings and procedures of Parliament and enhances stakeholder synergies. • Conducting research: To improve on the content and delivery of capacity-building programmes. • Internship opportunities: To build the interest of university students in Parliamentary systems and processes. Source: IPS-U, 2019
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