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Supporting the establishment of a Latin American parliamentary knowledge network

Background:

As highlighted in the World e-Parliament Report 2008, issued by the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Global Centre for information and communication technology in Parliament, the success of long-established networks such as the National Conference of State Legislatures in the United States and the European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation in Europe, underscores the value of these associations for parliamentary development and institutional strengthening and suggests the opportunity to extend the benefits of this type of cooperation to other regions. It also makes clear that, through these networks, parliamentary exchanges on research and legislative documentation of international scope can be more effective and can concretely help to advance the internationally agreed goals.

No formal and structured cooperative mechanism of this kind exists today among the parliamentary assemblies of Latin American countries. This project is therefore designed to support parliamentary administrations in Latin America to establish a Latin America Parliamentary Knowledge Network which will facilitate their structured and coherent cooperation in the areas of management of legislative documentation, parliamentary research, and knowledge and information exchanges.

The project builds on the lessons learned from the recent establishment of the Africa Parliamentary Knowledge Network, agreed upon by 36 parliamentary assemblies of Africa. The process was supported by the DESAand ECA through a project financed by the Development Account.

The project also draws on the experience of the programme Red de Funcionarios de Tecnología de la Información en los Parlamentos de las Américas, jointly developed by the Global Centre for information and communications technology in Parliament and the Inter-American Development Bank, which established a limited network of parliamentary information technology experts in the region.

Objective:

To support the establishment of a Latin America Parliamentary Knowledge Network to strengthen documentation and knowledge-sharing among parliamentary administrations.

Expected accomplishments:

  • Increased awareness, collaboration and sharing of best practices in the areas of legislative management, parliamentary research and documentation, and knowledge and information management, based on a Charter agreed upon by Latin American parliamentary assemblies
  • Increased skills of staff of parliamentary administrations in the areas of legislative management, parliamentary research and documentation, and knowledge and information management
  • Adoption of common guidelines on parliamentary activities and documents

Implementation status:

Completed