IT is adequately clear that parliament has an important role to play in delivering governance which is effective both in terms of reducing poverty and in terms of building democracy.
A strong parliament is a cornerstone of democracy.
It represents the voice of the people, pass laws, allocate funds to implement laws and policies and hold governments to account.
It works to make sure that policies benefit all people, especially the most vulnerable.
Parliament debates on the big issues of the day.
Parliament also link international and national agendas, ensuring that governments implement international treaties and agreements that they sign up to.
In developing countries, parliaments fail to discharge their duties effectively because of a number of insurmountable obstacles such as lack of adequate funding.
Women in developing countries should be encouraged to become members of parliament and stimulate health and constructive debates in the parliaments.
Only 25 per cent of the world’s members of parliament are women. The stumbling blocks that stand in the way for women to stand as members of parliament should be eradicated so that more women will be attracted to stand as members of the parliaments.