New Capacity Building Programme for Parliament and Office of the Auditor General Launched

May 8, 2015

The Parliament of Zimbabwe with the support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU), launched a four year multi-donor support programmme.

The programme, worth USD 4.8 million, seeks to enhance the capacity of the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the Office of the Auditor General to perform its core functions for improved legislative, representative and oversight processes that promote public participation, accountability and gender equality.

Noting the role of Parliament of Zimbabwe as key institution in the consolidation of democracy and sustainable development, Advocate J.F Mudenda, Speaker of the National Assembly said, “Thanks to UNDP and the EU, this programme will contribute significantly to the capacitation of Parliament and the Auditor General and enhance the discharge of their core mandates”.

At the launch the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Bishow Parajuli said, “The Zimbabwe Constitution has placed a great emphasis on the role of Parliament. In this regard, as partners, we are showing our solidarity with the Parliament in its effort to ensuring that the over 400 pieces of legislation are aligned to the provisions of the constitution.”

Drawing lessons from the previous engagement, this new multi-donor programme will strengthen the capacity of Parliament to: enact new laws and align old laws with the Constitution; provide oversight functions in ensuring public service delivery; ensure people’s participation in legislation formulation and decision making; undertake gender mainstreaming in parliamentary systems and processes. The programme will also support the capacity of the Auditor General’s Office to enhance its oversight function by providing key information on accounting for and management of public resources.

The constitution recognizes the need to entrench democracy, transparent and accountable governance as well as the rule of law. It reaffirms national commitment to upholding and defending fundamental human rights and freedoms, equality, peace, justice and tolerance.

In his remarks the Ambassador of the European Union to Zimbabwe, H.E Philipe Van Damme said, “Our support to Parliament emanates from our deep belief in promoting constitutionalism that include the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms; gender equality-including legislative measures needed to ensure gender parity at all levels.” The European Union is funding over USD 2 million of the multi-donor programme.

The multi-donor programme in its implementation modality emphasizes the promotion of good governance, justice, transparency and accountability through adopting and implementing policies and legislations that develop efficiency, competence and financial probity in all institutions of government.

UNDP in collaboration with development partners supports national efforts in advancing inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, promoting democratic governance and building resilience in the framework of the Zim Asset and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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