Boost to Parliament as Embassy of Sweden Avails USD 1.8 millionNov 16, 2015
In a boost to the Multi-donor Support Programme for Parliament and the Office of the Auditor General, the Embassy of Sweden has provided Swedish Kroner 15 million (about US $ 1, 8 million.). Implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Parliament of Zimbabwe, the project is also funded with USD $ 2 million from the European Union, and USD 1 million from UNDP.
The initiative aims to build the capacity of Parliament to execute its representative, oversight and legislative roles in compliance with constitutional obligations and international normative standards.
In a ceremony held at Parliament on 16 November, to mark this development, Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe H.E Mr. Lars Ronnås said:
“We’re very pleased to engage in – and to support the very core of Zimbabwe’s political system - the parliament. The support is multifaceted, but I would like to emphasize the gender aspect of the programme. Strengthening women’s participation and engagement in all parliamentary processes is a main priority for Sweden”.
Referring to a pledge made by the Swedish Embassy in March 2015, Speaker of Parliament Hon Jacob Mudenda explained that “People with good intentions make promises but people with good character keep them”.
“The commitment you have amply demonstrated by keeping to your pledge through the contribution of 15 million Swedish Kroner to the Parliamentary Support Programme underlines the Swedish Government’s commitment to enhancing the effectiveness of Parliament of Zimbabwe in the national governance matrix” said the Speaker.
Describing the launch of the project as timely, UNDP Resident Representative Mr Bishow Parajuli, noted that enhancing Parliament’s capacities to perform its core functions, as well as promote public participation, accountability and gender equality is of paramount importance for consolidating good governance and democracy in the country. “This programme has a strong capacity building component that will ensure decisions of Parliament are anchored on evidence, sound knowledge and best international practices” said Mr Parajuli who is also UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe.
The partnership between the EU, SIDA and UNDP as well as other development partners is in line with UNDP’s new Strategic Plan that seeks to build pragmatically on the steps that have been taken in the areas of development cooperation, including through such partnership agreements. This mechanism provides access to the networks and capabilities of UNDP and the UN Development System to advance on shared goals, tapping, among other things, the possibilities of South-South and triangular cooperation.