Do Legislatures Matter? Strengthening Governance in Africa
A Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The North-South Institute, Boardroom
Suite 500, 55 Murray Street
On Wednesday December 12, NSI convened a small group of parliamentarians, policymakers and practitioners to discuss the effectiveness of legislatures and how to improve governance in Africa. The discussion benefited from the insight of, among others, Senator Raynell Andreychuk, co-chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, Anesh Maistry, Acting High Commissioner for South Africa, David Malone, president of IDRC, John Williams, CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption, and Joel Barkan, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The roundtable contributors identified several important entry points for measuring legislative effectiveness, including the how legislative committees function, how legislatures are funded, and the role and characteristics of the Speaker.
NSI will produce a workshop report in early January and a policy brief shortly thereafter. For further information, please contact Senior Researcher Jennifer Salahub email@example.com.
11:00 - Welcome and introductions, Joseph K. Ingram, President, The North-South Institute
11:10 - Remarks by John G. Williams, CEO, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
11:30 - Plenary Discussion
11:30 - Question 1: What do African legislatures do?
Introductory remarks: Dickson Eyoh, University of Toronto (5 min)
Thomas Tieku, University of Toronto (5 min)
12:15 - Buffet Lunch
12:30 - Question 2: Do legislatures in Africa act as a check on executive power?
Introductory remarks: Joel Barkan, University of Iowa/Center for Strategic and
International Studies (5 min)
Petra Andersson, The Parliamentary Centre (5 min)
13:15 - Question 3: What should be the measures of legislative effectiveness?
Introductory remarks: Robert Rotberg, Harvard and Carleton Universities (5 min)
Teddy Samy, Carleton University (5 min)
14:15 - Closing Remarks, Robert Rotberg and Jennifer Salahub, The North-South Institute
14:30 - End