Presentation and Objectives

Project Objective: The Project Development Objective is to contribute to enhanced legislative oversight and establishing mechanisms for public engagement with Parliament. The program, will achieve these objectives by (i) supporting open parliament in the area of public access to information and strengthening avenues for public engagement; (ii) improving parliamentary budget oversight linked to budget analysis and the newly adopted performance based budgeting approach to increase accountability, and (iii) reinforcing knowledge development and dissemination of the value and impact of ongoing reforms among citizens and civil society (Project Summary). 

12/07/2016

About

Project Objective:

The Project Development Objective is to contribute to enhanced legislative oversight and establishing mechanisms for public engagement with Parliament.

The program, will achieve these objectives by (i) supporting open parliament in the area of public access to information and strengthening avenues for public engagement; (ii) improving parliamentary budget oversight linked to budget analysis and the newly adopted performance based budgeting approach to increase accountability, and (iii) reinforcing knowledge development and dissemination of the value and impact of ongoing reforms among citizens and civil society.

Brief Description of the Project and its Components:

The project includes three main components. The Open Parliament component will support the development of a strong, open and accountable parliament through enhancing citizen participation in public policy making and improving access to information. The Parliamentary Budget Oversight Component will support the institutionalization of a well-designed training program in line with budget reforms underway. The Knowledge Development and Dissemination Component will focus on strategic information and communication support to strengthen awareness of civil society on reform implementation. This component will also reinforce the demand side linked to reforms such as access to information and public petitions.

List the Key Results Indicators Linked to Project Objective:

At the PDO level: (i) percentage of finance committee MPs and staff expressing increased competency in budget oversight; (ii) number of parliamentary public engagement processes formalized

Brief Description of how Results will be Monitored and Evaluated:

Monitoring and evaluation of results will be anchored in the agreed results framework supported by this program and developed in coordination with parliament. Reform specific M&E systems will be developed under this program such as the e-Petitions portal under Component I and the performance budgeting approach website under Component II. The e-Petitions portal supports the public engagement reform and will include a feedback mechanism for participants, and a monitoring system for implementation. The e-Petitions portal will also be in line with the national level platform being developed through Bank support under the parallel TA projects and will thus be anchored in the overarching M&E system. Once operational, this Parliament e-Petitions system will strengthen reform implementation and facilitate alignment with the government’s priorities and information systems. This will also improve the sustainability of results beyond project duration. Evaluation surveys will be integrated throughout the program to gather feedback on impact and results of ongoing activities. External measures on legislative scrutiny provided by the Open Budget Index will supplement the project’s M&E processes.

Brief Description of Coordination with Country-led Mechanism/Donor Implemented Activities:

This program complements the current support to governance reforms provided by the World Bank together with other development partners, such as the Governance development policy operation supported jointly by the World Bank, the European Union and the African Development Bank (DPL I & II). The program will also build on a large pool of analytical underpinnings developed throughout the Bank’s parallel TA activities, including on up-stream technical assistance provided by the Bank, the EU, the AfDB and the MENA multi-donor trust fund, through the Morocco and Tunisia Economic Governance Support Project and the Morocco and Tunisian Parliamentary Strengthening Project funded by the MENA DTF and which was implemented in close coordination with the UNDP, the EU and the Westminster Foundation.