Parliamentary Oversight and Legislative Scrutiny
There is a strong demand for progressive reforms in the Maldives. The People’s Majlis has a significant role to play in this regard, to rebuild trust and create a conducive environment for meaningful public engagement and more robust decision-making. To this end, the Max Planck Foundation has developed an advanced course on ‘Parliamentary Oversight and Legislative Scrutiny’ in partnership with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy through funding received from the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The aim of the eight-week online course is to build the capacity of People’s Majlis officials, civil society organisations and the media with practical knowledge and tools of parliamentary oversight mechanisms. In particular, the course seeks to support the strengthening of relationships amongst key Maldivian stakeholders and the parliament, to implement successful strategies of engagement and to increase inclusivity in parliamentary processes.
Drawing on the experiences and practices of other parliaments and in collaboration with regional and international experts, the Foundation will deliver a series of training sessions including a range of interactive content, providing in-depth knowledge of parliamentary processes and identifying opportunities for participants to enhance their respective roles in the processes in the Maldives. The underlying objective of the course is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the People’s Majlis to promote responsive, open and more inclusive decision-making in order to meet public expectations when making laws, investigating public policy issues and holding government to account.
January 2023 – July 2023