Africa i-Parliaments is an Africa-wide initiative implemented by the UN/DESA to empower African Parliaments to better fulfill their democratic functions by supporting their efforts to become open, participatory, knowledge-based and learning organisations. It builds on the experiences, lessons learned, and tools and applications developed during the implementation of the initiative “Strengthening Parliaments’ Information Systems in Africa” and more specifically: AKOMA NTOSO (Architecture for Knowledge-Oriented Management of African Normative Texts using Open Standards and Ontologies) and the Bungeni – Parliamentary and Legislative Information System.
The APKN will build on existing regional initiatives (e.g.Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie: Région Afrique; Réseau Africain des Personnels des Parlements; the ICTs Network of the SADC region) and favour the establishment of other regional networks while providing a wider framework for the creation of greater synergies and and more sustainable common services thanks to a bigger critical mass and better economies of scale. The Knowledge Network is meant to promote and enhance the sharing of ideas, experiences and good practices among parliamentary administrations in the areas of: Legislative Process; Information and Research; Information and Communication Technology (ICT); Communication and Public Information
Africa News Portal is an automated news aggregator developed for APKN by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.
The Information Society in Africa website will provide a platform for Member of Parliaments of African Parliaments to dialogue on legislative issues and priorities that the legislatures have to deal with in the context of the development of an equitable Information Society. More specifically the portal aims to: create a common awareness and understanding among African parliaments regarding the strategic issues that deployment of ICT and the development of the Information Society poses to Africa; highlight the role that Parliaments are called upon to play as representatives of the economic, social and linguistic diversities of their citizens; promote regional and continental harmonisation of ICT legislative frameworks given the unique “borderless” nature of ICT and the unprecedented opportunities for synergies on a regional and continental level; encourage on a common agenda for the Pan-African parliamentary initiative meant to provide parliamentarians with analyses, tools and guidelines for the formulation of information society legislative frameworks. ISA is a subdomain of APKN.
Exchanging information among African parliaments has become even more important with the creation of the Pan African Parliament (PAP). APEX is a tool meant to facilitate the flow of information among national parliaments and to expand the information base available to national parliaments with regard to cross-national initiatives, specific PAP and AU issues. This is a very preliminary prototype where we have only available a Parliamentary Directory that contains contacts information of all the African parliaments. The current basic information could be enriched with information about the political and administrative leadership of each institution. We are the about to add the possibility to allow each parliament to add information on: Parliamentary Directory; Bills on floor and their progresses; Resolutions presented and debated and the outcome of them; Committees activities; Inter-parliamentary initiatives. Parliaments that will decide to be part of APEX will be responsible for the uploading and update of their information and news from their parliaments. Each institution is free to share documents and information to the extend that better suit them. Each parliament is encouraged to inform the other parliaments of its activities and more specifically the ones concerning cross-national initiatives and the resolutions/activities of the Pan African Parliament. APEX is a subdomain of APKN.
This portal contains resources to assist parliamentarians and other interested parties to build their capacity in the areas of : XML; Web Technologies; Legislative Drafting. LRP is a subdomain of APKN.
The Legislative Drafting Guidelines for Africa, by defining the common structural elements of legislation according to principles of good legislative drafting and legislative informatics, aim at providing African Parliaments with a shared approach to better legislation. Their adoption by all African Parliaments can contribute to the quality of African legislation, the harmonisation of African laws, and the development of advanced legal information services in Africa. LDG is a subdomain of APKN.
Created and administered by TrustAfrica, the ARO Wiki builds on a survey of more than 150 African regional organizations (AROs), civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutes, and think tanks throughout the continent. Includes profiles of organisations in the fields of Governance, Peace and Security, Human Rights, Environment, Population and Health, and Cross-Cutting Issues.
Mzalendo was started by two young like-minded Kenyans who were frustrated by the fact that it is difficult to hold Kenyan Members of Parliament (MPs) accountable for their performance largely because information about their work in Parliament is not easily accessible. In our opinion Parliament should be one of the most open institutions in government, yet beyond the coverage from local newspapers it is virtually impossible to keep track of what Kenyan Parliamentarians are doing. Of course one can peruse copies of the Hansard, but one has to go through an arduous process to get access to Hansard copies from the Government Printer’s Office and most people do not have the time to filter through the dense information that is contained in the Hansard hard copies.
The Global Centre for Information and Communication Technologies in Parliament is a joint initiative of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and a group of national and regional parliaments launched in November 2005 on the occasion of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis. The Global Centre pursues two main objectives: to strengthen the role of parliaments in the promotion of the Information Society, through fostering ICT-related legislation, in light of the outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society; to promote the use of ICT as a means to modernize parliamentary processes, increase transparency, accountability and participation, and improve inter-parliamentary cooperation. The Global Centre for ICT in Parliament intends to achieve these objectives by providing a framework for sharing knowledge, coordinating actions, providing technical assistance and pooling information and resources across legislatures around the world, regardless of their country’s economic development level.