Transforming parliaments for a better future

Transforming parliaments for a better future

Abstract

This session focuses on the need for parliaments to transform in order to respond to the megatrends that are shaping our world, and address associated present and future challenges. What form will such a transformation take and how can we start it today?

 

Rationale

If we want parliaments, as institutions, to be more effective, improving their capabilities in the core areas of representation, law making and government oversight should be a priority. This session will discuss how parliaments should transform to meet the challenges of the future, given the megatrends the world is experiencing.  It will feature case studies in transformation and lessons learned along different dimensions of parliamentary renewal, including: changes in the organization and profile of membership (specifically increasing representation by gender and ethnicity), the use of technology to increase citizen participation, partnerships with the private sector to expand knowledge and more effective legislation and government oversight on processes and systems. This session will focus on the “how” parliaments can transform so that they can meet the challenges of tomorrow. The session will feature case studies in transformation and lessons learned, along different dimensions of transformation including: changes in the organization, the use of technology in increasing citizen participation, partnerships with the private sector, and more effective legislation and government oversight processes and systems.