1. Governance and establishment of the Secretariat
The Interim Steering Committee was established in the first face to face meeting held at the Parliament of Nepal. The Interim Steering Committee will;
- Finalize the governance structure and confirm the Steering Committee
- Establish Secretariat of the Global Parliamentarians Forum
- Engage necessary stakeholders
- Prepare and finalize the strategic plan
- Work on fund raising for next 2-3 years period
The current Interim Steering Committee will comprise of following members:
- Kabir Hashim, Sri Lanka (Leader)
- Ananda Pokharel, Nepal
- (Dr) Susan Musyoka, Kenya
- Natalia Nikitenko, Kyrgyzstan
- Samuel Hoyos, Colombia
- Olfa Soukri Cherif, Tunisia
- Pol Ham, Cambodia
- Asela Kalugampitiya, (Secretariat)
- Ada Ocampo, (Secretariat)
Parliamentarian representatives from Europe, Australia, North America, East Asia and Francophone countries to the Steering Committee are vacant at the moment and will be filled gradually. The parliament of Sri Lanka has agreed to accommodate the secretariat in the house and UNICEF has agreed to support the secretariat. In 2015 the Interim Steering Committee will meet at least every three months to ensure establishment of the Global Parliamentarians Forum. UN Women Independent Evaluation Office, UNICEF Evaluation Office, Government of Finland and some other international partners will also be invited to be observers of Steering Committee meetings.
The Global Parliamentarians Forum will also be supported by an International Stakeholders Advisory Committee. This will comprise of representatives from (one each up to total members of 10) Inter-Parliamentarians Union (IPU), Common Wealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), UN Women Evaluation Office, UNICEF Evaluation Office, United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), EvalPartners, IOCE, CLEAR Initiative, African Development Bank and 1 other decided by the Steering Committee.
A group of volunteers from Latin America is in charge of the website for the Global Parliamentarians Forum which will be launched by January 2016.
2. Knowledge Generation on National Evaluation Policies and Systems
The Mapping Report published by the South Asian Parliamentarians Forum in December 2013 and updated in 2015, raised important issues concerning National Evaluation Policies (NEP). Based on the mapping report there are 20 countries which have established NEP and systems around the world. Selected examples of 10 countries have been documented under the Innovation Challenge Initiative supported by EvalPartners. They are available online in the “Publications” sections of the Parlamentarians Forum of South Asia. EvalPartners also published “National Evaluation Policies for Equitable and Sustainable Development – How to Integrate Gender Equality and Social Equity in National Evaluation Policies and Systems” which includes concrete examples from countries. Following knowledge products will be developed in next two years.
- Develop and publish a handbook on National Evaluation Policies which includes currently established NEPs and constitutional provisions (This will be a short, easy to read version based on EvalPartners NEP handbook).
- Develop and publish a brief hand book on “Importance of engaging parliamentarians in evaluation” which will be translated in to French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.
- Develop simple (and easy to read) technical materials on equity-focused and gender responsive evaluation.
- Facilitate webinars on NEPS, SDGs and country actions
- Create and facilitate social media campaign
- Develop a brochure on the Forum in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic
3. Strengthening Regional Forums and Consultations on NEPS
- Regional parliamentarians forums will be strengthened
- Parliamentarians will be encouraged to establish national parliamentarians forums
- Support regional forums to conduct “regional consultations on NEP” in selected regions.
The first regional consultation on NEPs was held in South Asia in September 2014 which was attended by parliamentarians, government evaluation champions, representatives of national and regional evaluation associations, donors. Consultations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, MENA, Latin America and CIS regions can be conducted in coming years.
4. Joint Implementation and Collaboration with EvalGender+/ EvalSDGs
Evalgender+ which is a new network launched by EvalPartners received funding from the Government of Switzerland. It has certain components to implement for parliamentarians/ in collaboration with the Global Parliamentarians Forum. It is also needed for the Forum to work closely with EvalSDGs.
- Participation of 5 parliamentarians at the High Level Event on Enhancing the enabling environment for the evaluation of SDGs with a social equity and gender responsive lens to be held in March 2016
- Technical assistance to six countries by conducting workshops. The countries will be selected using criteria where there is strong parliamentarians group, strong government support for evaluation, strong VOPE and interest for evaluation culture in the country.
- Support to Parliamentarians Forum including travel for 15 MPs.
5. Major Events, Evaluation Conferences and International fora
- All major evaluation conference organizers will be requested to include parliamentarians’ session facilitated by parliamentarians.
- All member parliamentarians will be encouraged to make presentations at evaluation conferences.
- Jointly organize the 2017 Evaluation Week in a national parliament (referring to fund availability under 4.3).
6. Coordination and Follow up Support to Country Partners in NEPS
A Coordinator will provide coordination support to the Global Parliamentarians Forum and Regional Parliamentarians Forums. The Coordinator will also provide follow up support to country partners particularly for the country work plans developed in regional consultations. When and where necessary, the Coordinator conducts missions to countries to provide further support.
7. Global Advocacy
- Build strategic partnership with IPU and CPA
- Lobbying importance of national evaluation capacity building at the UN General Assembly
The more detailed strategic plan will be developed in Steering Committee meetings.
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