[Open-Legislation] Fwd: PMO Leaders Conference on Parliamentary Transparency, April 30-May 2, Washington, DC
daniel.dietrich at okfn.org
Tue Feb 14 15:09:37 UTC 2012
FYI - is anyone on this list planning to go there?
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> From: "Andrew G. Mandelbaum" <andrew.g.mandelbaum at gmail.com>
> Subject: PMO Leaders Conference on Parliamentary Transparency, April 30-May 2, Washington, DC
> Date: 14. Februar 2012 04:09:28 MEZ
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> PMO Leaders Conference on
> Parliamentary Transparency and Networking
> April 30 - May 2
> Washington, D.C.
> A recently published survey of parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and World Bank Institute (WBI) identifies more than 190 PMOs that are monitoring the performance and functioning of over 82 national parliaments. PMOs show great promise in strengthening democratic governance. However, PMOs share a number of common challenges, including a lack of parliamentary transparency. Increasing opportunities for PMOs to share experiences and good practices can enhance monitoring activities and strengthen the ability of PMOs to work collaboratively to meet common goals.
> To help provide a platform for cooperation among PMOs, the Sunlight Foundation, the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, NDI, WBI, the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, and the National Endowment for Democracy are co-hosting a two-and-a-half-day conference in Washington, D.C., for global PMO leaders. The conference seeks to foster discussion on international strategies for improving access to parliamentary information on the national level, including a transparency "pledge" for parliaments, which would be available for comment on the AGORA web portal in advance of the conference. The conference also would provide an opportunity for PMOs to share good practices for monitoring parliamentary transparency, discuss collaborative ideas for addressing common challenges, and explore engagement in international fora to raise awareness of PMOs and their work.
> For more information, please contact:
> Andrew Mandelbaum of NDI at amandelbaum at ndi.org
> John Wonderlich of the Sunlight Foundation at johnwonderlich at gmail.com
> Melissa Ortiz Massó of the LALT Network at melissa at fundar.org.mx
> Pablo Secchi of the LALT Network at psecchi at directoriolegislativo.org
> Limited scholarships to support travel costs may be available.
> The conference language is English.
> Andrew G. Mandelbaum
> Senior Program Officer, Governance
> National Democratic Institute
> Twitter: agm3dc
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