Mozambique – U.S. Legislative Program: Member of Parliament Skill Enhancement Workshop
March 5th – 9th 2012
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the third training workshop of the Mozambique–U.S. Legislative Program. The Member of Parliament (MP) Skill Enhancement Workshop was carried out by a NCSL faculty team whose expertise directly matched the selected Workshop topics.
The workshop was designed to address issues faced by the MPs of the Assembly of the Republic (AR) and expose them to techniques used by their U.S. counterparts. For this workshop, NCSL staff created a four-day agenda with activities geared towards addressing pertinent issues as identified by leadership of the three Bancadas (party benches) of the Assembly. The four-day workshop covered the following topics:
- What Makes a Great Member of Parliament?;
- The Role of a Member of Parliament;
- Member-Staff Relations;
- Women Empowerment;
- Party Relations;
- Working with the Media; and
- Constituent Services.
This training facilitated the exchange of legislative knowledge and experience between the NCSL faculty and the participants. It was centered on the issues commonly faced by legislatures as well as issues identified by Members of the Assembly. In working together during the workshop, the NCSL faculty team gained insight into the inner workings of the Assembly and workshop participants explored the legislative techniques of their U.S. counterparts. NCSL is proud to know that the training helped build bridges and strengthen relations between Mozambique and the U.S.
The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, the Honorable Lucas Chomera Jeremias, graciously gave opening remarks as did the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to Mozambique, Her Excellency Christine Elder. “Our expectation is for this to be an interactive seminar where everyone shares their experiences and that everyone is teaching and learning”, stated the Honorable Lucas Chomera. NCSL was honored to welcome both of these distinguished guests and have them participate in our workshop. Their remarks set a tone of collaboration and friendship for the four days of training. The Honorable Maria Antonia Enoque Dique, Head of the Renamo Parliamentary Bench, stated that, “The training that the NCSL faculty provided us was a great addition to our daily activities. What we learned was very interesting, and so was sharing our legislative experiences. We hope that … more of my colleagues have the opportunity to participate in your trainings. Good work.”
The Assembly composed a summary of the workshop activities that was published by the Agência de Informação de Moçambique (AIM) and featured on Sapo News. Please click on the following link to read the Assembly’s summary: http://noticias.sapo.mz/aim/artigo/403007032012202759.html.
Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback received by the leadership of the AR as well as the participants themselves, NCSL is very pleased to announce the workshop a success. NCSL is enthusiastic with the results of the training and has commenced discussions for the next activities of our program. NCSL is very excited for future program activities and to continue our partnership with the Assembly of the Republic.
Updated March 30, 2012
Mozambique - U.S. Legislative Program: Training for Support Services Staff
August 18-30, 2011
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is pleased to announce the completion of the first training in partnership with the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique (AR) as part of our Department of State funded program. This training was the first workshop conducted in this new partnership and focused on the support services staff of the Secretariat of the AR.
The AR opened its doors to host the two-part training, which was held in the newly dedicated Training Library of the Assembly. NCSL had the honor or hosting the first training after the dedication this past August. The workshop was kicked off with an opening session hosted by His Excellency Dr. Baptista Ismael Machaieie, Secretary General of the AR as well as Mr. Richard Kaminski, Political/Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Maputo. This beginning set the two for the two-part training that focused on train-the-trainer techniques as well as the support services the secretariat staff provide, including bill drafting, report writing, committee staffing, fiscal analysis, member-staff relations, and policy research. These topics were decided upon based on the AR’s stated needs and goals.
The train the trainer approach was inspired by the AR’s desire for the partnership and its results to be sustainable beyond the life of the program. As such, this training was directed at staff that are being trained as in-house trainers of the Assembly. When they complete their full training, this group of individuals will be the elite training force of the AR.
NCSL sent an experienced and enthusiastic faculty team to facilitate this training comprised of Representative Phil Lopes (former minority leader), Arizona; Mr. Pepper Sturm, Chief Deputy Research Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada; Dr. David Juppe, Senior Manager, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland; Mr. Bruce Feustel, Senior Fellow, Legislative Management Program, NCSL (former Wisconsin legislative attorney); and Ms. Maggie Lamborn, Program Coordinator, International Programs, NCSL. Please click here to see photos of the trainings and participants.
Both members of this partnership, NCSL and the AR were pleased with the initial results of the first workshop and are excited to continue to build on our partnership. During the time the NCSL faculty team was in Maputo, NCSL staff held meetings with our AR working group as well as the leadership of the political parties of the AR. These meetings allowed NCSL to gain the support of party leadership to facilitate our second training of the program for the elected Members of Parliament. Specifics on this second workshop are still being developed.
Updated September 1, 2011
Mozambique - U.S. Legislative Program: Roundtable Follow-Up Meetings
March 10-11, 2011
NCSL is pleased to announce a successful follow-up visit to the Assembly of the Republic (AR) of Mozambique. Mr. Brian Weberg, Director of the Legislative Management Program and Ms. Maggie Lamborn, Program Coordinator of the International Programs Department traveled to Maputo on March 10-11, 2011. On their brief but fruitful visit, NCSL’s delegation met with an enthusiastic working group of AR Secretariat staffers, with whom they continued to build upon the foundations established in the December meetings, and created new ways to keep the lines of communication, understanding, and trust between NCSL and the AR open.
The roundtable discussions with the working group led to a revised first year plan that is a result of in-country feedback on the program, as well as to an agreement on the first steps to be taken to ensure the success of the program. Working together, both delegations concluded that the first phase of the program should be centered around a series of workshops designed and facilitated jointly by the AR and NCSL that will provide training to both Members (MPs) and staff of the AR specifically tailored to fit the AR’s needs and desires.
NCSL is enthusiastic about the progress being made and we are currently in communication with staff of the AR to schedule dates for the first training. Both the AR and NCSL will work collaboratively in all aspects of the program, taking advantage of the resources and expertise each party brings to the program.
Updated March 15, 2011
Mozambique - U.S. Legislative Program: Introductory Trip and Official Partnering with the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique
November 27 - December 6, 2010
CSL is pleased to announce the successful completion of an Assessment Mission and Roundtable Discussion with the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique. After receiving an official invitation from the Secretary General to meet with the Assembly of the Republic Mr. Bruce Feustel, Senior Fellow of the Legislative Management and Ms. Maggie Lamborn, Program Coordinator of the International Programs Department traveled to Maputo November 28 - December 6.
During the visit, NCSL’s delegation, met with the Secretary General of the Assembly of the Republic and his assigned working group of four individuals for three solid days of discussions. NCSL staff believes that the positions and titles that these individuals hold demonstrates the Assembly’s dedication to the success of our program and partnership. During the meetings, Bruce and Maggie met with key personnel of the Assembly and were assigned a working group where they introduced NCSL and our proposed program and obtained guidance and feedback on the plan, incorporating the Assembly’s ideas and desires into the overall goals and outcomes. The roundtable discussions with the Assembly of the Republic were a great opportunity to share best practices and to strengthen the legislative relations between the two countries. Outside of meeting with the Assembly, the delegation met with the U.S. embassy, USAID, the Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy, AWEPA, the Center for Mozambican and International Studies, UNDP, Mozambique’s Youth Parliament, and representatives from the Provincial Assembly of Maputo.
Through the discussions with NCSL’s assigned working group and the Secretary General, our two groups agreed upon a partnership and signed a partnering agreement for the three-year program, which was signed on December 3, marking the official launch of the partnership. In addition, a work plan for the first year of our partnership was verbally agreed upon, including the first two workshops of the program. Steps are already being taken to prepare for Phase I, a workshop immediately before the beginning of the Assembly’s first 2011 session for Members of Parliament. In an effort to emphasize sustainability of all trainings, Phase I will include job responsibility and function consultations, peer job shadowing, training for future Assembly trainers, and individual coaching for participants.
As this program begins a new step, NCSL is excited to build upon the success of this first activity and was pleased to receive such positive support from the Assembly. This support was shown through actions taken and statements made during discussions, including, “the Assembly will do anything it can to contribute to the success of this partnership and program,” stated Dr. Beleza, Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Assembly and member of NCSL’s working group. NCSL looks forward to continuing to build this program and working with the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique.
Staff is currently looking for legislators and legislative staff interested in participating in this program. Specific preference will be given to those with Portuguese language skills as well as issue expertise. If you are interested in participating, please email Maggie Lamborn of the International Programs department at email@example.com.
Updated December 09, 2010
Mozambique - U.S. Legislative Program: A Partnership
NCSL is pleased to announce the beginning of a three-year program in the Republic of Mozambique working side by side with the national and provincial parliaments, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program will promote the exchange of legislative branch best practices between our two countries. A series of workshops designed and facilitated in partnership with the parliaments of Mozambique will take place at the national and subnational levels. Mozambique is a culturally rich and unique country in its legislative processes, and NCSL is excited to begin this partnership and share best practices between our two countries.
The objectives of the program include:
- Strengthening constituent services and increasing public awareness of the legislatures' work;
- Strengthening the institutional capacities of the partner legislatures;
- Comparing the roles and responsibilities of elected members and staff and encouraging their full participation in the legislative branch;
- Encouraging legislators to share best practices and communicate with their counterparts, both within Mozambique as well as between our two countries; and
- Empowering women and their voice in the legislative process.
NCSL will be implementing a multi-phase program between our two countries to accomplish these objectives. The first phase will include an assessment visit and several roundtable discussions. NCSL will send a delegation of elected lawmakers and legislative experts to the Mozambican parliaments to introduce the program, obtain their guidance and feedback on the plan, and incorporate their ideas and desires into the overall goals of the program. The following three phases of the program will take the shape of workshops specifically designed for the Mozambican legislatures according to their needs and desires. The roundtable discussions and workshops will offer a platform to share best practices as well as provide unique networking opportunities between legislative counterparts of our two countries.
The program is designed to establish long-lasting relationships with all participants. Both Mozambican and U.S. legislators and legislative staff will learn from each other and work collaboratively to strengthen their respective legislative institutions. NCSL enthusiasitically looks forward to launching this fruitful partnership.
NCSL is currently looking for legislators and legislative staff interested in participating in this program. Specific preference will be given to those with Portuguese language skills as well as issue expertise. If you are interested in participating, please email Maggie Lamborn of the International Programs department at firstname.lastname@example.org.