The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a non-profit research agency, has called on Parliament to develop guidelines to regulate its dealings with civil society and other organisations.
According to CPR, these guidelines are important to ensure efficiency in various activities and projects that Parliament undertakes in partnership with these organisations.
The policy think tank suggests the guidelines should include a mechanism for redress with organisations that encounter difficulties in their dealings with the House.
“CPR believes this initiative will help address the difficulties that such organisations go through in their bid to strengthen Parliament to promote good governance”, says Gloria Edusei, Executive Director of the Centre.
CPR is certain the state alone cannot provide all the capacity which Parliament requires on various issues, hence the need for support from civil society and other organisations.
The Centre believes civil society support will to help address the capacity deficits of Parliament.
“Over the years, this critical support to Parliament by such organisations has been very useful in enhancing the capacities of Members of Parliament in diverse ways and has also impacted positively on [their] performance and Parliament as an institution.”