Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is active in: Representative Democracy; International Peace and Security; Sustainable Development; Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Women in politics; Education, Science and Culture.

The Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. To that end, it: Fosters contacts, co-ordination, and the exchange of experience among parliaments and parliamentarians of all countries; Considers questions of international interest and concern and expresses its views on such issues in order to bring about action by parliaments and parliamentarians; Contributes to the defence and promotion of human rights -- an essential factor of parliamentary democracy and development; Contributes to better knowledge of the working of representative institutions and to the strengthening and development of their means of action.

  • Development of a Constitution
  • Elections
  • Financial Transparency and Accountability
  • Gender
  • Good Offices and Peace Support
  • Human Rights
  • Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction
  • Security Sector Governance
  • Transitional Justice

Gender

The IPU promotes the participation of women in politics and does a lot of advocacy based on research. It is the only parliamentary organisation of global scope to mobilise parliamentarians around issues of peace. It does so by encouraging them to take positions on these issues but also by building their capacities to tackle these issues nationally and internationally.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
  • Direct project implementation
  • Policy advice
  • Project support services
  • Research and policy development
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Training programmes for members of parliament and parliamentary staff at national and regional levels on issues parliaments are called upon to del with: AIDS, gender, human rights, security sector oversight, reconciliation, sustainable development, gender mainstreaming, etc / Democratic Rep of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq; Burundi; Afghanistan, Pakistan; Egypt, Timor Leste, etc; regional activities in Latin America, Africa, Asia.
Needs, assessment, project design, implementation and evaluation and resource mobilisation for projects dealing with parliamentary functioning / Democratic Rep of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq; Burundi; Afghanistan, Pakistan; Egypt, Timor Leste, etc; regional activities in Latin America, Africa, Asia.
Provision of specific consultancies on issues of topical concern to the parliament / Egypt, Afghanistan.
Needs, assessment, project design, implementation and evaluation and resource mobilisation for projects dealing with parliamentary functioning / Democratic Rep of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq; Burundi; Afghanistan, Pakistan; Egypt, Timor Leste, etc; regional activities in Latin America, Africa, Asia.
Production of handbooks for parliamentarians / Global.
Needs, assessment, project design, implementation and evaluation and resource mobilisation for projects dealing with parliamentary functioning / Democratic Rep of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq; Burundi; Afghanistan, Pakistan; Egypt, Timor Leste, etc

Human Rights

The IPU is one of the few organisations that seeks to defend the human rights of parliamentarians; it mobilises parliamentarians in support of human rights and build their capacity therefore; it has begun to promote parliaments' tole as a ajor actor in post conflict reconciliation and reconstruction.
Between 1 million to 50 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
  • Direct project implementation
  • Policy advice
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Building parliaments' capacity to promote and defend human rights; promote parliament's capacity to contribute to the implementation of human rights treaties / DRC, BurundiEquatorial Guinea, Timor Leste, Afghanistan, etc; Francophone Africa.
Building parliaments' capacity to promote and defend human rights / DRC, BurundiEquatorial Guinea, Timor Leste, Afghanistan, etc; Francophone Africa
Providing support bodies investigating human rights abuses / Sri Lanka.
Investigating cases of the violations of human rights of parliamentarians / Several countries.

Financial Transparency and Accountability

Parliaments are major players in ensuring transparency through their oversight role. The IPU strives to make sure they play this role efficiently and effectively.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
  • Research and policy development
Description of activities
Programmes to build parliamentarians' capacity to ensure transparency and accountability in the budget process / regional activities in Asia, Africa, Latin America as well as in countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc
Development of handbook on parliamentary role in budget and gender / global.
  • Africa
    • Central Africa
      • Equatorial Guinea
      • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Eastern Africa
      • Zimbabwe
      • Rwanda
      • Kenya
      • Burundi
    • Southern Africa
      • Botswana
    • Western Africa
      • Sierra Leone
  • Asia
    • South Asia
      • Sri Lanka
      • Pakistan
      • Maldives
      • Afghanistan
    • South East Asia
      • Thailand
      • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
      • Cambodia
      • Timor-Leste
    • Western Asia
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Jordan

Sierra Leone

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Capacity building for parliament
Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Advocacy
Description: 

Needs assessment with a view to project development to position parliament as a major actor in post conflict reconstruction
Development of a strateghic and reform plan for parliament
Design of a programme of assistance to the parliament
Organisation of activities to help parliament promote national reconciliation

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Human Rights
Good Offices and Peace Support
Gender
Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Policy advice
Direct project implementation
Capacity and development training
Advocacy
Description: 

Needs assessment, project design and implementation

Resource mobilisation for project of assistance to promote parliament as a major actor in the peace process and post-conflict reconstruction

Training programmes for staff and members of parliament, organising dialogue sessions for key stakeholders in the parliament,, implementing a programme to support women's participation in parliamentary processes

Training programmes on human rights and national reconciliation

Programme of support to women parliamentarians

Sierra Leone

Sectors of activity: 
Transitional Justice
Capacity building for parliament
Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Advocacy
Description: 

Needs assessment with a view to project development to position parliament as a major actor in post conflict reconstruction
Development of a strateghic and reform plan for parliament
Design of a programme of assistance to the parliament
Organisation of activities to help parliament promote national reconciliation

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Human Rights
Good Offices and Peace Support
Gender
Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Policy advice
Direct project implementation
Capacity and development training
Advocacy
Description: 

Needs assessment, project design and implementation

Resource mobilisation for project of assistance to promote parliament as a major actor in the peace process and post-conflict reconstruction

Training programmes for staff and members of parliament, organising dialogue sessions for key stakeholders in the parliament,, implementing a programme to support women's participation in parliamentary processes

Training programmes on human rights and national reconciliation

Programme of support to women parliamentarians

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Chemin du Pommier 5
Grand Saconnex CH-1218
Other
More than 10 years
Between 1 million to 50 million CHF per annum
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Chemin du Pommier 5
Grand Saconnex CH-1218
Headquarters

Implements the programme of work of the organisation. In so doing, gives effect to the decisions of the Governing Bodies of the Organisation.

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Mr
Anders B Johnsson
Secretary General
Martin Chungong
Director, Division for the Promotion of Democracy
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Network

Without name

Type: 
United Nations / IOs
Geographical scope: 
Global

Partnership

Without name

Description: 

The IPU partners with regional organisations to deliver training programmes and develop training materials in the areas of human rights, security sector reform, gender promotion.

Partner organisations: 
Regional Organisation
NGOs