In the wake of South Sudan’s independence on 9 July 2011, promoting sustainable peace, good governance and economic stability through institutional development have become crucial, as ethnic relations after so many years of civil war remain fragile. AWEPA is currently implementing a two-year capacity building programme in the National Legislative Assembly and the State Assemblies. The programme, sponsored by the European Union, consists of general and specialised trainings, technical consultancies, study visits and secondments, legislative support, participation in parliamentary conferences, community outreach programmes, media action, publications and parliamentary handbooks. The focus of this programme is to remedy the weak legislative regime in the Assembly, insufficient organisational systems and procedures, inadequate human resource management policies, weak governance and the lack of civil society participation in matters of their governance.
The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to achieving meaningful participatory leadership, good governance, accountability
and improved service delivery in South Sudan through an effective legislature. The programme and its activities serve the specific objective of improving the capacity of the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the ten State Assemblies in South
Sudan to respond to the challenges they face while enacting their legislative, oversight and representative functions.
The following impacts can be attributed to the actions of AWEPA in South Sudan:
- technical legislative support was provided in scrutiny, analysis and drafting of bills;
- all Members were trained in budget scrutiny, oversight and analysis;
- radio talk shows with members of the NLA were sponsored;
- administrative capacity of the NLA was strengthened through skills-based training for staff of the Assembly in Public Relations and Protocol, Records and Information Management, Public Sector Finance Management and transcribing and editing;
- the staff structure of the NLA was reviewed and the roles and functions of the different departments were clarified;
- several publications were produced and distributed: a manual on Records and Information Management, a manual on Budget Scrutiny, Analysis and Oversight, the Hansard Style & Usage Guide and Transcribing Guidelines;
- human resource policy manuals were developed;
- public participation was strengthened through public hearings;
- the NLA became a Member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly;
- a plan of action for the first year of the NLA was developed;
- all Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the State Assemblies were trained in parliamentary procedures and practices.