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Week in Review: 8 – 10 October 2019

During the week in review, the National Assembly covered a wide range of its duties, including ministerial statements, reports, bills, and motions. The issue of quorum and questions and answers were discussed as follows: On Tuesday 8 October, the Speaker of the National Assembly announced that his office received a petition from members of Fridays […]

The 5th Children’s Parliament

The 5th Children’s Parliament convened at the National Assembly over the 19th to 23rd August 2019. The group comprised 91 learners from all 14 regions who met under the theme “Engaging Young People in the Legislative Process”. In his opening statements, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi stated that “the fundamental aspect of the Children’s Parliament is […]

Week in Review: 27 – 31 May

During the tabling of the 2019/20 Budget on 27 March 2019, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein pointed out that the budget made provision for “a growth stimulus package”. However, in their debate during the committee stage between 16 and 28 May 2019, various members of the National Council expressed concern regarding various allocations, notably unemployment, […]

Winners and Losers

When government adjusted the budget, which ministries gained and lost?

Week in Review: September 12-15

The National Assembly is back! But of course, things tend to start slowly after recess and so there is not much to report for this week. One particularly newsworthy thing did happen: after months of deliberation, the National Assembly finally sent the Time Bill off to the President. Once he signs it and gazettes it, […]

Working with the Women’s Caucus

As part of the IPPR’s Democracy Report project we’re doing a bunch of workshops with MPs focusing specifically on gender issues. We had the first of our four workshops on June 27 2017, which was focused on creating a strong Women’s Caucus. A caucus is a group of Parliamentarians who come together based on particular […]