Support to Palau Congress

Project Summary

Palau became a member of the United Nations in 1994 and in July 2008, it signed the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA). As a young nation, various capacity constraints undermine the national legislature's ability to perform its constitutional mandate. Out of the 44 recommendations in the LNA Report the Special Committee had agreed that the Congress will implement 30 through the use of its resources and internal processes with technical support from UNDP while UNDP will support the Congress formulate a project proposal and together with the support of Palau National Congress mobilize additional resources to implement 14 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 21, 25, 28, 37, 38) recommendations since their implementation require financial and technical resources. In April 2009, UNDP and the Palau joint LNA task force validated the LNA recommendations and design this project to implement 44 recommendations of the LNA report. The joint LNA task force comprises representatives from the Senate and House of Delegates of the Palau Congress. The project’s objectives are to develop the technical, advisory, administrative and procedural support capacities with the Senate and House of Delegates secretariat and to develop the capacity of members to enhance their legislative, representative and oversight roles. It is designed to achieve the following outputs: (i) Capacity of Congress Secretariats developed; (ii) National Congress (OEK) Members supported in their constitutional roles; and (iii) Project is effectively managed. The project will implement organizational reform and providing options to establish an independent and competent staff appointment, promotion system to ensure professional staffs are retained. At present, members’ access to informational technology is limited and a notable absence of a members’ handbook.

The project will also address cross cutting issues such as gender, MDGs, human rights and environment in partnership with the following UN agencies: UNFPA, UNICEF, and UNIFEM. Specific indicators will be developed to monitor implementation of cross cutting issues.

What have we accomplished so far

  • Congress research and information and committee support services strengthened.
    • Congress Library established.
    • Storage server established
    • Intranet and information technology systems put place
    • Secretariats of the Senate and the House of Delegates have capacity to support Members address cross cutting issues.
  • OEK Members supported in their legislative, representative and oversight roles
    • Handbook for members published
    • Orientation & specialized workshops conducted
    • Senators and Delegates have increased understanding of cross cutting issues including Gender, Human Rights, MDGs, Child Protection and Population and Development.
  • Effective Project Management
    • Financial and narrative reports shows quality of deliverables and accountability for resources
    • Risks and issues logs are regularly updated
    • Quarterly reports submitted to country office for review.

Who Finances it



UNDP
Total Budget: US$201,277

Project Delivery (US$)

2010
$53,224
2011
$65,673
2012
$38,829
Project Overview
Project ID
00074353
Status
Ongoing
Project Start Date
2010
Estimated End Date
2012
Geographic Coverage
Palau
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
UNDP Focal Point
Brian Lenga
Implementing Partners
Office of the President of Senate
Office of the Speaker of the House of Delegates
Related Document
Project Document