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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS AND STAFF


Parliamentarians. Such programmes would mould Parliamentarians into procreators of political stability, sound law-making and well articulated policy that is objective and can be independently evaluated. The output would be an empowered, effective and efficient Parliament of the 21st century in a democracy.


Left: A tea plantation in Rwanda; This page: African Parliaments, top to bottom: Ghana, Lesotho, Cameroon and Botswana.


is purposed for providing/ exposing one to the relevant information. On the other hand, induction programmes seek to build some basic skills and understanding necessary for the execution of the roles and functions. Capacity development refines and affirms the acquired knowledge, while nurturing skills for optimum performance. Nevertheless, for the full and proper professional development of Parliamentarians and staff, their training and capacity development should shift from an orientation model towards a more permanent, predictable and ongoing system. Hence, there is growing concern for concerted and sustained research that would lead to improved design, development, delivery and evaluation of programmes to train


High hopes for The Centre of Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPSTS)


The prospects for The CPSTS growing into and being centres of


excellence for capacity development, training, knowledge and information management are high and more opportune now than ever before. The world and humanity in its entirety is yearning for excellent products/solutions/answers to the myriad challenges of the day and the unknown future. The search for excellent products has by and


large, encouraged the growth and crystallization of the organizations producing viable solutions at national, regional, continental and intercontinental conglomerates. Thus, there exists at almost every level, organizations (schools, colleges, universities, factories, industries, research institutes, etc.) that over varying periods of existence and production, have mustered reputation for products that provide solutions/ serve the needs of society. Cursory review of the history of all such organizations point to a humble and yet determined beginning. The solutions to the challenges of the 21st century will not spring from a “tabula rasa”, but from the known precepts that have been tested in the last two millennia. Indeed, virtually all aspects of human civilization trace their roots to ancient times. That notwithstanding, innovations for easier, appropriate, viable, user-friendly products and applications continue in this century. The veracity of this is no less obvious than in the evolution of parliamentary democracy. One would have thought, especially, in Africa, innovation would be necessary given that the systems and structures of governance bequeathed to us were as good as it got. How mistaken we were. Perhaps no other continent or peoples, boast of such high proliferation of reforms/ transformation than in Africa, since re-independence started in Ghana on 6 March 1957.


Today, Africa has experimented with varied shades of Westminster, congressional, parliamentary, presidential, mono and multi-party, no parties, evolved and legislated party systems, absolute, constitutional monarchy, unitary, federal, union, devolved, racial and multi-racial. The experiments and innovations


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