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Consultative and Capacity Building Workshop on the Ratification of the Pan African Parliament Protocol and other Africa Union (AU) Human Rights Instruments
30-October-2018

The African Centre of Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) led a training for Members of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) on Results Based Management (RBM). The training was part of a broad consultative workshop on the ratification of the PAP Protocol and other African Union (AU) Human Rights Instruments. The workshop took place in Banjul, The Gambia on October 1-5, 2018.  A total of 50 Members from relevant Permanent Committees of the PAP and Members of the Committee on Agriculture of the National Assembly of The Gambia took part in the training. The aim of the training was to equip MPs with skills that will enable them work from a results-oriented perspective, towards the realization of the goals of the Parliament’s strategic plan, as well as adopt measures to speed up the pace of ratification of the Revised PAP Protocol and other AU Human Rights Instruments. Specifically, the workshop;

  • Created awareness on ratification and domestication of the PAP Protocol and other AU Human Rights Legal Instruments among new Pan African Parliamentarians;
  • Created awareness on the 10 Year Action Plan on Human and Peoples’ Right Decade in Africa;
  • Reviewed and validated the findings of the assessment study on the status of ratification and domestication of the PAP Protocol and the 11 AU Human Rights Legal Instruments;
  • Enhanced the capacities of new Parliamentarians on managing for results within the framework of Result-Based Management (RBM) principles; and
  • Identified the capacities required to fast-track the ratification and domestication of the PAP Protocol and the other AU Human Rights Legal Instruments.

Participants were generally satisfied with the new knowledge they acquired on issues pertaining to the ratification of AU protocols and RBM and made a commitment to apply the knowledge in their work both at the level of the Continental Parliament and National Parliaments. Participants also demonstrated renewed interest in pursuing actions that will quicken the pace of ratification of the PAP Protocol and other AU protocols. A communique was adopted by participants stating the major outcomes of the trainings and recommendations for further action. The recommendations bothered on concrete steps the PAP should take to speed up the ratification of its protocol and other AU Human Rights Instruments as well as encouraging Members to use RBM to inform policy formulation and decision making.