The Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) was established in 2007 with the aim of strengthening Parliaments locally and regionally. SAPST’s work involves training of Committees and the Secretariat of Parliament in legislative, policy and budget analysis and reporting.
Excellence in Parliamentary Strengthening for Good Governance and Democracy
Enhancing Constructive Citizen Engagement of the State
While acknowledging the efforts by CSOs in Zimbabwe to influence the full implementation of the Constitution and influence the law reform agenda,
National Indicative Programme
SAPST is part of a consortium of civil society organisations (CSOs) implementing a programme funded by the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe (the EU) under the National Indicative Programme (NIP)
Funder: Save the Children International
Project Description: The Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) has been implementing a project that seeks to advocate for public investment in children in the East and Southern Africa region. The specific focus of SAPST’s intervention during the 2017-2021 period was to increase the allocation and public spending in sectors that promote the survival, learning and development of children through strengthening parliamentary rights-based approaches to budgeting and promoting participatory budgeting in East and Southern Africa.
Countries reached: Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda
Funder: United States Department for Labour and Human Rights
Project Description: The Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust and its partners – Amnesty International Southern Africa and the International Commission of Jurists, Malawi Economic Justice Network and Women and Law in Southern Africa country chapters in Botswana, Malawi and Lesotho – implemented a support programme in Botswana, Lesotho and Malawi. The United States Department for Labour and Human Rights (DRL) funded the programme. The programme was titled Facilitating Civil Society Organizations to Engage Parliaments on the Promotion and Protection of Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs).
The project’s main goal was strengthening parliamentary committees and promoting parliament-CSO engagement to improve government accountability. Promoting increased citizen participation in political and economic decision-making was seen as important for fulfilling fundamental human rights and freedoms.
Countries reached: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi
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