Office of the Government Chief Whip of the Parliament of Uganda: Understanding UK Parliament, Government, and Parliamentary Procedure

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Client: Office of the Government Chief Whip of the Parliament of Uganda

Programme: Understanding UK Parliament and Government

(Delivered in London, UK, 2014)

The client

The Office of the Government Chief Whip of the Parliament of Uganda is responsible for the day-to-day parliamentary business and voting procedures within the Parliament of Uganda. http://www.parliament.go.ug/new/index.php/20-parliament-of-uganda/about-parliament/paliamentary-service/180-office-of-government-chief-whip. The visiting delegation was therefore comprised of serving Ugandan Members of Parliament. The programme allowed focus on good governance and good practice for parliamentary procedure, including transparency and accountability measures.

The problem

The high-level delegation wished to come to London to undertake a study visit. They wanted a programme which explored the key facets of the Westminster and Whitehall systems whilst allowing time for comparisons with its Ugandan counterpart.

Our actions

Utilising our widespread network of associate trainers, Dods Training put together a programme which would take participants through processes and best practice. The programme gave participants insight into the UK Parliamentary system, the structure and functions of government institutions, the roles of key players such as Ministers, Special Advisers, Civil Servants and Members of Parliament. It also focused on the decision making process and who can influence those decisions, the legislative process and the administration of Parliament and the passage of a Bill through Parliament.

Highlights of the course included guest speaker slots from a member of the House of Lords, a tour of Parliament and watching Oral Parliamentary Questions to the Ministry of Justice.

Conclusions 

The course was very well received with all participants stating that the training had accomplished their objectives. The delegation said the training had been “excellent,” “enjoyable,” and “very well organised and structured.”