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17:30 - 19:00 24 October 2013

The politics of parliamentary development: working with the Iraqi Council of Representatives


131 A V Hill Lecture Theatre | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Sue Griffiths, Deputy Director, Global Partners Governance, Sue is Deputy Director of Global Partners Governance (GPG), responsible for oversight and strategic development of GPG’s projects strengthening parliamentary democracy and political parties. Sue also works specifically on support to political parties and parliament in Egypt and Jordan.Sue was previously a Senior Clerk in the House of Commons, where she provided support for select committees and individual Members of Parliament in a variety of roles, developing specialist knowledge of parliamentary procedure and processes. She worked on a number of proposals for parliamentary reform, including for the Modernisation Committee and, most recently, the new Backbench Business Committee.
Sameer Kassam, Global Partners Governance, Sameer Kassam manages Global Partners’ long-standing project with the Iraqi Council of Representatives, which aims at providing targeted support to parliamentary committees, directorates and senior staff. He also works on other implementation and research projects designed to assist parliaments and political parties across the MENA region, most notably with the Libyan General National Congress. He holds an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages from the University of Edinburgh and completed a Masters in Middle Eastern Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to joining Global Partners. His dissertation examined the relationship between the state and sectarianism in twentieth century Iraq and Lebanon.

In the field of governance and politics, international support has tended to focus on capacity building, provision of resources, institutional reform and training. But projects that alter institutional structures, give people more skills and provide extra resources are pointless unless the recipients use them in the right way. The ultimate objective is to change behaviour. In this session, Sue will outline GPG’s approach to supporting political and parliamentary change and the challenges of the current aid environment. Sameer will discuss the experience of implementing a project on the ground with the Iraqi Council of Representatives, the opportunities presented by working with reform-minded MPs and Staff as well as some notable achievements to which GPG has contributed.

Global Partners Governance has been working with parliaments, parties, politicians and staff in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa and beyond since 2006.


Dimitrios Kraniotis
+44 (0)207 679 4902 | d.kraniotis@ucl.ac.uk


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