Dr Susan Dodsworth writes on the practicalities of parliamentary strengthening projects

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Susan Dosworth has written an article for Open Democracy (23 February) entitled 'Politics and parliamentary strengthening: where to now?'  The article deals with a project that she and Nic Cheeseman are working on with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy called 'The Political Economy of Democracy Promotion Project'.

On problems with parliament strengthening in the past she writes, "In perhaps one of the most egregious examples, one organisation conducted training for MPs in Timor-Leste in English and Portuguese. Many of the MPs, native Tetum speakers, spoke neither of these fluently. As a result most of the content was lost in translation."

You can read the full article by clicking here: http://blog.politics.ox.ac.uk/politics-and-parliamentary-strengthening-where-to-now/

You can also read about the 'Political Economy of Democracy Promotion' project by clicking here: http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/research-projects/the-political-economy-of-democracy-promotion-project-in-collaboration-with-the-westminster-foundation-for-democracy.html