The Interior and Decentralization Committee of the National Assembly benefited from a capacity building workshop organized by EISA in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), on June 3 2016.
The workshop consisted in a knowledge update on the decentralization system in Madagascar, its stakes and challenges. The topics of gender and decentralization, as well as the roles and functions of the Committee were also addressed.
Decentralization is an important issue in Madagascar, as many barriers have made its implementation unsuccessful. Moreover, decentralization is an entry point to development and a vector of local democracy.
EISA Madagascar, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the French Embassy, is holding an induction workshop for the newly elected and appointed Senators of Madagascar, from May 25th to May 17th. During the three-day workshop, presentations on the roles and functions of Senators, on decentralization, as well as on gender issues - women's political participation, gender mainstreaming in the legislative process, the role of the Senate in the creation of a gender sensitive Parliament - will be provided by different experts, and the attendees will share knowledge and experiences. This workshop addresses a need for capacity-building for the Senate expressed by the President of the institution, and will help the Senators fulfill their mandate effectively. The opening ceremony was chaired by the President of the Senate, Mr Honoré Rakotomanana.
A capacity-building workshop aimed at the Assistants of the Senators will also be held from May 30th until June 1st 2016.
The new Senate has been set up on February 2016 and its inception represents an important step in the process of democratic reconstruction in Madagascar.