Support to Legislatures

About the publication

  • Published: February 2010
  • Series: Evaluation report
  • Type: Evaluations
  • Carried out by: Arne Tostensen and Inge Amundsen, Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Commissioned by: --
  • Country:
  • Theme: Governance and democracy
  • Pages: 162
  • Serial number: 2/2010
  • ISBN: 978-82-7548-477-0
  • ISSN: --
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Support to democracy building in developing countries increased after 1990. It is gradually seen less as a technical exercise and more as a challenging, politically sensitive area of cooperation. Norway has supported the strengthening of democratic institutions with approximately 12 billion NOK in the last ten years, and as seen in this study a relatively small share was allocated to legislatures.

The study discusses different models of legislatures and political and electoral systems, with particular emphasis on fragile states. It also presents an overview of agencies specialised in this field, and of trends of donor support.

The authors find relatively few systematic evaluations of the results of support to legislatures, but identify some lessons from the literature for future work in this area: 

  1. understand political economy
  2. have a long-term, comprehensive approach
  3. mobilise sufficient expertise
  4. establish (in the case of Norway) strategic donor partnerships

The Evaluation Department commissioned the study as a basis for future evaluations in this area. We hope that the report can be of use to others that are engaged in this field.

Published 16.02.2010
Last updated 16.02.2015