Best practice visit and knowledge exchange in Mindanao
Politics Plus are currently involved in a project with NI-CO, funded by the British Embassy, which aims to strengthen democracy in conflict-affected Mindanao and assist the transition to a new Bangsamoro Parliament by building an effective legislative secretariat to support a professional cadre of elected members.
In February 2016, a group of five officials from Mindanao visited Northern Ireland to learn more about our legislative practice and member development programmes.
During their visit they met with senior officials from the Office of the First and deputy First Minister, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat. They had the opportunity to meet with Members of the NI Assembly to discuss their experiences of working in a new Parliament, and the challenges that they have faced and lessons learned.
This work with the Bangsamoro Parliament is ongoing, with Gareth McGrath, Director of Politics Plus, providing support in the Philippines, along with NI-CO and external partners. The Northern Ireland Assembly provides a wealth of experience, knowledge, and best practice to regions emerging from conflict on an international stage.