Politics Plus, in collaboration with Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO), have been successful in securing funding with the highly competitive Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy.
The Fund was launched on 18th January 2016 by FCO Minister Baroness Anelay, which aims to further British interests overseas by tackling the root causes of human rights violations, strengthening institutions and governance, promoting and protecting human rights, and supporting democracy and the rule of law.
The Fund has three priority themes:
• Democratic values and the rule of law – Uphold universal rights, democracy and the rule of law as key building blocks for more secure and prosperous societies;
• The rules-based international order – Support an effective rules-based international order that stands up for universal rights;
• Human rights for a stable world – Promote a more stable world by upholding universal rights in tackling conflict and extremism.
Politics Plus is uniquely positioned to provide international consultancy in the area of parliamentary strengthening, particularly in divided societies emerging from conflict. To date, we have worked with delegations from numerous regions, including Israel and the West Bank, the Philippines, Egypt, Macedonia and Kosovo; providing guidance on best practice developed though the Northern Ireland political context and the Politics Plus model. Our work also includes the provision of international exchange programmes to support the sharing of knowledge and best practice.
This recent round of funding was awarded to further our work in the Philippines, in supporting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in the transition to a new parliamentary form of democracy; to develop the capacity of the Bangsamoro Parliament and; establish effective intergovernmental relations mechanisms. To meet these needs, Politics Plus will work with a delegation from the Philippines to share knowledge, expertise, create a knowledge exchange programme and develop a strategic plan to support their new parliamentary structure.
We are delighted to be able to continue this important work and look forward to seeing a peaceful and democratic Bangsamoro in the future.