The House Democracy Partnership is a program of the House Democracy Assistance Commission and works with partner legislatures in Afghanistan, Colombia, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, and Timor-Leste. It carries out a wide array of technical and material assistance programs with partner legislatures, using the experience of Members of Congress and congressional staff, to improve the fundamental capabilities of legislatures to serve as effective, independent, representative bodies of government. The following is a sample of HDP's programs.
Member Outbound Programs
HDP Members have conducted thirty outbound delegations to 16 partner countries since 2006. Outbound programs facilitate discussions between Members and staff of the U.S. House of Representatives and their counterparts in partner legislatures on a variety of topics, including parliamentary operations, policy questions, bilateral relations and regional issues. The delegations also include programming focused on constituent relations, including site visits to constituencies to participate in town hall meetings or seminars on constituent outreach.
Rep. Price poses with some of the 28 participants
(from 9 countries) in the inaugural Staff Institute
Member Inbound ProgramsHDP has conducted nineteen Inbound Programs bringing over 200 members of partner legislatures to the United States for 7-10 days of training focusing on parliamentary operations and constituent service. HDP conducted programs in on committee operations, parliamentary operations, legislative research and budget analysis.
Defense OversightCivilian oversight of the defense sector is among the most critical needs for many partner legislatures. HDP has partnered with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies and developed training programs for members of partner legislatures focusing on Defense Oversight. HDP has now hosted a total of six Defense Oversight programs with legislatures of Afghanistan, Indonesia, Mongolia and Pakistan in coordination with the Department of Defense, The US Agency for International Development and the Department of State.
Staff Training and Assessment DelegationsHDP has mobilized expert resources in the U.S. House of Representatives to bring their expertise to bear in support of partner legislatures by sending specialized delegations of current and former Congressional staff to partner nations for training and assessment missions. Some of the highlights have included: Budget Committee staffers trained Haitian MPs, staff from the Ethics Committee conducted training in Kenya and Ukraine, the Macedonian Parliament received training from both committee staff and district office directors, the Peruvian Congress received specialized training in conducting public hearing and legislative research, and the Library of Congress staff trained their counterparts in library operations in Timor-Leste and Liberia, among several other delegations.
Research Library built by HDP for the East Timorese Parliament.