Increasingly, parliaments are challenged to manage their own affairs, free from the restrictions imposed upon them by the executive. Civil society sets the bar for “good corporate governance” in parliament, with heightened expectations of probity, accountability, and transparency. Good corporate governance helps to ensure that the “public interest” is well served, thus protecting the integrity of the parliament. Parliamentarians, as agents operating in the best interests of citizens, are expected to maintain an understanding of those interests when deliberating on policy issues from the perspective of the public good, and engaging citizens in the process. In assisting parliamentarians to perform these tasks, staff need to possess the practical skills to develop communication strategies and prepare media releases, and related communication tools.
This program explains how parliaments can meet the expectations of the public through clear and coherent corporate governance structures and processes, and optimal utilization of available resources, while, at the same time, being able to reach out to them.