EISA Madagascar: Legislature-CSO interactions

2020


Review meeting on the social dialogue held in Atsimo Atsinanana region

2 Sep 2020

EISA conducted a review meeting with the stakeholders who took part in the 2019 Atsimo Atsinanana social dialogue on September 2, 2020. The review was conducted in two steps, the first step consisted of conducting the review with civil society organisations from the region via telephone during the month of August. The second step consisted of a face-to-face review meeting with MPs from the region in Antananarivo.

Three MPs among the seven who participated in the review meeting had participated in the initial social dialogue, including the vice-president of the National Assembly. The objective of the follow-up was to draw lessons from the dialogue and follow-up with the actions taken by stakeholders during the first dialogue. A common agreement during the review was the innovative aspect of the dialogue held in the region and the usefulness of the discussions in some other relevant issues of the region.

National Assembly members accountability tracking tool

Mar & Jun 2020

As part of the steps in developing a tracking tool, consultative meetings with local civil society organisations monitoring parliament were held in March. The tracking tool aims to provide an objective assessment of the accountability of National Assembly members to their constituents. These discussions explored areas of cooperation between EISA, CSOs and other partners of the National Assembly.

In June, a small working group with National Assembly staff was set up to ensure their adherence to the approach, develop strategies to gain MPs' confidence and ownership and determine the criteria and methodologies to build the tool. Research on the different parliamentary benchmarks and the steps required to develop the tools were also conducted and further discussions were held with international organisations with past experiences in this field. These interactions were conducted via email, whereas ZOOM meetings were held where participants had internet access.

2019


Participants in the dialogue betwen CSOs and MPs on women's inheritance rights in Atsimo Atsinanana region
Dialogue betwen CSOs and MPs on women's inheritance rights in Atsimo Atsinanana region

Nov 2019

Despite the legal provisions regarding the equal rights in inheritance in Madagascar, women from the Atsimo Andrefana regions do not benefit from these rights and are left out in the inheritance process. The social dialogue was held in Farafangana on 12 and 13 November, capital of the Atsimo Atsinanana region in order to raise awareness about the issues but also to discuss potential strategies regarding the application of the law despite cultural and society's norms.

Participants in the dialogue betwen CSOs and MPs on women's inheritance rights in Atsimo Atsinanana region

The dialogue convened legislators, civil society organisations, local executive branch and traditional leaders from the region. Following the dialogue, all the stakeholders agreed to end the discrimination regarding inheritance toward women in the region by signing a joint action plan.

Open house days of the National Assembly

A Parliament Open House Day was also organized in parallel with the social dialogue on women's inheritance rights in the Atsimo Atsinanana region. It is one of EISA's new strategy to hold a small parliament open house day with social dialogues meetings to inform voters about the National assembly and MPs' role and functions.

2017


Follow-up action on the social dialogue held in Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana

21-22 Aug 2017

On August 21 and 22, a follow-up to the social dialogue held in Anosy in 2016 was held in Antananarivo and Fort-Dauphin. Several interviews sessions was held between MPs and CSOs to evaluate the impact of the social dialogue on the CSOs and to see how it has improved the dialogue between the MPs and the CSOs. CSOs noted that they face challenges in reaching their objectives due to the lack of resources, capacity and acceptance by the community as they perceive that MPs are undermining their efforts. The social dialogue exchange also identified the need for CSOs and elected representatives to remain in constant communication and to support CSOs by empowering them to ensure the sustainability of the dialogue. A further recommendation was that the social dialogue sessions should take place before each parliamentary session so that MPs are aware of local concerns and needs.

Social dialogue between MPs and civil society organization from Atsimo Andrefana
Social dialogue between Atsimo Andrefana MPs and civil society

Jul 2017

On 4th and 5th July, a two day social dialogue was convened between MPs and CSOs from the Atsimo Andrefana region in Tulear, following requests from CSOs who had attended previous social dialogue sessions. This fifth social dialogue session adopted a new dialogue format whereby local government representatives such as the head of the Atsimo Andrefana region, were included. The first day of the workshop focused on the presentation of the role and function of both MPs and CSOs along with a session on MPs accountability. The second day was mainly an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. The topic of the DINA was the centre of the discussion as insecurity (in regard to livestock theft) is the main concern of all the constituencies within the region. At the end of the workshop, a joint plan of action was signed between CSOs and MPs to ensure the continuity of the dialogue.

Civil Society - Parliament Engagement

2016


Social dialogue between MPs and CSOs

Jun 2016

A social dialogue between MPs and Civil Society Organisations, facilitated by EISA was held in Tolagnaro, a city on the southeast coast of Madagascar, on 20 June 20 2016. The aim of the workshop was to create space for dialogue between MPs and local CSOs to create opportunities for strengthening citizen participation and engagement with MPs thereby promoting accountability of elected representatives to encourage good governance.

Civil Society - Parliament Engagement

The first part of the event consisted of knowledge updating on the representative role of MPs and the relationship between MPs and CSOs in the democratic process and in MPs parliamentary work.

Discussions on topics related to local issues selected by CSOs were held in the afternoon under the topic good governance". At the end of the workshop, a partnership agreement between CSOs and MPs was signed to continue with the dialogue.

This social dialogue was initiated by EISA and the first such dialogue was held in Toamsina between MPs and CSOs in Toamasina in December 2015. An innovation of June 20 workshop was the signature of the partnership agreement.

2008


Civil Society - Parliament Engagement
Civil Society - Parliament Engagement

In Antananrivo, on 1-2 September 2008, EISA's held a two day workshop with national civil society organisations (CSOs) in Antananarivo on 1 and 2 September 2008 on the theme: Civil Society - Parliament Relations. 30 national CSO participants are expected to attend the workshop which will provide them with knowledge on how they can contribute to participatory democracy through interacting with their parliament. Topics covered were:

  • Civil society participation and parliament in perspective
  • Influencing policy and law making
  • Understanding advocacy and lobbying
  • Budgeting and finances for civil society

On 5 November 2008 a parliamentarian's workshop was held in Antananarivo, as well as a dialogue between parliamentarians and civil society organisations on 6 November. The workshop focused on the core functions of a parliamentarian i.e. oversight, legislation and representation. The policy dialogue brought together the 30 parliamentarians attending the workshop and representatives of national CSOs with a view to putting in place mechanisms for improved Parliament civil society engagement.