The report identifies that the second Hluttaw is building on the achievements of the first and that the operation of the institution, as well as parliamentary processes and practices, have evolved and developed. There is also some evidence that MPs are encountering obstacles and constraints to the development of democratic practices. The findings can provide directions for the Hluttaw administration to enhance the institution’s capacity, as well as its services, support and professional development opportunities.
The report is simultaneously launched online and on the Union Hluttaw intranet. UNDP/IPU have supported the development of ICT systems to strengthen provision of information to MPs and across Hluttaw Office departments, and that will strengthen engagement between citizens and the Hluttaws. The Hluttaw Intranet, launched in May 2019, using the SharePoint system is the first e-parliament service to be rolled out to MPs. The report has been shared with all MPs to help implant effective practice by elected representatives in a new democracy.
The research has been generously funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).