Mittwoch, 3. August 2011

Parliamentary performance in Yemen before and during the revolution

I would like to use this opportunity to draw attention to a project implemented by the Yemen Polling Center, the foremost independent research institute in Yemen: Yemen Parliament Watch (YPW). Since November 2009, the Yemen Polling Center (YPC) has been observing parliamentary performance on a daily basis. It has also trained Members of Parliament about the responsibilities and opportunities of their job as well as journalists on how to monitor the performance of MPs. The English version of the website can be accessed here, it is, however, not as detailed as the Arabic one. One of the features I as a researcher like most about this project is the ability to access information about all MPs, i.e. their affilition, constituency, background as well as the correct spelling of their names in Arabic (very important!). YPW has also documented the performance of Parliament throughout the revolution. Moreover, it has published two detailed reports analyzing the the performance of parliament last year, which are available in English and Arabic.

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