PNAfrica is a civil society parliamentary monitoring organisation based in Accra, Ghana, and working across Africa. Our vision is to promote open parliament across the continent. Parliamentary openness is simply the concept of calling on Parliaments and legislative bodies for an increased commitment to transparency, responsiveness and to citizen engagement in their work.
Our four core focus areas are as follows:
Parliamentary Institutions Strengthening & Support, where we support Parliaments and committees of parliaments, and provide technical assistance to PMOs to better enhance Parliaments legislative, oversight and representational functions. We also support Parliaments to develop and implement Open Parliament Action Plans, as we access the performance of national parliaments in discharging their duties. We engage in capacity building initiatives for MPs and staff of Parliaments, and monitor/track draft legislations (Bills) in parliament.
Media & Access to Information: We work at protecting the right of journalists reporting from various Parliaments and provide them support and capacity building to better report on the legislature. Believing in the fundamental human right of citizens’ access to information, we have been very instrumental in Ghana's journey towards having a Right to Information law passed, as we served as convenor for the Media Coalition on Right to Information. Additionally, we co-publish the _Parliamentary Newspaper_ which is a sub-regional niche publication aimed at bringing information from Parliaments to citizens living across the world, while we also take citizens and CSO advocacy campaigns to MPs. We are vigorous at promoting the concept of 'Democratisation of Parliamentary Information' as we believe that persons living everywhere (whether marginalised or irrespective of their peculiar situation) must have access to information on what their Parliaments do on their behalf.
Our Accountability, Livelihoods & Inclusiveness work stream allows us to work with anti-corruption organisations by supporting their actions and legislative advocacies. We champion the need for MPs to account to their constituents regularly, and facilitate linkages between MPs and the people they represent on the very issues that affect the livelihood of citizens. In effect, we seek to have Parliaments that leaves no one behind.
Convening and Knowledge Management: We build and support networks of parliamentary monitoring organisations (PMOs) and provide trainings on parliamentary advocacy across the continent. Our 'Open Parliament Outreach Series', 'Bill Symposium Series' and 'Parliamentary Dialogue Series' initiatives brings people together to share knowledge of various aspects of parliamentary work across the Continent. We are credited as the "go-to source on African Parliaments"