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SUNY/CID hosts delegation from the Parliament of Georgia

Representatives the delegation of Georgia, SUNY/CID staff and GLC staff (March 2018)

Representatives the delegation of Georgia, SUNY/CID staff and GLC staff (March 2018)

"For the past 30 years, SUNY/CID has implemented long-term programs in developing countries across five continents. It is a unique opportunity to host international government delegations here in Albany to exchange experiences and new ideas to bolster democratic governance. We are thankful to the ICCR for helping us take part in these interactions," said Gina Volynsky, Director of SUNY Center for International Development (SUNY/CID).

SUNY/CID and The Government Law Center at Albany Law School (GLC) hosted a delegation of staff members from the Parliament of Georgia in a rare chance to share ideas on strengthening parliaments around the world. The meeting was arranged by the International Center of the Capital Region (ICCR) that works to foster local and international cultural exchanges, education, and understanding. Participating in events like these complement SUNY/CID’s central goal of supporting democratic institutions through integrated development.

This meeting gave the contributors the chance to talk about SUNY/CID’s experience in enhancing the knowledge and practice of governance and policy through technical assistance and research. Associates Paul Gumpper and Heather Senecal presented the center’s work in Kenya through the USAID and DIFD-funded AHADI project, which is improving service delivery, inter-governmental relations, and citizen representation and oversight through devolution. Lisa Petter, Senior Associate overseeing the DFID/ UKAID and Open Society Foundation-funded Support for Public Financial Reforms in Tajikistan project, spoke about the center’s efforts to increase the transparency of local budgets and strengthen citizen involvement in the budget process by raising the capacity of citizens and CSOs to participate.

Representatives the delegation of Georgia, SUNY/CID staff and ICCR staff (March 2018)

Representatives the delegation of Georgia, SUNY/CID staff and ICCR staff (March 2018)

The Georgian delegation included the Advisor to the Chairman of the Parliament on Legal Issues, the Chief of Staff of the First Vice-Speaker, the Chief Specialist of the Parliament’s Public Relations and Information Department, a Secretary of the Parliament of Georgia International Relations Department, and staff from the Parliamentary Minority and Temporary Commission on Territorial Integrity. They discussed their goal of increasing budget transparency, strengthening citizens’ rights, and generally improving how Georgia was perceived around the world. In addition to meeting with SUNY/CID, the delegation also met with New York State Committee on Open Government, New York State Office for New Americans, Albany County Board of Elections, and Albany City Mayor Kathy Sheehan, among others.

SUNY/CID hosts international delegations through the ICCR several times a year. We also organize study tours for foreign legislatures to meet with their counterparts around the world most recently in Washington, D.C.; Albany, NY; Berlin, Germany; Maputo, Mozambique; and Kampala, Uganda. SUNY/CID has been enhancing the knowledge and practice of governance for more than three decades. The center operates across five continents and has implemented over $300 million in projects. SUNY/CID is a part of the State University of New York system and is affiliated with the University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

Posted May 22, 2018