Project background and goals

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Since 2006, the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments (PNSD) has been involved in long-term partnerships between the Austrian Parliament and a parliament in Southern Africa. After 10 years of collaboration with the Assembleia da República de Moçambique (2006-2016) and the Portuguese Parliament (2012-2016), a new cooperation with the National Assembly of Zambia has begun in January 2017.

The PNSD has been funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) since the beginning. ADC focuses on supporting national parliaments in their functions as supervisory and control bodies and as democratic institutions, which should be transparent, representative, accessible, effective and accountable. Support for democratic governance and parliamentary reforms as a political framework for poverty-oriented development is a major concern for ADC.

The NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments sees itself as contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in particular the SGD 4 (inclusive, equal and high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all). The parliamentary partnerships make it possible to establish a new forms of cooperation on par with Europe and the neighboring continent of Africa.

In addition to the 2030 Agenda, the EU Consensus on Development under the title "Our World, our Dignity, our Future", signed in June 2017, is also an important reference framework.