Head of Hansard Ellen Callister has returned from representing Tynwald at a Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) academic roundtable.
An initiative of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) with which Tynwald enjoys a close working relationship, CP4D works to advance inclusive and accountable societies across the Commonwealth.
The two-day event brought together parliamentarians, practitioners and academics from across the Commonwealth to meet in London and examine the theme: ‘Inclusive Innovations across Parliaments of the Commonwealth’. Delegates looked at examples of parliamentary innovations that sought to improve the quality of parliamentary processes by making them more inclusive and discussed how best to develop practices and processes to strengthen democratic legitimacy.
The roundtable provided an opportunity to Mrs Callister to deliver her own experience of a case study on participatory innovation, ‘Collaborative training in Hansard reporting’, which outlined Tynwald’s capacity-building training programmes developed in association with the WFD in 2016 and 2017 to support the Parliament of Sierra Leone and the Parliament of The Gambia in the production of timely and accurate Hansard reports.
Mrs Callister said: ‘It was a real honour to represent Tynwald at this roundtable event and to discuss innovative ideas with such an interesting cross-section of parliamentary members and practitioners from around the Commonwealth. The inclusion of our Hansard joint project in Sierra Leone and The Gambia as a WFD case study for consideration by the group was a great opportunity to put the Isle of Man on the map and have our work recognised by a wider audience.’
Mrs Callister’s travel and accommodation expenses were met by the WFD.