A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) two-member delegation from UNDP Brussels paid a courtesy call on the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mrs Cecilia N Mbewe on 11th December, 2020. The team was led by Mr Gianpiero Catozzi (Senior Electoral Advisor and Mission Leader) and accompanied by Ms Sare Knoope (Programme Analyst) both from Brussels, Mr Joram Rukambe (Senior Electoral Advisor and Project Manager) and Mr Scott Tembo (Monitoring and Evaluation, Knowledge Management Officer)  from UNDP Zambia. They are part of a Joint European Commission/ UNDP Task Force on Electoral Assistance which is leading the Democracy Strengthening in Zambia (DSZ) project work on Early Warning and Disinformation.

The Democracy Strengthening in Zambia project aims at strengthening Zambia’s democracy through an electoral process premised on transparency, accountability, inclusion, integrity and peace. The project is structured around two key results areas: Electoral institutions and processes strengthening; and, Programming for peace. 
The delegation met the Clerk who was accompanied by Mr S Kawimbe (Principal Clerk PIR Department), Mr M Mukuka (Principal Clerk ICT Department), Ms C Musonda (Principal Clerk Committees Department), Mr B Bwalya (Executive Assistant to the Clerk), Ms B Kalaba (Deputy Principla Clerk PRP/Administration), Mr O Katungu (Senior Programme Officer) and Mr R Phiri (Programme Officer).
The Clerk welcomed the delegation and spoke about how the UNDP had been in partnership with the National Assembly from the time Parliament started reforms to align itself with the needs of a new multiparty dispensation. The Clerk noted that “the support from UNDP contributed to the enhancement of the capacity of the National Assembly in performing its Legislative, Representative, Oversight, and Budget Approval functions.” The Clerk also noted that the Democracy Strengthening in Zambia (DSZ) Project would build on the foundation laid through the previous support and contribute towards the strategic objectives of strengthening the performance of legislative and oversight functions of the National Assembly.
The UNDP delegation shared their experiences from other countries concerning support to other parliaments with focus on ICT. They further interacted with the head of ICT on how best the UNDP can work with the National Assembly in the area of ICT.