The roundtable discussion meeting of DREAM IT’s subproject entitled “Engaging citizen e-participation in the Parliamentary legislative process” supported by the Canadian IDRC (www.idrc.ca) was held on March 29, 2012 in Parliament House in Mongolia. It was organized by the DREAM IT research Project, supported by the Canadian IDRC and Secretariat of Parliament of Mongolia.
Almost 40 people attended the roundtable discussion meeting among them Mr. E.Munk-Ochir, Member of Parliament of Mongolia, Head of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, R. Burmaa, Voter education center leader, B.Oyunbileg, World Bank and other representatives of Civil society of Mongolia. 10 media agencies attended the roundtable discussion sessions.
The Mongolian Parliament opened its website in 1998. The website www.parliament.mn contained a range of information on the Parliament activities, such as sessions’ full notes of the Parliament, laws, law bills, archives, galleries, information of Parliament members, plan of sessions and discussion on them, etc. Mainly citizens, businesses, government and non-government organizations, donor and international organizations had been used information and resources from the website. The Parliament’s promotion centers were established in 20 aimag (administrative unit in Mongolia) centers and 7 districts of Ulaanbaatar to serve as access points for citizens to information and resources of the Parliament. The Parliament website had been transferring one-way flow of communication, i.e. from Parliament to users, and had not been making use of new website technologies to improve communication flows.
This research project, entitled “Engaging Citizen E-participation in Parliamentary Legislative Processes” had been implemented for one and half year in 2009-2010 by the Secretariat of the Parliament of Mongolia under the supervision of the DREAM IT project, which is supported by the International Development Research Center, Canada.
The objective of this project was to understand what factors motivate or inhibit users and non-users from using the Parliament website and study the accessibility of the Parliament website to citizens of Mongolia regardless of gender, age, education, geography or socio-economic status, in particular, those who live in rural parts of Mongolia and specifically those of underserved communities.
Do participate in the Parliamentary legislative process through www.parliament.mn Today!