Project to support the parliamentary administration
Since the end of 2017, the Swiss Parliamentary Services (SPS) have supported their counterparts in the Mongolian parliamentary administration. This support has been provided as part of a four-year (2017-2020) SDC-led parliamentary strengthening project run in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The SPS continue to be involved in projects to strengthen the Mongolian parliament as part of the SDC’s 2021–2024 international cooperation strategy. Switzerland will end its bilateral cooperation in Mongolia in 2024 after 20 years.
In November 2017, the Mongolian parliamentary administration expressed an interest in working with the SPS in the field of evaluation in order to benefit from the expertise of the Parliamentary Control of the Administration (
PCA ). This led the Mongolian Parliament to adopt legislation requiring its parliamentary services to establish an evaluation competence.
From April 2018 to the end of 2019, PCA staff supported their Mongolian counterparts in evaluating Mongolia’s land allocation law. They contributed their expertise for each stage of the evaluation (definition of the issues to investigate, data collection and analysis, preparation of the report). The support work was mainly carried out remotely through email exchanges and video conferences, as well as through three missions in Mongolia and two study visits in Switzerland.
This resulted in the first evaluation, which was conducted in the Mongolian Parliament in accordance with international standards. In addition, knowledge management principles were developed for the staff of the parliamentary administration for future evaluations. These should help to support and strengthen the parliamentary oversight role of the Mongolian Parliament.
In 2021, the SPS offered remote workshops on different areas of parliamentary technical cooperation to the staff of the Mongolian parliament.
Mission in Ulaanbaatar to exchange views on the Swiss Parliament’s exercise of legislative and supervision functions (November 2017)
Mission of Swiss Parliament’s Parliamentary Control of the Administration (PCA) at the secretariat of the Mongolian Parliament responsible for evaluations (June 2018)
Visit to Bern of the Mongolian Parliament’s evaluations working group (October 2018)
Mission of Swiss Parliament’s Parliamentary Control of the Administration (PCA) at the secretariat of the Mongolian Parliament responsible for evaluations (April 2019)