Creating ATOM (Accessible, Transparent, Open and Modern) Parliaments

Contract partner: VIDC - Wiener Institut für internationalen Dialog und ZusammenarbeitCountry: Sambia Funding amount: € 516.688,00Project start: 01.01.2017End: 29.02.2020

Short Description:

Overall goal

The National Assembly of Zambia and the Austrian Parliament introduce new measures to become Accessible, Transparent, Open and Modern (ATOM). Thereby, the project aims to contribute to the implementation of SDG 16, namely the establishment of effective, accountable and transparent institutions that allow responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision–making.

Expected results

(1) New Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategic Plan supporting efficient workflow and processes of communication, public participation and legislation at the National Assembly of Zambia (NAZ) is defined.

(2) A revised educational programme offered by NAZ to support school youth’ understanding of democracy and the work of a Parliament is elaborated.

(3) Parliamentary oversight of the implementation of the SDGs in Austria and Zambia is strengthened.

(4) Awareness for SDG related topics and policy coherence for sustainable development at the Austrian Parliament is raised – the Parliament serves as discussion platform for all stakeholders.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The direct target group are the Members of the Zambian and Austrian Parliament (402 persons ) as well as Staff Members of the Austrian and Zambian Parliament - with focus on the Public Relations and Communications and IT Department (30 persons).


(1) The main activities to reach Output 1 are workshops and peer to peer meetings to draft an ICT strategic plan.

(2) The main activities to reach Output 2 are working visits, trainings, elaboration of new tools.

(3) The main activities to reach Output 3 are facilitation of the Joint Parliamentary Peer Group and INDABAS (INDABA describes in Zulu or Xhosa an important meeting or a large gathering).

(4) The main activities to reach Output 4 are events on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development, SDG and development policy issues as well as the production of information materials such as Newsletters.


After 10 years of North-South Dialogue between the Austrian and the Mozambican Parliament, this new phase aims at establishing a partnership with a new parliament, namely the National Assembly of Zambia. This project contains an agreement that in accordance with the results and recommendations of the end-term evaluation (covering 10 years) which will be available in end February 2017, the project document and Logframe will until July 2017 be scrutinized and adjusted where necessary and presented to ADA for approval. The Federal Government of Upper Austria contributes with 85.000 EUR.

project number2411-00/2016
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.