Providing parliamentary aid to new and developing nations
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) provides technical assistance to the national Parliaments of new and developing countries by mobilizing international support and funding for specific projects. These include expert advice on the structure and working methods of legislative assemblies, the provision of technical equipment and other material resources, and the organization of staff training courses. Recently, IPU technical experts have been sent to: assess the needs of the parliamentary documentation services and develop an assistance project in Tanzania; assist in the newly elected Cambodian Constituent Assembly and draw up a project for longer-term assistance to its successor National Assembly; improve the working methods and develop an assistance project in Viet Nam; assess the Parliament's needs in staff training and electronic equipment.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.