Activity Flowchart

The over-arching mission is to make MPs aware of their responsibilities and try to ensure their accountability to the electorate. The platform lets users  find out who their representative in their area is and all about the MPs themselves including their publicly filed statement of wealth. They have the option of contacting them via different contact numbers and social media accounts listed on the website. Moreover, if they fail to contact them through these means, they can also pose questions to MPs directly through the platform. Users will have to register to the website (they can also register with their Facebook ID) before they can contact an MP. This will prevent trolling, and any abuse will be filtered by  the Amar MP website before reaching the MPs.

Series of workshops (50 workshops including at least 30 participants in each approx.) will be planned and developed in different regions to reach out to more isolated groups of people such as women, people living in rural and remote areas, students/young people. As well as raising awareness about the project these workshops will use participatory techniques to understand some of the challenges people face in accessing their representatives and explore how the project can help to overcome these challenges.

Information on MPs including biography, wealth disclosure, and activities in constituency as well as political history will be collated, verified and published on AmarMP.com website. Registered constituents will be able to find their MP as well as other MPs on the website using the search tools by entering the MP’s name or specific ward, districts, Upozilla or using the interactive map.

Once they have located the MP the constituent will then have the option to ask their question directly to the MP via email, facebook, twitter, letter or phone call. Alternatively they can ask their question via AmarMP.com.

The questions processed via AmarMP.com are divided into two main categories Private Question or Public Question. Editorial Team at AmarMP.com will review the question and assess whether it qualifies as a valid question. Any question that is judged disqualified at this stage will not go any further. All approved questions will be processed either as a private question in which case the question is sent to the MP privately and the Ambassador will follow up with MP for a response which is also sent to the constituent privately. The questions that are categorised as public question will be published on AmarMP.com and the response is also published on the website. Responses to public questions can come via video message, audio message, email or letter.

All responses from MPs will be acknowledged and recorded through Public Relations to promote and encourage participation. In the case of private questions the context will not disclosed.

Public Relations (PR) team will work with media channels and published media to promote the project, recognise the active engagement of MPs and citizens to encourage wider participation. Identifying and building relationships with key journalists will be one of the key functions of the PR team.

Editorial philosophy and mission is to create an authentic and transparent mechanism that helps to build trust and confidence in democratic processes. As a non-profit making and non-partisan organisation AmarMP will ensure the project is built on accurate and up to date information that is reliable and thoroughly verified. Information published on AmarMP.com will regularly be reviewed and updated.

Building a strong and robust executive team is critical for the development of the project. The organogram attached illustrates the roles and functions of individual members in ensuring the objectives are being met. As well as designing an evaluation framework the executive team will be responsible for monitoring, reviewing, managing changes and risks, the budget and implementation of the project whilst holding different teams to account.

Throughout the life of the project these methods of dissemination and engagement will be utilised:

  • Community Events, Newsletters, Radio/TV and social media.
  • Presentation to Community Groups and activists (including urban/rural and different gender and minority groups).
  • AmarMP.com website will publish blogs and case studies to experiences as well as challenges.
  • Roundtable Seminars – Their purpose would be to bring parliamentarians and other key stakeholders such as NGOs together and raise profile of project and encourage full participation of all MPs.  If funded, we will also co-deliver one roundtable seminar at the end of the every year of the project to share findings and experiences; attendees will include parliamentarians, political activists, electorates who have participated in the programme, funders and commissioners.
  • Continuously explore opportunities to form and develop new partnerships to sustain growth and also to roll this initiative out to different nations in other parts of the world where there is an obvious democratic deficit.
  • Sharing the evidence gathered and project findings will form the basis for further work, future developments and also new partnerships both in Bangladesh.

 

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