Considering the youth bulge in Pakistan, and the need to sensitize and involve the youth in parliamentary processes, SUBAI launched the first ever Young Parliamentary Associates (YPA) Programme for the four Provincial and two Legislative Assemblies of Pakistan. The YPA programme officially commenced in July 2017.
Through a full open and merit based recruitment process undertaken in partnership with the Assemblies and PIPS the programme recruits, trains, and deploys young professionals with a range of academic backgrounds to work within different Committees, wings and branches of the Provincial and Legislative Assemblies. The Programme recruited the first batch of fifty young graduates in spring 2017 and deployed them in the summer of 2017.
The YPAs undertake a range of interesting tasks in support of the Assemblies including research; legislative analysis; reviewing the Rules of Procedure; overhauling Assembly websites; developing report templates; and supporting the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and the Public Accounts Committees.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the YPAs have provided support in the drafting of the Zero Hour amendment, by conducting a comparative assessment of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Rules of Procedures and have facilitated research reports on international commitments and treaties by Pakistan. These tasks would not have been possible without the support of the YPAs deployed in each of the Assemblies.
SUBAI will mobilize two Cohorts of YPAs for placements of 15 months each. This enables the YPAs to gain in-depth knowledge and experience of the workings of the Assembly. The Assemblies benefit from a group of well trained, highly motivated and experienced young graduates to support their important work.