Interview with an MP

Interview with Pauline NDOUMOU, MP, Quaestor of the National Assembly of Cameroon


Q: How is the Parliamentary Network relevant and important to you and your colleagues internationally?  

A: Its relevance lies in mixing the parliamentarians from different regions of the world, which results in exchange of experiences and ideas via the large-scale meetings organized by the Parliamentary Network.


Q: In what ways can the Parliamentary Network positively impact the development debate in the coming two years?

A: It can contribute to the capacity building of parliamentarians and their deeper involvement in development strategies in their respective countries.


Q: When did you begin to engage with the Parliamentary Network and what were the reasons to become a Member of the Network?  

A: In 2014, I created a local branch of the Parliamentary Network at the National Assembly of Cameroon. Its principal goal was to break through the information asymmetry that still exists between parliaments and the Bretton Woods institutions.  


Q: Do you have any thematic interests that you would like to concentrate on as a Member? How would you like to see your interests addressed within the Parliamentary Network? 

A: My main focus is the modalities of establishing a real strategy to improve life conditions of our populations. 


Q: Do your constituents see the effects of international development cooperation? If yes, how? 

A: Yes and no. 

Yes, for the certain parts of the territory where the international cooperation projects are being implemented; no, because my own constituency has not yet been covered by these projects. 


Q: How do you like to spend your free time? 

A: Helping vulnerable communities.

Founded in 2000, the Parliamentary Network is an independent, non-governmental organization that provides a platform for Parliamentarians from over 140 countries to advocate for increased accountability and transparency in development cooperation. The Rt Hon. Liam Byrne is the current Chair of the Parliamentary Network.


The Network – via its international secretariat, regional chapters and country chapters – reaches over 1000 Parliamentarians in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It strives to increase transparency and accountability in the development cooperation process by fostering the oversight role of parliaments and civil society. The Network has a specific focus on multilateral aid and a sub-focus on the work and modus operandi of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world’s largest multilateral funders.


It provides a platform for MPs and civil society to hold to account their own governments, as well as International Financial Institutions (IFIs), for development outcomes.

Membership is free of charge and open to elected parliamentarians who currently hold a mandate. As a member, you will receive The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s policy materials, including the quarterly Network Review publication and the Parliamentarians and Development series.

You will also be eligible to attend the Annual Conference and participate in discussions with senior World Bank and IMF leadership. You can also be invited to take part in the Parliamentarians in the Field country visit programme.
In addition, the The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund often invites partner organizations to join its activities.