Embracing Digitisation: A Case Study of the National Assembly of Suriname
About the National Assembly of Suriname. Written on September, 2021
In an era where digital technology shapes the very fabric of society, institutions of governance are not exempt from its influence. The National Assembly of Suriname stands as a testament to this reality, having recently undergone a significant digital transformation. The Assembly's adaptation to digital tools and platforms has opened new channels of communication and participation for the citizens, particularly the youth, contributing to a stronger, more open and transparent Parliament.
The Need for Transformation
The first aspect of this transformation worth noting is its necessity. In Suriname, as in many countries, the public perception of Parliament has traditionally been less than favourable. A perception of being distant or detached from the realities of the populace, particularly the youth, was prevalent. This necessitated a focused effort to rebuild public trust by bridging the gap between the assembly and the public.
Digital transformation stood out as an effective strategy to address this. By leveraging technology to disseminate information, the assembly could provide easily accessible information tailored to the needs and interests of the youth. The creation of a dedicated youth section on the Assembly's website is one such example. The initiative was coupled with outreach programmes where students were invited to the Assembly and informed about its workings, history, and potential future trajectory.