CPA Small Branches: Empowering small parliaments to tackle big challenges.

The CPA Small Branches network represents the smallest jurisdictions in all regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to identify their particular needs and requirements in parliamentary strengthening, development and cooperation. The CPA has a long history of working with its Small Branches and since 1981, the CPA has held an annual CPA Small Branches Conference for Parliamentarians from some of the world’s smallest Parliaments and Legislatures to discuss their unique challenges. 

Our Mission: To empower small Parliaments to overcome national and global challenges through cooperation, advocacy and the strengthening of parliamentary democracy and good governance.


Above: Members of the CPA Small Branches network at the 37th CPA Small Branches Conference held in Kampala, Uganda in September 2019.

The CPA Small Branches members discuss political problems and the operation of democratic systems in some of the world’s smallest jurisdictions. The CPA Small Branches network uniquely brings together small national and sub-national jurisdictions across the Commonwealth. 

For a full list of the CPA Small Branches please click here.

The annual conference of the CPA Small Branches is held in conjunction with the main CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference each year.

The CPA membership first elected a Chairperson of the Small Branches in 2016. The CPA Small Branches Chairperson represents the CPA Small Branches on the CPA Executive Committee. Please click here for more information about the current CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon Niki Rattle, Speaker of the Parliament of the Cook Islands.

For news of recent CPA Small Branches activities please click here and to access recent CPA Small Branches toolkits and resources please click here.

The work of the CPA Small Branches is guided by the CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan 2021-2023 and it focuses on three thematic priorities: 
  • Climate Change and Environmental Governance
  • Connectivity, Technology and Innovation
  • Human Rights

To view the CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan please click here or click on the link below:

If you are interested in the work of the CPA Small Branches network then please contact the CPA Headquarters Secretariat for more information at

Updated January 2021/CPAHQ.