Commonwealth Parliamentary Association launch new online professional development programmes for parliamentary staff with leading Commonwealth universities at 64th CPC  

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched new online professional development programmes for parliamentary staff that have been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with the School of Continuing Studies at McGill University, Canada and the International School for Government at King’s College, London.

The CPA launched the new online programmes at a reception for Parliamentary Clerks and officials in the margins of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Kampala, Uganda. Ms Meenakshi Dhar on behalf of the CPA Headquarters Secretariat said: “The launch of the new online professional development programmes for parliamentary staff in the margins of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will further develop the aims of the CPA in advancing parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. We are especially honoured to be working alongside two prestigious Commonwealth universities to provide these online programmes for parliamentary staff within the CPA network.”

The new online programmes will introduce parliamentary staff to the different functions that officials are required to perform and will benefit from the exchange of ideas between participants from different Legislatures across the wider CPA network. Participants will be enabled to appreciate the theoretical issues encountered and apply them in a way that improves their effectiveness. These programmes will also consider, from the perspective of parliamentary officials, how the institution of Parliament can best support Members in performing their representative roles.

The CPA has been working with the School of Continuing Studies at McGill University, Canada on a number of seminars and programmes for both Members and parliamentary staff for many years and these new online programmes will also be developed with new partner, the International School for Government at King’s College, London.

A CPA presentation about the new online programmes was given at the 55th Meeting of the Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) which also took place in the margins of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Kampala, Uganda where delegates heard from Rick Stapenhurst, Assistant Professor and Director, Parliamentary Programmes from McGill University and Hon. Alexander Downer, AC, Executive Chair of the International School for Government at King’s College, London
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Further information about both online programmes will be circulated to all CPA Branches immediately following the 64th CPC in Uganda, with both online programmes scheduled to start in January 2020. For further information please email hq.sec@cpahq.org

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Updated 28 September 2019.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. 
 
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