Parliamentary staff training programme in Kenya builds skills for Commonwealth Parliaments 

Parliamentary staff from 15 Commonwealth Parliaments have undertaken a staff development programme at the Enashipai Resort in Naivasha, Nakuru County (100km from Nairobi), Kenya which has been organised by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) and the Parliament of Kenya. 

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, Rt Hon. Justin Muturi, MP opened the seminar and described the training as an empowering tool for staff who play a crucial role in Parliament. He said: “This training will help improve the skills and knowledge of the senior staff and will help the National Assembly play its role better.”

Founded by the World Bank and McGill University in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and other international partners, this intensive professional development programme build skills for the Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management and the programme includes a one-week residency seminar followed by expert-moderated online courses and one-on-one professional mentoring. The course covers a diverse range of topics including: government accountability; parliamentary research; corporate management of Parliament; and e-learning. Keynote speakers at the seminar included the Clerk of the National Assembly of Kenya, Mr Michael Sialai; Professor Nyokabi Kamau, the Executive Director of CPST and Professor Rick Stapenhurst from McGill University, Canada.

The following CPA Branches were represented at the training (funded through the CPA Headquarters Secretariat: Australia; Fiji; Gujarat; Jersey; New Zealand; Northern Ireland; Pakistan; Kwazulu-Natal; Mpumalanga; North West Province (South Africa); Trinidad and Tobago; and Zambia. In addition, three further Branches attended the programme (not-CPA funded): Tanzania, Kenya and Guyana.

The training seminar for parliamentary staff in Kenya follows on from the CPA Post-Election Seminar for the National Assembly of Kenya held in Mombasa recently. 


Updated: Wednesday 21 March 2018.

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Notes to Editors

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 107th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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