CPA collaborates with World Bank on new book exploring Benchmarking and Self-Assessment for Parliaments

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has continued its long collaboration with the World Bank Group to contribute to a new book exploring Benchmarking and Self-Assessment for Parliaments. The new book explores the work of the World Bank and other organisations, including the CPA, in developing a standards-based approach to the assessment of parliamentary effectiveness and performance involving benchmarks and assessment frameworks.

The World Bank has worked with a number of organisations including the CPA to development these frameworks, stewarding a global multi-stakeholder process aimed at enhancing consensus around parliamentary benchmarks and indicators with international organisations and parliaments across the world.

The Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan on behalf of the CPA has contributed a chapter to this book outlining the important role that the CPA has played in the development of democratic benchmarks for Parliaments. The CPA has worked with the World Bank over a number of years to develop the Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures (published by the CPA in 2006). Since then, the benchmarks have been used extensively by Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth Parliaments. The development of Regional Benchmarks by the CPA has continued this work as well as the development of assessment templates for the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region; and for the Asia, India and South-East Asia Regions.

In addition, the CPA has developed a set of standards for the conduct of individual Members of Parliament which have been published as the Recommended Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct applying to Members of Parliament (published by the CPA in 2015/16).
 
The new publication: Benchmarking and Self-Assessment for Parliaments is by authors: Mitchell O'Brien, Rick Stapenhurst, and Lisa von Trapp (published in 2016 by World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO).

To download a copy of the new book Benchmarking and Self-Assessment for Parliaments please click here.

To download a copy of the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures please click here.

To download a copy of the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct applying to Members of Parliament please click here.

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. 
 
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