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Nominations now open! 2024 Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

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Blog Series: 20 Years of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles

What is the impact of the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary on democracy today?
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What is synthetic disinformation and how does it threaten democracies?

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Professional Development: The CPA Parliamentary Academy

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Directory: Our Branches

The CPA is made up of 180 Parliaments and Legislatures across the Commonwealth. Browse our directory to find out more about each CPA Branch.
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Latest News

CPA Secretary-General discusses the future of democracy and governance with Commonwealth students in London
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CPA Secretary-General discusses the future of democracy and governance with Commonwealth students in London

The CPA co-hosted a colloquium on the theme of representative democracy for postgraduate students at Goodenough College in London.

Parliament of Kiribati undertakes CPA Democratic Benchmarks assessment to focus on parliamentary strengthening
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Parliament of Kiribati undertakes CPA Democratic Benchmarks assessment to focus on parliamentary strengthening

A CPA delegation from CPA Australia Region visited Kiribati from 19 to 22 February 2024 to support the Parliament's self-assessment against the CPA Benchmarks.

Parliament of Maldives undertakes CPA Benchmarks self-assessment to focus on parliamentary strengthening and reform
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Parliament of Maldives undertakes CPA Benchmarks self-assessment to focus on parliamentary strengthening and reform

A CPA delegation visited the Parliament from 12 to 16 February 2024 to support the self-assessment process.

Commonwealth Speakers meet at 27th CSPOC in Kampala
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Commonwealth Speakers meet at 27th CSPOC in Kampala

Speakers meet in Uganda for the 27th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth

A 2024 New Year's message from the CPA Secretary-General
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A 2024 New Year's message from the CPA Secretary-General

Stephen Twigg looks at the year ahead for the CPA and the Commonwealth

CPA joins events to mark 20 years of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles
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CPA joins events to mark 20 years of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles

The Principles highlight the importance of the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy.

What We Do

What We Do

Find out more about our projects, programmes, outputs and activities
Where We Work

Where We Work

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Calendar of Activities

Calendar of Activities

See what events are coming up in the CPA calendar
Knowledge Centre

Knowledge Centre

Discover CPA resources from our library, blog, podcast and research service
Blogs

Blogs

Find policy case studies, resource collections, interviews and personal reflections from Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff across the Commonwealth
Get Involved and Vacancies

Get Involved and Vacancies

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The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

Latest Issue:

The Parliamentarian: 2023 Issue Four: Separation of powers: 20 years of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles:

The Parliamentarian is the quarterly Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments published by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and features articles, news and legislative reports written by Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff and international experts across the Commonwealth about a wide range of global issues.

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CPA Small Branches

Established in 1981, the network represents Commonwealth jurisdictions with populations under 1,000,000 and operates within the framework of the CPA. The CPA Small Branches network seeks to "empower small parliaments to overcome national and global challenges through cooperation, advocacy and the strengthening of parliamentary democracy and good governance"

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was founded in 1989 to increase the number of female elected representatives in Parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth and to ensure that women’s issues are brought to the fore in parliamentary debate and legislation.The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles; improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions. 

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD)

Recognising the need to increase representation of persons with disabilities in political institutions, the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network has been established to facilitate activities and programmes to champion and increase representation of persons with disabilities in Commonwealth parliaments and to work towards the mainstreaming of disability considerations in all CPA activities and programmes.

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Youth Engagement

Young people are of great importance to the future of the world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Commonwealth where they form approximately 30% of the population - a demographic of over one billion people. As such, the CPA believes passionately in engaging with young people to ensure they are effective future leaders.

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Our latest resources

Front cover of the Parliamentary Handbook on Disinformation, AI and Synthetic Media
Parliamentary Handbook on Disinformation, AI and Synthetic Media

This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of disinformation, including its different forms and the various techniques used to spread it. It also covers the basics of AI and synthetic media, including their potential applications and implications for democracy, within and beyond the electoral cycle.

Handbook for Parliaments in Election Planning

This new CPA Handbook for Parliaments in Election Planning is designed to assist Legislatures in planning for an election and the influx of Members of Parliament that follows with examples of best practice from across the Commonwealth.

CWP Gender-Sensitising Parliaments: A Seven-Step Field Guide

This Field Guide complements the 'CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines', providing a blueprint for Parliaments interested in undertaking a gender sensitive review and making their institution more inclusive and representative.

Mental Health Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments

This toolkit provides guidance, advice and education on how to protect and promote the mental health and well-being of Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

Engagement, Education and Outreach Handbook for Commonwealth Parliaments

This Handbook provides guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to increase public engagement and outreach, to ensure the public get a greater say in how they are governed.