The Academy

Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

Nominations open for the 2022 Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year Awards
Nominate a Parliamentarian

65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The CPA annual conference will take place from 20 to 26 August 2022 in Halifax, Canada.
Find out more

Marking the Platinum Jubilee of the CPA Patron

The CPA delves into its archives to reveal how the Association marked the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Find out more

The CPA Parliamentary Academy

A Centre of Excellence for Commonwealth Parliamentarians - register for the CPA's new learning and development programmes.
Register for the Academy

CPA's 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures

Click here to find details of the CPA's membership and individual CPA Branches.
Where We Work
About Us

About Us

Learn more about the people in our organisation, how we're governed and our history
What We Do

What We Do

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

Where We Work

Find out more about the CPA's Regions and Branches
Get Involved and Vacancies

Get Involved and Vacancies

Find out more about how you can get involved in our work

Latest News

52nd CPA Africa Regional Conference in Sierra Leone
News

52nd CPA Africa Regional Conference in Sierra Leone

Commonwealth Parliamentarians meet in Sierra Leone to discuss building an inclusive society at the 52nd CPA Africa Regional Conference

Commonwealth MPs attend first CPA Parliamentary Academy Residency programme
News

Commonwealth MPs attend first CPA Parliamentary Academy Residency programme

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association hosts its first CPA Parliamentary Academy residency programme in New South Wales

CPA Secretary-General visits Australia to discuss professional development support for MPs
News

CPA Secretary-General visits Australia to discuss professional development support for MPs

The CPA Secretary-General has visited three CPA Branches in the CPA Australia Region to discuss parliamentary strengthening and support for Members and parliamentary staff.

Guyanese Parliamentarians gather expertise from across the Commonwealth at CPA seminar
News

Guyanese Parliamentarians gather expertise from across the Commonwealth at CPA seminar

Members of the Parliament of Guyana have taken part in a professional development seminar delivered by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) from 10 to 11 May 2022.

African Speakers of Parliament meet in Nigeria to discuss enhancing post-COVID economic recovery
News

African Speakers of Parliament meet in Nigeria to discuss enhancing post-COVID economic recovery

The first Conference of Speakers and Heads of African Parliaments (CoSAP) was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 9 to 10 May 2022 on the theme of ‘Enhancing Africa’s Post-COVID economic recovery through parliamentary leadership’.

Western Cape Parliament delegation meet with CPA Secretary-General during visit to the UK
News

Western Cape Parliament delegation meet with CPA Secretary-General during visit to the UK

The Western Cape delegation were visiting the UK Parliament on a parliamentary exchange mission that also included meeting with Members of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Senedd in Edinburgh and Cardiff respectively.

CPA News

CPA News

Read the latest news about the CPA and its activities
Events

Events

Find out about upcoming events from the CPA

Events

New Academy Courses

New Academy Courses

Online
Small Parliaments Climate Workshop

Small Parliaments Climate Workshop

New York, USA
58th CPA Canada Regional Conference

58th CPA Canada Regional Conference

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
CPA Post-Election Seminar: National Assembly of Zambia

CPA Post-Election Seminar: National Assembly of Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia
65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Halifax, Canada

The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

Latest Issue:

The Parliamentarian 2022: Issue One: Reflecting on two years of the COVID-19 pandemic:

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.

To read this issue on ISSUU, our online reading platform, click here ->

CPA Small Branches

Established in 1981, the network represents Commonwealth jurisdictions with populations under 500,000 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"

Learn more

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. 

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

Our latest resources

Parliamentary Workplace Equality & Diversity Networks: Case Studies from the Commonwealth

This case study compilation introduces Workplace Equality & Diversity Networks (WEDNs) and provides examples of their use in Commonwealth Parliaments.

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.