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At the heart of the CPA is our belief in knowledge sharing. Since 1911, we have been conducting research and publishing resources to support our Members.

Our publications, ranging from toolkits and handbooks to guidelines and programme reports, are designed to support the work of Parliamentarians, parliamentary officials and experts in the parliamentary strengthening field. 

You can browse and download our latest publications below, or access them on our online document platform.

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Toolkits, Guidelines and Handbooks

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.

Members Remuneration Report 2020-2021

This CPA report outlines comparative information on the salaries, benefits and allowances of Members of Parliament throughout the Commonwealth in 2020-2021 and provides an update on previous reports completed in 2004-2005 and 2000-2001.

CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines: Standards and a Checklist for Parliamentary Change

These guidelines have been created to help Commonwealth Parliaments to become gender sensitive institutions, providing legislatures with an outline of gender sensitising standards that they can look to achieve. 

CWP Anti-Harassment Policy Guidelines: A Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments

The CWP Anti-Harassment Policy Guidelines support Parliaments across the Commonwealth in the effort to both address and remove all traces of harassment across parliamentary workplaces.

CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines - Facilities of Inclusion

The CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines provide guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to enhance and sensitize their communications with persons with disabilities.

CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines - Linguistic Principles

The CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines provide guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to enhance and sensitize their communications with persons with disabilities.

Climate Change and Small States: Parliamentary Toolkit

The Toolkit seeks to support parliamentarians from small states and jurisdictions to increase their understanding of Climate Change and how best to ensure adaptation and mitigation strategies are in place domestically and internationally. 

COVID-19: Delivering Parliamentary Democracy

This toolkit provides various measures and recommendations that can be adopted by both Parliaments and Parliamentarians in order to continue to deliver on the Legislatures’ role of scrutinising legislation and delivering democracy during a global pandemic.

Model Law for Independent Parliaments

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has developed a Model Law for Independent Parliaments to help empower Parliaments to take control away from the Executive to ensure it has the administrative, operational and financial resources it needs to function effectively.

CPA Small Branches Handbook on Lay Members of Parliament

This Handbook serves as an information resource on the adoption of lay members into small states and territories' parliamentary systems.

International Humanitarian Law Handbook

The Handbook has been developed in partnership with the British Red Cross to support Parliamentarians in promoting International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and ensuring its effective implementation. 

Commonwealth Day Youth Engagement Handbook

This Commonwealth Day Youth Engagement Handbook serves as a toolkit on how the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s branches can use Commonwealth Day as a means of public outreach and engagement for young people.

Top Ten Tips for New Parliamentarians

Read the essential tips that all newly elected or appointed parliamentarians should become familiar with. 

The Commonwealth

CPA Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures

Building on the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures provide a framework for excellence in Commonwealth parliamentary and legislative practice.

Field Guide: CPA Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures

The Field Guide is a useful resource to support legislatures to conduct their own internal self-assessment against the CPA Recommended Benchmarks. 

Recommended Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct applying to Members of Parliament

The Benchmarks set out best practice in designing an effective set of codes of conduct for Members of Parliament to uphold.

Commonwealth Latimer House Principles

The Commonwealth Latimer House Principles (officially titled: Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on the Three Branches of Government) highlight the importance of the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy. 

The Commonwealth Charter

The Commonwealth Charter is a document of the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth. It expresses the commitment of member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all the people of the Commonwealth. The Charter also acknowledges the role of civil society in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth.

Reports

Outcomes Report: CPA Post-Election Seminar, Parliament of the Cayman Islands

Read the outcomes report from the three-day CPA Post-Election Seminar for the Parliament of the Cayman Islands held between 4 to 6 August 2021.

Outcomes Report: CPA Post-Election Seminar, National Assembly of Belize

Read the outcomes report from the three-day CPA Post-Election Seminar for National Assembly of Belize held between 3 to 7 May 2021.

Outcomes Report: CPA Post-Election Seminar, Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago

The outcomes report of the three-day CPA Post-Election Seminar for the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago held between 22 February to 1 March 2021.

Outcomes Report: CPA Post-Election Seminar, Bermuda House of Assembly

The outcomes report on the outcomes of the CPA Post-Election Seminar, Bermuda House of Assembly, held from 1-3 December 2020.

Outcomes Report: CPA Post-Election Seminar, Parliament of Dominica

The outcomes report of the  CPA Post-Election Seminar for the Parliament of Dominica held in September 2020.

Outcomes Report: CPA Post-Election Seminar, Anguilla House of Assembly

Read the Outcomes Report of the CPA Post-Election Seminar, Anguilla House of Assembly, held from 20-24 July 2020.

Benchmarks Report: Anguilla House of Assembly

Read the Final Report of the CPA Benchmarks Assessment for the Anguilla House of Assembly.

Outcomes Report: CPA Small Branches Sustainable Development Workshop

The outcomes report of the 2019 CPA Small Branches Sustainable Economic Development Workshop, held in Valetta, Malta.

CPA Documents

CPA Strategic Plan 2022-2025

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Strategic Plan for 2022-2025 sets out its support for our membership of 180 Commonwealth Parliaments as well as how the organisation will advance and develop support to CPA Members through focusing on six core objectives and cross cutting themes that will be mainstreamed across CPA operations and workstreams.

CWP Strategic Plan 2020-2022

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Strategic Plan 2020-2022 sets out the network's mission statement, outcomes and thematic priorities.

CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan 2021-2023

The CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan 2021-2023 sets out the network's mission statement, strategic objectives, and thematic priorities.

CPwD Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024

The Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024 sets out the network's mission statement, outcomes, outputs and thematic priorities.

Plain-Text: CPwD Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024

This is a plain-text, accessible version of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024, which sets out the network's mission statement, outcomes, outputs and thematic priorities.

CPA General Information Leaflet 2021

CPA's latest edition of the General Information leaflet provides the latest information on how the CPA is organised, the programmes it delivers and how we share information with our membership and beyond. 

CPA Programmes Booklet 2021/2022

Find out more about the CPA's upcoming programmes for 2021/2022, including professional development, workshops, conferences and more.