Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy #CP4D

//Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy #CP4D
Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy #CP4D2018-08-08T13:38:41+00:00

Advancing Inclusive and Accountable Democracy in the Commonwealth                                            #CP4D

Over 2018-2020, the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) will work with parliaments in 18 Commonwealth Member States across Sub-Saharan Africa and South- East Asia to improve the representation of women, young people, people with disabilities and the LGBT+ community, and how they monitor actions of the executive. CP4D activities will also be implemented at the regional-level and with all Commonwealth members to help raise standards and build political commitment to democratic values. The 2012 Commonwealth Charter commits governments, political parties and civil society organisations in member states to uphold and promote democratic culture and practises that are accountable to the public. Parliaments and local governments are essential for effective, inclusive democratic governance and CP4D will contribute to making this a reality.

  • Only 12 Commonwealth members have more than 30% of women in political offices
  • 50 per cent of Commonwealth members have ratified the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with disabilities, which prohibits all discrimination based on disability.
  • Almost 70 per cent of Commonwealth members have laws that discriminate against homosexuality
  • Improve inclusion by engaging more women, young people, persons living with disabilities, religious minorities and the LGBT+ community.
  • Increase accountability through more effective and transparent parliamentary practises where public funds and spending is concerned.
CP4D will implement a series of regional workshops and activities to increase women’s political participation and promote the political rights of minority groups and young people. By engaging parliamentary actors and civil society organisations, activities will improve advocacy of political rights for marginalised communities.
As part of the 2030 sustainable development agenda, CP4D will help parliaments adopt and implement updated Commonwealth Benchmarks for democratic legislatures in line with Goal 16 of the sustainable development goals that calls for inclusive and accountable governance. The benchmarks provide minimum standards for all Commonwealth Parliaments and support for parliaments who wish to assess their own parliamentary culture, development and functioning will be provided. By focusing on work through the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC), this strand of CP4D will encourage greater openness and transparency among Commonwealth governments.
  • Commonwealth wide activities will help raise standards and build political commitment to democratic values.
  • Regional activities will facilitate knowledge exchange and generate momentum for reform.
  • Country-level work will identify needs and interests of focus countries to develop and encourage concrete progress.
  • Endorse updated CPA Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures
  • Produce a manual for Parliaments to conduct self-assessments against the Benchmarks
  • Regional events on inclusion; women’s political participation or PACs

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Sophia Fernandes
Sophia FernandesCommonwealth Programme Director

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