Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy #CP4D

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Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy #CP4D

Advancing inclusive and accountable democracies in the Commonwealth

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 the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) contributes to making this a reality by:

  • Improving inclusion by engaging more women, young people, persons living with disabilities, religious minorities and the LGBT+ community in the democratic process;
  • Increasing accountability through more effective and transparent parliamentary practices 

CP4D works with parliaments and local governments in 18 Commonwealth Member States across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to improve representation of women, young people, people with disabilities and the LGBT+ community in the democratic process. CP4D also supports parliament and local government to monitor the actions of the executive.

The programme is managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and implemented by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.

Building inclusive democracies

CP4D works to improve inclusion by engaging more women, young people, persons with disabilities, religious minorities and other marginalised groups in the democratic process at all levels.

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

Building accountable democracies

CP4D works to increase accountability through more effective and transparent parliamentary and local practises where public funds and spending is concerned.

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.

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