Here you will find reports from CPA UK's bilateral engagement programmes between Westminster MPs and partner Parliaments. Browse the latest reports or search by country/Parliament to find out more about these international outreach activities.
Sierra Leone Clerks’ Training Programme – Oct 2017 Report
In October 2017, nine clerks from the Parliament of Sierra Leone participated in a week long training programme on committee inquiry processes in the Houses of Parliament, London.
Specifically drawing on the similarities and differences between the Westminster Select Committee model and that of the Parliament of Sierra Leone, the programme explored the different stages of committee inquiries in detail as well as the wider parliamentary engagement from NGOs and the general public in Committee inquiries.
New Members Induction - The Gambia - September 2017
Delivered over four days in September, this programme explored a wide range of parliamentary procedure and practice, and was broadly divided into four areas: an introduction to parliamentary practice and procedure; legislative, scrutiny and representative functions of Parliament; parliamentary engagement with the public; and a Westminster-style debate and select committee evidence session.
APPG on the UN Global Goals Study Visit to the UN
A report on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals Study Visit to the High-Level Political Forum at the United Nations: in Association with the CPA UK Fellowship Scheme
18-20 July 2017
Evidence Informed Policymaking Programme - Malawi - March 2017 Report
This workshop successfully continued CPA UK’s work with Members of the Malawian National Assembly, hosting a delegation of young Members of Parliament to Westminster for a programme exploring evidence informed policymaking – a field growing quickly in Malawi and in the field of parliamentary and governance work. The delegation met with a wide range of stakeholders, including Members and Peers, external organisations, and the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to acquire a detailed understanding of the role evidence can play in parliamentary practice and procedure. Key areas of discussion focused on: the availability of resources; the relationship between external organisations and Parliament; and effective committee inquiries. The programme also included a constituency visit to explore the relationship between Members of Parliament and those they represent.
Scrutiny Programme - Parliament of Namibia - Feb 2017 Report
In February 2017 CPA UK, in partnership with the Parliament of Namibia, delivered a programme that aimed to support effective parliamentary scrutiny.
The UK delegation delivered the programme for parliamentarians to explore the role of parliaments in conducting oversight of government at the national level and also met with a number of stakeholders during the programme.
A key objective of the visit was to introduce and discuss techniques and methods for conducting scrutiny, with the aim of increasing the technical capacity of parliamentarians. As such, the programme looked in detail at oversight through committee management; legislative scrutiny; and, in particular, scrutiny of practices and policies.
Parliamentary Practice Programme - Malawi - November 2016 Report
In November 2016 CPA UK delivered a workshop for young Members of the Malawian National Assembly. The programme engaged with a range of diverse topics: the responsibilities and practices of candidates during elections; barriers to youth engagement as candidates and as voters; structural and financial constraints to effective parliamentary practices in the National Assembly; community engagement; and media relations. In each of these areas, the key challenges were outlined and, where possible, innovative ideas and improvements were proposed and discussed.
CPA UK & UN Women Uganda - Committee Leadership for Female Committee Chairs - Report
In April 2017, CPA UK and UN Women Uganda delivered a joint workshop for female committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs at the Parliament of Uganda. This programme created the space to discuss issues impacting the work of female committee chairs and to strengthen the committee management processes at the Parliament of Uganda.
The sessions highlighted key areas for reform in terms of empowering committee Chairs to take ownership of their work and engage with the media in order to connect directly with the public and, where possible, to influence public opinion. The sessions also discussed procedural challenges, such as fostering productive Chair-clerk relations and how to engage effectively with witnesses.
Visit from Members of the Federal Parliament of Canada
From 13 to 17 March 2017, CPA UK and CPA Scotland hosted a delegation of Members of the Federal Parliament of Canada. The delegation consisted of eight members of the Canada–United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association and five members of the Canada–Europe Parliamentary Association. The focus of the visit was on the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.
The Gambia Scoping Visit May 2017 - Report
This report was produced following the joint scoping visit undertaken by CPA UK and WFD to Banjul in May 2017. It highlights some of the visit’s key findings and proposed plans to engage with the National Assembly during this political transition.
St Lucia Delegation Report
The Speaker and delegates from the House of Assembly of St Lucia exchanged experiences, advice and knowledge with UK parliamentarians and officials.