The Indicators for Democratic Parliaments are a multi-partner initiative coordinated by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in partnership with leading organizations from the parliamentary community:

  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
  • Directorio Legislativo Foundation
  • Inter Pares / International IDEA
  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Women
  • Westminster Foundation for Democracy Democracy The belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is held either by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves. Also, a basic right of citizenship to be exercised under conditions of freedom, equality, transparency and responsibility, with due respect for the plurality of views, and in the interest of the polity. (WFD)

The Indicators are the culmination of a project that began in 2019. They build upon the experience gained by partners in developing benchmarks and self-assessment tools, including the IPU's self-assessment toolkits, the CPA's Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures and many others.

The Indicators framework, along with the draft and preliminary versions, were extensively tested and reviewed by parliaments around the world, with input from more than 100 people in 50 parliaments. 

The Indicators and the accompanying assessment guidance were published in October 2023. Both are live documents, open for further periodical refinement. The project partners will continue to support parliaments in using the Indicators to assess their capacity and practice.

To get in touch, please use the contact form or write to [email protected].

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