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Third Expert Roundtable on the Common Principles for Support to Parliaments


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Challenges and opportunities in parliamentary monitoring and evaluation

The Common Principles were formally adopted by the 131st IPU Assembly in October 2014 and have since received the endorsement of 136 national parliaments and 27 partner organizations. The Principles are intended to provide a summary of what is most important and aspirational in parliamentary development and to be a common language that all actors involved in this development can share.

The most important of the ten Common Principles is that only a parliament can take responsibility for its own development. The environment in which parliaments work is in constant flux, from social and political issues to economic and many other areas. A primary challenge for many parliaments is to identify tools to manage change and measure their own impact. The third Expert Roundtable will examine the issue of monitoring and evaluation so as to measure the impact of a parliament’s performance. The event is being jointly organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Uganda.

It will provide a space for participants to ask questions and share country experiences and lessons learnt around the following questions:

  • Why do parliaments monitor their performance and what do they measure?
  • Who carries out monitoring and evaluation work in parliaments and how do they monitor the performance of their institutions?

Parliaments may also submit written inputs highlighting their country experiences on the topics under discussion. Written contributions should be sent to by 27 November 2020.

The meeting will be open to all MPs and staff of parliaments working on monitoring and evaluation of parliamentary performance and partners. It will take place in two sittings to suit participants in different time zones. The working languages will be English, French and Spanish. It will take place on Zoom.


Delegates can register online at the following link:  The deadline for registration is 1 December 2020.

Sitting 1: 9:00 – 11:30 CET
Timed to suit participants from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific/Oceania

Sitting 2: 16:00-18:30 CET
Timed to suit participants from the Americas, Africa and Europe