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Indicators for democratic parliaments

The Indicators for Democratic Parliaments are a multi-partner initiative led by the IPU in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Directorio Legislativo Foundation, Inter Pares / International IDEA, National Democratic Institute (NDI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

The Indicators provide a framework for parliaments to self-assess their capacity and performance. They support parliament’s learning and development by raising key questions about the effectiveness, accountability, transparency and other characteristics of parliament.

Our ambition is for the Indicators to become a common tool for the parliamentary community that is widely used by parliaments to identify priorities for strengthening their institution.

The Indicators can be viewed, explored and downloaded in English, French and Spanish at The website also provides detailed guidance on to how to carry out an assessment, as well as case studies and online resources. For more information, please contact [email protected].