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Assistance in action

We work actively throughout the world to help develop strong, well-functioning parliaments that can rise to modern challenges.

We deliver hands-on assistance to parliaments. Our work enables parliaments to develop, reform and modernize. It assists individual MPs and parliamentary staff to further develop their parliamentary knowledge and skills. We connect parliaments that want to grow by using the experiences of the members and staff of other parliaments from similar political systems. 

Our goal is to help parliaments deliver on their democratic mandate, so they are better able serve the people they represent.

This is a fundamental and growing part of our work, particularly with countries in political transition and emerging from conflict.

All this work is driven by the parliaments themselves, and underpinned by the standards, core values and guidelines we develop.

We have been engaged in this work since the 1970s, offering practical help to strengthen the institution of parliament in many different ways. We have assisted parliaments to draft new constitutions, review their committee systems, reform procedures, and run induction sessions for new MPs. We have worked with parliaments to strengthen the skills of staff, and to develop their research, library and information management capabilities through an increased and better use of ICT.

Our work to strengthen parliaments forms part of our overall mandate: strong democratic parliaments serving the people.

Find out how you can join our team of parliamentary experts.

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We help parliaments with library services, ICT, committee structures and procedural rules. Photo: © IPU
We help national parliaments around the world by providing core institutional advice and practical help.
We pay particular attention to building parliamentary capacity in the areas of human rights and gender equality. Photo: ©Reuters/Joseph Penney
Much of our work centres on building capacity in parliaments, often through support projects. Through these projects, we provide advice, guidance and technical support to build parliaments’ capacity for holding governments to account, strengthen their budget and audit capacity, enhance
We help parliaments around the world strengthen their capacity to better serve their people. Photo: ©IPU.
For over four decades, we have helped parliaments around the world strengthen their capacity to better serve their people.