Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Welcome to the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), the UK's leading democracy-building foundation.
  Established in 1992, WFD is an independent public body sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The organisation provides expertise in developing parliaments, political party structures and civil society organisations – the key institutions that make up a functioning democracy. Click here to read more about what we do, and click here to read about where we work.

Recent news

20 October 2014
IPU October 2014
Can WFD work with other European parliamentary strengthening initiatives to advance its goal of achieving greater democratic outcomes overseas? A question that was debated at a gathering of parliamentary experts convened by WFD.
07 October 2014
The International Development Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into whether DFID should give higher priority to parliamentary strengthening in developing countries. WFD has submitted evidence and recommendations that greater investment and ambition are required in supporting parliaments.
07 October 2014
Flag of Tunisia
WFD launches a new programme in Tunisia designed to support newly elected members fulfil their roles as MPs and representatives of their parties.
22 September 2014
Laura Johansen
A representative of the British Embassy in DRC accompanied WFD to Kisangani to witness at first hand the impact of the Foundation's programme, 'Supporting democracy development in Province Orientale.'
19 September 2014
Princess Basma
Princess Basma of Jordan has agreed to act as the honorary chairwoman and president of a WFD-backed coalition of Arab MPs to combat domestic violence against women. The coalition which has rapidly developed momentum is now comprised of MPs from eleven MENA countries.