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. If you would like to subscribe to our Newsletter click here.   

Recent news

12 February 2015
2015 is an important year for international development - one which will provide an historic opportunity to help define the contours of a new development landscape for the next fifteen years. WFD's chairman, Henry Bellingham MP, says that more emphasis than ever will be placed on democracy strengthening. For more read his blog.
27 January 2015
The International Development Committee has urged the UK government to play a greater role in strengthening overseas parliaments. A central recommendation of the committee's inquiry is that DFID should put parliaments and political parties at the heart of governance work.
21 January 2015
Kyrgyz hearings
As the Foundation's current Kyrgyzstan programme draws to a close in 2015 WFD's Nurgul Tilenbaeva in Bishkek provides this case study on one of its successes.
12 January 2015
Princess Basma January 2015
A WFD-backed coalition of MPs from the Middle East & North Africa has declared the establishment of an international day to highlight the issue of violence against women. The announcement was made by the coalition in Amman on 12 January: from now on the designated annual day.
07 January 2015
Pete Wishart
A member of WFD’s board of governors, Pete Wishart MP, says this year promises to be an exciting one, both for the Foundation and his party – the Scottish National Party.