Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Crafting effective legislation needs a solid understanding of society

2018-08-08T14:05:08+00:00March 30th, 2017|Asia, Pakistan|

Kashif Mahmood Tariq, a former legislative drafter from Pakistan participated in a WFD organised placement in October 2016. Following his placement he argued that effective legislation needs a solid understanding of society. Parliaments find it very easy to pass laws. Yet those who work for them often find themselves scratching their heads about how to [...]

Supporting effective subnational government in Burma

2018-08-08T14:00:09+00:00March 30th, 2017|Asia, Burma|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy is committed to supporting the consolidation of democracy in Burma at both the national and regional level. Whilst our programme (in partnership with the UK House of Commons) with the Hluttaw in Naypidaw goes from strength to strength, our team in Burma looks to develop a complementary programme at the State [...]

Engaging parliaments in Asia on reviewing legislative impact

2018-08-08T14:01:43+00:00March 30th, 2017|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Process and Practice|

Franklin DeVrieze, Senior Governance Advisor One of parliaments’ key roles is to make laws which meet the needs of a country’s citizens. Beyond the primary function of adopting legislation, parliaments should be able to evaluate whether legislation does achieve its intended outcome. Earlier this year, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) started working with partnering parliaments [...]

Engaging parliaments in Asia on reviewing legislative impact

2018-07-20T08:07:11+00:00March 30th, 2017|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Parliamentary|

Franklin DeVrieze, Senior Governance Advisor One of parliaments’ key roles is to make laws which meet the needs of a country’s citizens. Beyond the primary function of adopting legislation, parliaments should be able to evaluate whether legislation achieves its intended outcome. Earlier this year, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) started working with parliaments across South-Eastern [...]

From Westminster to Tynwald: Lao delegation visit UK

2018-04-20T09:43:37+00:00March 30th, 2017|Asia, Laos|

In March 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s programme Supporting the Capacity and Accountability of the Lao Parliament, offered a delegation from the National Assembly the opportunity to exchange ideas on how different jurisdictions approach the rights of citizens and legislation through a study visit to the UK. WFD uses the full breadth of the UK democratic [...]

Kyrgyzstan: Launching KLAP to support Local Self-Governance

2018-04-12T16:29:59+00:00March 15th, 2017|Europe, Kyrgyzstan|

Local self-government systems are intended to bring power and decision-making closer to citizens and communities. As in many other post-Soviet countries, the Kyrgyz systems of local self-government have existed since independence in various forms. Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s new Kyrgyzstan Local Accountability Programme (KLAP) aims to support local councils to overcome governance issues. KLAP supports three local [...]

Supporting CSOs to engage with parliament in Macedonia

2018-08-28T15:29:03+00:00March 14th, 2017|Human Rights, Macedonia, Space and Access|

“I know very well the problems that people with disabilities and their families face” Blagica Dimitrovska from civil society organisation (CSO) “Inkluziva” explained: “as I am one of them.” Ms Dimitrovska is President at the Association for promotion and development of inclusive society – Inkluziva from Kumanovo, Macedonia, one of the 12 civil society organisations [...]

Scrutinising Government spending in Serbia

2018-07-27T12:08:53+00:00March 14th, 2017|Europe, Financial oversight, Serbia|

Ensuring taxpayers money ends up where citizens think it should requires time. Analysing the numbers, comparing levels of spend between departments and debating where you think the money should go is a lengthy process, but one that is essential for effective governance. Westminster Foundation for Democracy is committed to supporting the National Assembly of the [...]

Supporting women councillors in Uganda to advocate for women’s rights

2018-08-09T11:22:59+00:00March 8th, 2017|Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Women’s Political Leadership|

“If a man gets with you and wants to stay together then you need  documentation” Betty Atim, former district councillor in Gulu and Chair of the Women’s Caucus, explains to her female constituents who face homelessness due to land rights disputes in Uganda. Betty Atim participated in the Westminster Foundation for Democracy EU funded programme [...]

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