Monthly Archives: July 2017

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Soft power: a culture of governance

2018-02-09T17:35:23+00:00July 31st, 2017|Democracy and Governance|

Anthony Smith, WFD Chief Executive ‘Successfully communicating the attributes, values and outputs that gain for the UK both attractiveness and respect in the eyes of people abroad will be vital in maintaining the UK in positions of influence’ concluded a 2014 parliamentary report. However, the debate about how seriously we should take the notion of [...]

Better laws for Ghana: making data accessible to legislators

2018-04-10T11:41:08+00:00July 25th, 2017|Ghana, Parliamentary, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Sitting in the Library of the House of Commons it’s hard to imagine how legislators could lack good quality research to inform their legislative initiatives. Systems, researchers and the library in the Parliament of Ghana worked in isolation, leaving legislators and their offices confused about help on offer and diminishing the effectiveness of the institution. [...]

New programme: helping Nigerian youth build a democracy that delivers

2018-08-08T08:06:40+00:00July 25th, 2017|Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

On 25 July, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a new Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) to support the advancement of democracy in Nigeria through increased political participation and electoral representation of young people. At 60%, Nigeria has one of the highest shares of people aged between 18 and 35 in the world. Young people make [...]

Follow the money: how WFD helped establish a watchdog in Mozambique

2018-07-20T08:06:34+00:00July 25th, 2017|Mozambique, Parliamentary, Western Balkans|

Democracy can help contrast corruption and enable fair distribution of resource by making information about government accounts available to the public. This is why we are working with the parliament of Mozambique to help them monitor spending. The country is developing very rapidly by tapping into a wealth of natural resources such as gas. Revenues [...]

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