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WFD launches new partnership for electoral assistance in Africa

2018-02-09T17:27:02+00:00September 18th, 2017|Elections, Sub-Saharan Africa|

On 12 September 2017, WFD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) to expand its electoral assistance programme during a side event to the Democracy UK conference marking 25 years since the establishment of the Foundation. WFD’s new Strategic Framework 2017-2022 outlines the organisation’s focus on building of partnerships with [...]

Agenda for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2018 elections launched in Freetown

2018-07-30T15:13:32+00:00August 25th, 2017|Elections, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political party, Sierra Leone, Sub-Saharan Africa, Themes|

On 24 August 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in partnership with Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI), launched a new National Agenda for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the electoral and political process ahead of Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections. Globally, approximately 15 per cent of the population have a disability, 80 per cent [...]

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 [...]

Using evidence to deliver better services to the citizens of Kenya

2018-08-08T11:29:48+00:00April 26th, 2017|Kenya, Parliamentary, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Demographic data is essential for effective, responsive and evidence-based legislation. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is supporting the Senate of Kenya develop new ways to collect county-level information which will help legislators decide where to improve public services. Kenya, which will hold a general election on 8 August, is currently going through a process of [...]

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 [...]

Promoting women’s and girls’ rights in Uganda: ‘This Parliament empowered me’

2018-07-27T10:49:26+00:00September 8th, 2015|Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Women’s Political Leadership|

Ending sexual harassment, domestic violence and other forms of gender inequality in Uganda isn’t easy. But by helping local leaders and civil society organisations bring women together through the country’s first ever Women’s Parliament, Westminster Foundation for Democracy is helping gather momentum behind the campaign for real change. In recent years, Uganda has taken some [...]

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