Asia

/Asia

WFD to lead new Commonwealth programme on parliamentary accountability and inclusion

2018-07-24T10:34:43+00:00April 17th, 2018|Asia, Democracy and Governance, Sub-Saharan Africa|

WFD will implement a £4 million programme to build trust in democratic institutions and support the political engagement of minorities and vulnerable groups in 18 developing countries across the Commonwealth. The programme, funded by the UK Government as Chair of the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM), was announced by Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon Boris [...]

Helping women run for office in upcoming Sri Lanka local elections

2018-08-09T11:06:52+00:00April 26th, 2017|Asia, Sri Lanka, Women’s Political Leadership|

“I had heard about the new women quota for elections but had little knowledge on how local government operates and the opportunities for public involvement”, says Ms. Jeeva Nishanthini, a 26-year-old local Tamil resident from the Nuwara Eliya district, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Between October 2016 and March 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), [...]

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 [...]

New WFD partnership to support historic change in Burma

2018-08-08T11:20:18+00:00January 25th, 2017|Asia, Burma, Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary|

Burma’s democratic transition was one of the most watched in the world in 2016. After over 50 years of military rule, the national parliament faces the challenge of delivering change in line with citizens’ expectations. Starting in 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) will partner with Burma’s legislative body, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Parliament), to [...]

Development Effectiveness and the Sustainable Development Goals

2018-04-10T10:59:52+00:00September 5th, 2016|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Morocco, Sri Lanka|

From alleviating extreme poverty to reducing the impact of climate change for future generations, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) – agreed by world leaders last September – comprise a broad and challenging set of commitments for all states. Steps must now be taken to ensure that the goals are implemented by 2030. But what role [...]

We use cookies to help give you the best experience on WFD.org. By continuing without changing your cookie settings, we assume you agree to this. Please read our cookie policy to find out more. Dismiss