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Parliaments in action at the Open Government Partnership Summit

2018-07-31T12:02:14+00:00July 31st, 2018|Georgia, Morocco, Open Parliament|

On 17 July, WFD supported the organisation of the Parliament Day at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Tblisi, Georgia, where 300 representatives from parliaments, civil society and international organizations met to agree a way forward in developing open parliament commitments and innovative practices. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer shows an all-time low in [...]

Women MPs from Arab Countries review efforts to end gender violence

2018-08-08T14:20:31+00:00November 30th, 2017|Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, MENA, Morocco, Tunisia, Women’s Political Leadership|

Representatives from 13 Arab countries, the Tunisian Ministry for Women, Family and Childhood, and the Coalition of Women MPs from Arab Countries Combating Violence Against Women gathered in Tunis for a two-day summit on 16 and 17 November. The summit, supported by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), took stock of recent progress made in Tunisia and Lebanon [...]

Kurdistan Regional Government unveils inclusive anti-corruption strategy

2018-04-10T11:25:17+00:00April 26th, 2017|Iraq, MENA|

Corruption is a significant and persistent challenge in Iraq. Transparency International's corruption perceptions index puts Iraq 166th out of 175 countries, indicating a huge need to improve public sector financial management and tackle corruption. The security challenges that Iraq faces, including the threat of ISIS, have contributed to challenges to the nature and make-up of [...]

WFD and Moroccan House of Councillors partner on climate change and SDGs

2018-07-20T08:07:42+00:00January 26th, 2017|Morocco, Parliamentary, Uncategorized|

On 26 January 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the House of Councillors of the Moroccan Parliament during a conference on climate change legislation. The partnership agreement sets out a framework for cooperation between WFD and the House of Councillors of Morocco between 2017 and 2020. It outlines [...]

Tunisian Parliament saves 70m Dinars from review of sugar subsidies

2018-07-27T12:23:27+00:00January 24th, 2017|Financial oversight, MENA, Tunisia|

The Tunisian Committee responsible for oversight of public expenditure highlighted the unnecessary provision of sugar subsidies to industry as a result of one of its first enquiries. Members of the Committee used information supplied by the Tunisian Court of Audit to successfully argue for an end to sugar subsidies for corporations. The resulting policy change [...]

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 [...]

Towards effective financial scrutiny in Tunisia

2018-08-09T11:36:48+00:00May 16th, 2016|Financial oversight, MENA, Tunisia|

“It’s the first time in the history of Tunisia that we have a parliamentary committee that is charged with the oversight of the management of public money,” Sofiene Toubal, chair of the financial oversight committee, says. “We believe the fruits of these achievements will come in the near future.” The committee in question – on [...]

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