Re-thinking governance for development

Graeme Ramshaw, WFD's Director of Research and Evaluation, participated in the European Partnership for Democracy launch event of the World Development Report 2017  in Brussels last week. Here are his takeaways on what this means for democracy support. The World Bank’s 2017 World Development Report “Governance and the Law”, encourages its readers to rethink governance [...]
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Lebanon: Progress towards Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Lebanon is well on its way towards joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a major step towards ensuring that the profits from Lebanon’s oil and gas reserves contribute to the country’s economic development. Westminster Foundation for Democracy is working to support the Public Works and Energy Committee oversight role to make sure this becomes [...]
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Human rights, the rule of law and global challenges to democracy

By Thomas Hughes, Independent Governor Democracy worldwide is seemingly under increasing threat, with restrictions and repression on the rise. Well established democracies appear to be eroding their institutions and standards from within, whilst emergent democracies are failing to deliver accountability, broad participation and power-sharing. Leaders of faux-democracies have learnt how to rule with a ‘velvet […]

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Building citizens trust through openness and engagement

May 2017 saw the arrival in Kyiv of over 300 people from 52 countries interested in parliamentary openness. The Global Legislative Openness Conference was a two-day event, hosted by the Ukrainian Parliament and organised by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and the Open Parliament Initiative in Ukraine. WFD participated through [...]
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By Anthony Smith, Chief Executive UK general election April brought us the news of a snap general election here in the UK on 8 June. As the leading organisation providing insight into the UK democratic experience this is a great opportunity for our friends and partners to witness our electoral process in action. The timing […]

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Kurdistan Regional Government unveils inclusive anti-corruption strategy

Corruption is a significant and persistent challenge in Iraq. The Transparency International 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 [...]
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