WFD launches new Strategy at 25th Anniversary Conference

On 12 and 13 September, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a new strategy to strengthen democracy across a growing global network at a conference marking 25 years of WFD activity. The strategy commits the Foundation, sponsored by the UK Government, to expand the remit of its programmes - working across a wider range of [...]
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WFD launches new partnership for electoral assistance in 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 […]

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Contributing to the development of democracy across the globe

Patrick Grady MP The development of inclusive democracy worldwide is a monumental task. Westminster Foundation for Democracy staff and partners, as well as my fellow parliamentarians and governors, do an incredible job working to promote effective parliaments and multi-party politics in countries transitioning to democracy. Taking on the role of SNP Governor for WFD is […]

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

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 […]

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Soft power: a culture of 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 […]

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

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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Better laws for Ghana: making data accessible to legislators

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. […]

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