Crafting effective legislation needs a solid understanding of society

(Above: Muhammad Mushtaq (Joint Secretary – Legislation, National Assembly) and Javid Iqbal (Drafter – Legislation Council, Senate) with their host in the Scottish Parliament) 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 […]

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Engaging parliaments in Asia on reviewing legislative impact

(Above: WFD's Dina Melhem and Franklin DeVrieze with Members of Parliament in Burma) 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. [...]
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From Westminster to Tynwald: Lao delegation visit UK

(Above: Hon. Steve Rodan MLC, President of Tynwald with members of the delegation from 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 [...]
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The Speaker’s role in Sri Lanka

"May it please your Majesty, I have neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak in this place but as the House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here." Thus, spoke William Lenthall, House of Commons Speaker, in a seventeenth century tussle with the Monarch. Incidents like this contributed to shaping the [...]
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Access to politics: Cost as a barrier

Encouraging broader political participation has been a cornerstone of international democracy support since its early days. This has involved working to reduce barriers to entry to politics often based on gender, age, ethnicity, and other contextual factors. Over the past decade, however, an emergent barrier that has received less attention is the cost of politics. [...]
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Closing civil society space in East Africa

(Above: Working groups discuss trends within the East Africa region and their effect on CSOs operating space: funding, legislation, freedom of information and human rights) It has been said that democracy is not a spectator sport. Good governance is rarely bestowed; it must be demanded and defended by active citizens participating in democratic processes. More [...]
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WFD Training for UK election observers

(Above: An election observer on the EU mission to Ghana in December captures women's votes being recorded with ink) Westminster Foundation for Democracy invites you to participate in election observation training in June 2017. Two separate trainings will be organised for short-term and long-term observers in London (at Artillery House, 11-19 Artillery Row London, SW1P [...]
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Are we measuring what really matters?

Susan Dodsworth Research Fellow – International Development Department University of Birmingham At Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s recent conference – Deliberating Democratisation: Examining Democratic Change and the Role of International Democracy Support – one of the more contentious panels addressed the role of research in democracy support. During that panel, I discussed how the quality of […]

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