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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Kyrgyzstan: Launching KLAP to support Local Self-Governance

(Above: Local councillors work together on a group task at a WFD organised induction for new councillors in Naryn City Council, Kyrgyzstan) Local self-government systems are intended to bring power and decision-making closer to citizens and communities. As in many other post-Soviet countries, the Kyrgyz systems of local self-government have existed since independence in various […]

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Reflections of an election observer: A view from Uzbekistan

By Mark Pascoe, Short Term Observer for OSCE election observation mission to Uzbekistan As an electoral administrator myself, I currently work as Electoral Registration Manager at the London Borough Hackney, I always find it fascinating to discover the differences in electoral systems the world over. The trip to Uzbekistan to observe the Presidential election was [...]
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Scrutinising Government spending in Serbia

(Above: Parliamentary Budget Office Researcher, Nenad Jeftovic, presents data on women's employment and gender budgeting to MPs at a meeting of the Women's Parliamentary Network) Ensuring taxpayers money ends up where citizens think it should requires time. Analysing the numbers, comparing levels of spend between departments and debating where you think the money should go [...]
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Why regional networks are important for women’s empowerment

(Above: Representatives from sister parties in Africa, the Middle East, and Western Balkans attend Women's Political Participation Day in Parliament organised by the Labour Party International Office) Political parties play a fundamental role in ensuring women are represented at all levels of decision-making. A key area of the Labour Party’s Westminster Foundation for Democracy work [...]
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Uganda: Why the women’s parliament mattered

(Above: WFD supported the first ever women's parliament to take place in Uganda in July 2015) "Their trend of advocacy is different, their trend of passion is different" said former MP, Olivia Kabaale about women's role in politics, "for example, in our parliament when the budget is being passed the women look at the health [...]
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How does the cost of politics impact on marginalised groups?

(Above: Commissioner from Nigeria's Electoral Commission addresses the Cost of Politics regional conference) Money remains one of the single most important barriers to political participation, but there are other non-financial costs associated with being active in political life that need to be considered too. We often forget about who is excluded from politics because they [...]
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