WFD’s CEO Anthony Smith blogs about his initial thoughts on the EU referendum – and what it means for the UK’s contribution to democracy strengthening
“Is the objective democracy or development? Can it be both, or must the pursuit of one necessarily come at the expense of the other? Should we settle for development first and democracy later?”
The EU Twinning project launched in Rabat on 13 June is a historic partnership in which the Westminster Foundation for Democracy is delighted to be participating.
Ahead of 18 July’s #CostOfPolitics conference, WFD’s Europe and Africa Regional Director George Kunnath has been explaining his approach to this emerging problem – and explaining how we’ll explore it next month.
We found out from Veroljub Arsic, Chairperson of the National Assembly of Serbia’s Committee for Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending how important financial scrutiny is across the Western Balkans region.
Parties, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy believes, are the motors of parliamentary institutions.
“Parliaments represent the people,” youth activist Emmanuel Sanyi told us. “They need to be grounded in integrity.”
“My aim is to transfer knowledge to students and to inspire them to think freely and critically,” says Irma Baralija, a Professor in Mostar and member of Naša Stranka’s leadership: a young, educated woman, politically active and willing to make change happen in her local community.
“What WFD is doing is really crucial and I think will continue to be so. Aid will become less and less about putting loads of dosh into a lot of developing countries, but that requirement for expertise and skills development will continue to be there for at least a generation ahead.”