Devolution and democratisation often go hand-in-hand. In practice, though, the process of transferring power away from central government is often disappointing – and always complex.
“To take the Assembly to the people and reaching out was our biggest challenge,” EALA’s Speaker, the Rt. Hon Daniel Kidega, said before WFD’s debrief event in Arusha. “But that is what integration is about.”
WFD’s George Kunnath, Regional Director for Europe and Africa, on how decentralisation can build strong institutions in post-conflict Mozambique.
After our opening guest week editing the front page of openDemocracy, Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s editorial partnership on how parliaments shape democracy (and how democracies shape parliaments) is now well and truly underway.
One of the thematic areas of parliamentary strengthening Westminster Foundation for Democracy has developed in recent years is financial scrutiny – the topic of an event which took place in Tunis in March 2016.
Democracy, wherever it’s found in the world, is a work in progress. The same goes for democracy-strengthening – and it’s time for all those involved in this work had an open conversation about what works best.
Parliaments occupy an awkward space between government and the people, triggering a range of responses that usually position the institution as either ‘them’ or ‘us’.
Graeme Ramshaw, WFD Director of Research and Evaluation, outlines WFD’s plans for expanding its research and learning in response to calls for better evidence on parliamentary and political party strengthening. Though the context for democracy assistance remains challenging, he is certain our initiatives will contribute to generating substantive knowledge on this topic.
We spoke to Green Party project coordinator Jess Northey about her party’s WFD-funded work with the East African Green Federation (EAGF).