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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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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