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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From presence to influence: Beyond International Women’s Day

(Above: Shannon O’Connell has joined the Westminster Foundation for Democracy as Senior Policy Advisor - Gender and Politics. With over twenty years’ experience in the field of politics, governance, and international development, Shannon has particular experience in women’s political empowerment and gender mainstreaming.) In the 1990s, I worked in the House of Representatives in the United [...]
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Can democracy supporters let civil society be itself?

Susan Dodsworth Civil society is a central part of the democracy support tool-kit. Those who seek to promote democracy almost universally identify strong and vibrant civil society as an essential driver of political reform. Supporting civil society is popular because it offers the tantalising prospect of fostering change from the bottom up. Adding to its [...]
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The New International Strategy of the Scottish Parliament

By Fergus Cochrane, Head of Scottish Parliament’s International Relations Office As a young and evolving parliament, the Scottish Parliament is keen to share its experience with other parliaments across the world and our increased engagement with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) over recent years has contributed to that aim. The Scottish Parliament’s International Strategy sets […]

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The real value of regional programmes

Devin O'Shaughnessy, Director of Programmes In some international development circles, the term “regional programme” carries with it a certain stigma. “Expensive…too many international flights…no national impact…unsustainable” are just some of the criticisms lodged against regional programmes. Moreover, the tendency among most major donor agencies to devolve decision-making powers to embassy level leads to minimal demand [...]
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WFD and Moroccan House of Councillors partner on Climate Change and SDGs

On 26 January 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the House of Councillors of the Moroccan Parliament during a conference on climate change legislation. The partnership agreement sets out a framework for cooperation between WFD and the House of Councillors of Morocco between 2017 and 2020. It outlines [...]
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