WFD works with countries undergoing a transition to democracy. It provides expertise in developing parliaments, political party structures and civil society organisations – the institutions that make up a functioning democracy.
HOW WFD SUPPORTS DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION
WFD works to strengthen parliamentary capacity at national and sub-national level. It does this through training, sharing expertise on a peer-to-peer basis and building institutional capacity. WFD supports both members of parliament and parliamentary staff. Each programme is tailored to the needs of the specific parliament and may include, for example, strengthening financial oversight, accountability, human rights, communications, induction training, committee work, policy development and legislation.
You can read more about our specific parliamentary strengthening programmes by clicking here.
: WFD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jordanian House of Representatives in October 2012. The MoU marked the beginning of a new three year parliamentary strengthening programme.
Party development work
Political parties are pivotal to a healthy functioning democracy. Without well-functioning parties, governments and legislatures have little chance of representing society in a meaningful way.
WFD draws directly on the expertise of all Westminster’s political parties who work on both a sister-party and cross-party basis to develop local political capacity, accountability and participation. This is a unique feature of WFD’s work. You can read more by clicking here.