Call for Research: Political Party Transparency in the Western Balkans

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Call for Research: Political Party Transparency in the Western Balkans

November 04th, 2019

Most political parties in the Western Balkans rarely provide organisational, financial or operational information on their work to citizens. They are not easily accessible and open through their party websites and in their communications. Most party websites have very little information on party finances, they are not regularly updated with information on decision making and party representatives, they are not interactive, in many cases fail to communicate in all local languages, they are not accessible for disabled citizens (blind or deaf persons) and communicate only in one direction – party to public.

The non-transparent behaviour of political parties is driven by a culture of non-accountability in many political parties, an inadequate or inadequately enforced legal framework, and lack of pressure from society to improve transparency.

WFD’s research on political party transparency will look to provide answers on improving transparency standards as its point of departure to create more incentive for political parties to address these issues.

In order to better understand political party transparency issues and potential implications for WFDs work in the Western Balkans, WFD is testing a research methodology on political party transparency which could be the basis for a political party transparency index for the Western Balkans.

The objectives of the research assignment are:

  1. To test WFD research methodology on political party transparency with at least 4 political parties.
  2. Refine research questions, indicators and the methodology.
  3. Present findings to political parties which have participated in the research.
  4. Extract findings and learning from the research for internal WFD purposes.
  5. Develop a learning paper on political party transparency and developing an index for measurement

Interested consultants/organisations should express their interest for this proposal by providing a one-page proposal along with the CV of the consultant(s) which will are proposed to conduct the research assignment. For organisations a one-page document listing the experience of the organisation relevant for this work should be prepared.

Consultants/organisations which have relevant experience and have published work on topics such as money in politics, political party transparency, political party financing and transparency indexes will be considered. Track record of previous work with WFD and quick turnaround in delivering the task will be an additional asset.

Track record of previous work in the Western Balkans and knowledge of local context, knowledge of local languages and political parties in the Western Balkans is highly desirable.

Consultants/Organisations background and previous experience in political party work, party financing and political party operations are highly desirable for this assignment.

An email with your expression of interest and relevant documents should be sent to the Western Balkans Regional office at emil.atanasovski@wfd.org by November 7th 2019.

Only consultants/organisations which will be able to complete the research within the proposed timeline March 31st 2020 will be considered for this assignment.

Only consultant(s)-organisations which are willing to sign non-disclosure agreement/confidentiality agreement with WFD will be considered for this assignment.

For more information on the research and how to apply, download and read the Terms of Reference:

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