by Dr Graeme Ramshaw, WFD’s Director of Research and Evaluation The international development community has been going about its governance support work all wrong. At least, that is what political thinker Karl Popper would have said. For decades, UKAid and others have been focused on the question of who should govern, deploying significant resources to […]
WFD joins Campaign for Good Governance on a National call to calm and unity
On the 8th May 2020, Sierra Leone experienced a 90-minute light on its journey to hope and unity through a National Conference focused on discussing strategies that will urge all political parties and the government to tone down unhelpful rhetorics, utterances and actions.
The country’s democratic pillars of good governance, respect for human rights and protection of national peace and unity are being shaken amidst the country’s ongoing fight against COVID-19. This national conference sent a credible message calling for reason and national decorum.
The comments and questions at the conference made it clear that there is a national desire for calm in the midst of COVID 19 and the rise in violence across the country.
Speakers at the webinar also urged political parties and the government to tone down unhelpful rhetoric and actions like unlawful arrests of high profile opposition politicians and counter-accusations by the country’s two major political parties. This is further worsened by the creation and circulation of widespread conspiracy theories, propaganda videos and audios on social media.
Some of the messages being arrayed around social media verge as hate speech and incitements and further undermine the already fragile foundations of the state. There were many suggestions to continue the event as a monthly series.
A strong, healthy democracy needs constant care and attention, even in good times. During a crisis we need to be even more vigilant. The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt democracy, amid a long-term trend of democratic decline. However, we know that democracy is key to solving the major challenges facing the world in 2020. Democracy can […]
WFD’s Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year 2019-2020 was laid in the UK Parliament today, 10 September 2020. In 2019-20, WFD ran 81 programmes in 47 countries. We launched new programmes in countries such as Sudan, where we trained women political leaders in negotiating to help them play an important role in the […]