Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world.

WFD partners with UK political parties, parliaments, electoral and financial audit institutions to help over 30 developing countries make their governments fairer, more effective and accountable.

WFD’s initiatives include: helping protect women from violence in the Middle East, making politics more inclusive in Africa, consolidating democratic institutions in Asia and building trust in democracy across the Western Balkans.

On behalf of the United Kingdom, WFD recruits international election observers and leads the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), a UK initiative to support the political engagement of minorities and vulnerable groups in developing countries across the Commonwealth.

Over 25 years after its establishment, WFD fields over 100 staff in 27 offices spanning from Caracas to Vientiane. A new strategic framework, recently endorsed by the UK Government, commits the Foundation to renew a focus on civil society and independent institutions as well as adopt the latest innovations in programme design and implementation.

WFD is a constituent member of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), the Brussels-based umbrella organisation for European democracy assistance organisations.

Mr Speaker
“Working in challenging and often complex political environments, the Foundation has assisted the transition from tyranny to democracy, from the denial of human rights to their embrace, and from the absence of electoral competition to the flowering of it. With UK parliamentary institutions informing its endeavours, not as a rigid model, but as a useful guide, WFD’s work has not been confined to one place or continent. It provides a trusty compass to those seeking to navigate the path to political pluralism.”.
Richard Graham MP
Richard Graham is MP for Gloucester, and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the ASEAN Economic Community, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Anthony Smith
Anthony joined WFD in August 2014. He is responsible for the overall direction and performance of the Foundation.