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

Operating directly in over 40 countries, WFD works with parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups as well as on elections to help make countries’ political systems fairer and more inclusive, accountable and transparent.

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 nearly 150 staff in offices in 33 countries spanning from Caracas to Vientiane.

WFD is a member of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), the 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.