Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world. 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. WFD currently operates in 38 countries. 

On behalf of the United Kingdom, WFD recruits international election observers.

Over 25 years after its establishment, WFD fields nearly 150 staff in offices in more than 30 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.

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle at the state opening of parliament
“Over the last three decades, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy has done much to support the development of democracy around the world. Using the UK parliamentary model as a useful guide, the Foundation has helped many institutions navigate the path to political pluralism - and to fairer, more inclusive political systems. I am honoured to support the Foundation in these endeavours.”
Richard Graham MP wearing a suit and tie and smiling at the camera
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.