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What came first – female politicians or female activists? WFD researched women’s political activism in Montenegro

2021-12-06T13:40:43+00:00December 6th, 2021|Violence Against Women in Politics, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Around the globe, women are one of the most underrepresented groups in politics and decision-making. Even when women are equally or close to equally represented in politics this is due to special provisions such as quotas. While Montenegro has legally introduced an electoral gender quota for in 2012, the number of politically active women remains [...]

Environmental concerns as part of development plans in coastal Albania – WFD research study

2021-11-16T14:47:33+00:00November 16th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

In recent years, the development of coastal regions in the Republic of Albania has taken a priority for the government and the private sector. Often, such developmental plans do not consider the environmental impact they might have for the specific area and beyond. The affected communities and other stakeholders are not included in the consultation [...]

Review of WFD’s HUGEN activities and impact

2021-11-05T17:51:45+00:00November 5th, 2021|Democracy Matters, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

Since the establishment of the Human Rights and Gender Equality Network of Committees (HUGEN) in the Western Balkans in 2019, more than 200 members of parliaments and 40 parliamentary staff members, from 8 participating parliaments, have been cooperating on improving human rights and gender laws and policies. Through HUGEN, a regional pilot process of post-legislative [...]

Supporting the State Audit Institution of Montenegro in internal and external communication – WFD is looking for a national expert

2021-10-19T10:27:51+00:00October 19th, 2021|WFD Request for Proposal|

Application deadline: 25 Oct, 2021 Background In 2018 Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) funded project that operates in six countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Kosovo and is coordinated through a regional Western Balkans office based in Belgrade. The regional programme titled: “Western [...]

Call for applications – E-learning modules for the Women Leadership Academy in Montenegro

2021-10-08T09:50:30+00:00October 8th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, WFD Request for Proposal|

Application deadline: 17 October, 2021 Introduction Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). With over 25 years of experience supporting democracy around the world, WFD’s strategic plan elaborates our expertise and approach to supporting political parties, parliaments, civil society, and electoral processes. WFD [...]

WFD analysis on youth budget allocations at local governing levels in Serbia

2021-09-30T13:47:05+00:00September 30th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Serbia and the Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) conducted a research analysis on budgetary allocations for youth and youth organisations at the local level in Serbia. The findings from this research also include specific data on how youth organisations function and what their cooperation with local level institutions [...]

Inequality and uncertainty characterise young people in North Macedonia – WFD study findings

2021-11-08T11:35:43+00:00August 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|

The most recent study of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy published on the International Youth Day 2021 shows the attitudes and perspectives of young people in North Macedonia. The study reveals that young people who are part of forms of youth organising are more content with their place in society, compared to their peers who [...]

The pandemic pushed persons with disabilities to the margins in North Macedonia

2021-07-15T10:03:56+00:00July 15th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

WFD published an analysis looking into the impact of the pandemic on persons with disabilities in North Macedonia, produced by the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The analysis was presented to the public in June 2021, in the presence of Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Jagoda Shahpaska and British Deputy Ambassador Dominic Otway. The [...]

Women politicians study the effects of indoor air pollution on the health and economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-07-09T09:40:05+00:00July 9th, 2021|Research, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

During the winter, air pollution in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reaches unprecedented levels, with country's capital Sarajevo often being the most polluted capital in the world. Indoor air pollution is particularly dangerous for citizens of BiH, although it is an issue that remains relatively unknown as outdoor air pollution takes over when the entire country [...]

Women and media coverage in the Albanian 2021 election campaigns

2021-06-10T13:21:29+00:00June 10th, 2021|Elections, Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The election campaigns during the parliamentary elections of 25 April, 2021 in Albania, were quite dynamic and with a noticeable increase in the number of female MP candidates. However, these figures did not translate into higher representation of women in the media contents. The audio-visual media during the last parliamentary elections continued to have gaps [...]