Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Kaleidoscope Trust are excited to announce the launch of a new programme that will focus on fighting discrimination against women and girls, LGBT+ people and other intersectionally disadvantaged groups.
In October 2020, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) held an event in Ghana to mark the successful completion of the current WFD programme in the country. It was an occasion to reflect on ten years of programmes to strengthen democracy in the country. WFD nurtured the new generation of Ghanaian leaders through its Commonwealth Partnership [...]
COVID-19 emergency legislation is often fast-tracked, approved without much parliamentary scrutiny, expanding executive powers while limiting individual rights. Can sunset clauses provide a counterbalance by guaranteeing the temporary nature of the COVID-19 emergency legislation? Experience from anti-terrorism legislation suggests that sunset clauses may reinject democratic accountability, but only if there is a high quality and [...]
WFD's CEO, Anthony Smith, spoke to Devex about putting democracy at the heart of the UK's international strategy. He argued that democracy and human rights are a critically important part of the UK’s values and directly relevant to our national interests and outlined a three-pronged strategy for the UK's democratic strengthening work. Read the interview [...]
European Commission notes achievements toward more accountable, inclusive democracy in North Macedonia
The new European Commission Country Report on North Macedonia 2020 highlights the progress made by the Parliament of North Macedonia towards more inclusive and accountable democracy in the past year. The report notes two achievements which were supported by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and its partners in the country: improvements made by the introduction [...]
Early lessons from France and the UK on the roles of climate citizens’ assemblies and legislators to enhance climate action
The UK Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change and the French Citizens’ Convention on Climate have recently put forward reports and proposals. The fate of citizens’ proposals depends on their translation into legislation.
The British Foreign Policy Group and Westminster Foundation for Democracy are delighted to host a lively panel discussion on how the Global Britain project can best merge the promotion of democratic values with our geo-strategic interests.
To declare an emergency or not to declare an emergency is not the question. Whether or not democracy is safeguarded during the pandemic depends on a separate set of good practices.