WFD is planning to engage a Political Party Adviser to support the implementation of the Supporting Democratic Stability in the Bangsamoro programme. The Political Party Adviser will work closely with WFD’s Senior Programme Manager, the WFD team in the Bangsamoro, and our local implementing partner to support delivery of technical areas across the political parties [...]
To break the current trends of shrinking democratic space and increased inequality, it is important to ensure that the emergency powers - although vital in protecting health - are not used to shrink the democratic space.
WFD is implementing Phase 2 programme (2019-2021) to strengthen parliamentary practice in the Union Parliament of Myanmar. In partnership with the UK House of Commons, British Council, Irrawaddy Policy Exchange and other implementing partners, working with members of parliament, parliamentary staff and CSOs through various activities. WFD has been supporting the setting-up and capacity building [...]
To foster LGBT+ inclusive democracies, parliamentarians need to listen to LGBT+ voices, as well as access to more and better information. WFD is focusing on addressing these issues.
More than 500 political and civil leaders, Nobel Laureates, and organisations have signed an open letter to defend democracy, warning that the freedoms we cherish are under threat from governments using the COVID-19 crisis to tighten their grip on power.
by Devin O'Shaughnessy, WFD's Director of Programmes The recent announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of plans to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) into the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will undoubtedly impact the UK’s approach to development assistance for many years to come. Despite [...]
There’s no ‘right’ way to adapt elections to COVID-19 – but there is a right way to make those decisions
As governments decide to postpone elections or alter electoral processes because of COVID-19, it is crucial that they have a transparent debate about doing so. Importantly, they must consult key stakeholders or public trust in the electoral processes can be severely damaged and democracy weakened.
By Graeme Ramshaw, WFD’s Director of Research and Evaluation, and Fulvio Menghini, WFD’s Director of Communication and External Affairs As democracies navigate their way through the COVID-19 crisis, there are many potential pitfalls. One particularly treacherous path is tempting – the road that leads to authoritarianism. Autocratic governments have seized the opportunity to peddle propaganda [...]
Robinah Nanyunja, National Chairperson of the Ecological Party of Uganda, participated in the Green Talent Accelerator in 2019. Robinah’s programme focused on supporting her preparations to stand as a candidate in the 2021 Ugandan Parliamentary elections. In particular, Robinah’s objectives were to improve her knowledge in campaigning, fundraising and successfully organising for an election. With [...]