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Reflecting on a decade of democratic strengthening in Ghana

2020-10-27T11:14:03+00:00October 27th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Sub - Saharan Africa|

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 [...]

Can sunset clauses live up to their promise?

2020-10-26T17:47:00+00:00October 27th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Parliaments|

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 [...]

Devex interviews WFD CEO Anthony Smith

2020-10-15T17:16:14+00:00October 15th, 2020|Democracy Matters|

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

2020-10-15T16:10:39+00:00October 15th, 2020|Financial oversight, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership|

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 [...]