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Accountability in the absence of parliament: North Macedonia’s unique COVID-19 governance challenge

2020-05-14T08:27:39+00:00May 14th, 2020|Parliaments, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

By Chris Levick, WFD Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia Governments around the world have introduced emergency measures to fight the coronavirus, often alongside significant financial support packages designed to cushion the economic impacts of the virus and ensure livelihoods. Within Europe we have seen some extreme examples: The Hungarian parliament – with its hefty [...]

MPs in Nepal scrutinise decades-old laws invoked by Government to respond to COVID-19

2020-05-14T08:42:16+00:00May 13th, 2020|Nepal News, Parliamentary, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

The Government of Nepal has invoked the Infectious Disease Act 1964 to battle coronavirus, including through enforcing quarantine. The Legislation Management Committee of the National Assembly has announced that it will conduct post-legislative scrutiny of the 57-year old law as part of its role to scrutinise government.

Students spending lockdown in extra-curricular classes in North Macedonia

2020-05-11T08:38:43+00:00May 11th, 2020|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

In April 2020 almost 200 students in North Macedonia logged in to online sessions empowering them be active members of the academic community and society. Due to the measures to protect against COVID-19 in the country, students were among the first groups to change their lives with the closing down of schools and universities mid-March. [...]

Building political trust can keep democracies healthy during the pandemic and beyond

2020-05-06T08:50:46+00:00May 4th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Research|

One factor seems to dictate the extent to which governments have been able to respond successfully to the pandemic: political trust. In fact, existing research suggests that political trust may be the glue which holds democracies together. But, outside of Western democracies, we don’t know all that much about political trust, or about how political institutions like parliaments might built it up. WFD is looking into it.

During lockdown, WFD partner secures better health services for the chronically ill in Albania

2020-04-22T08:27:56+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Citizen engagement, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Civil society organisations (CSOs) are a channel through which citizens can engage constructively with government to make sure that adequate services are provided, helping to build more inclusive and accountable democracies. Their role is especially important during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as people’s freedoms are curtailed and usual channels of engagement with government are [...]