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Meeting the President: Disabled People’s Organisations in Mozambique in dialogue with Filipe Nyusi

2019-10-17T12:01:25+00:00October 17th, 2019|Mozambique, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Sub-Saharan Africa|

In October 2019, hundreds of persons with disabilities met with the Mozambican President, Felipe Nyusi and secured his commitment to new laws, policies and strategies to improve the socio-economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities in Mozambique. The Forum of Organisations of People with Disabilities (FAMOD) and Mozambican Association of Disable People (ADEMO), in [...]

The Sierra Leone Parliament: There’s an App for that!

2019-10-04T10:03:13+00:00October 4th, 2019|Citizen engagement, Parliaments, Sierra Leone, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Democracy goes beyond the ballot box. For democracy to flourish, elected representatives need to be able to find out and understand the needs of the people they represent. Ways for people to find out what is going on in parliament and respond to it are just as important. In Sierra Leone, WFD has been working [...]

Programme Administrative Finance Assistant – Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)

2019-10-09T15:46:46+00:00September 30th, 2019|Sub-Saharan Africa, WFD current vacancies|

Location: Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) Contract type: Fixed term. Contract for Services. Contract length: 01/10/2019 – 31/03/2020 Starting salary: 714  GBP Gross Monthly. Westminster Foundation for Democracy WFD is looking for an experienced Programme Administrative and Finance Assistant based in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) to support the implementation of WFD’s parliamentary strengthening programmes. [...]

International Day of Democracy 2019

2019-09-15T07:06:12+00:00September 15th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Global Programmes, Kenya, Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Uganda|

September 15 2019 is International Day of Democracy, a day to step back and think about the state of democracy in the world, celebrate democratic achievements worldwide and consider how we can all stand up for democracy. In our 33 offices across the globe, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is marking the day [...]

Activists call for more women in leadership positions at Commonwealth summit

2019-09-02T15:04:27+00:00August 12th, 2019|CP4D, Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 6-7 August, political party and community leaders from Ghana and 14 Commonwealth countries met in Ghana to discuss ways to tackle the under-representation of women in leadership positions. Having more women political leaders is important as governments and parliaments should be representative of the society they serve. But research shows it also helps deliver better [...]

Young people should be better represented, Kenyan activist tells UK Parliament

2019-07-08T15:23:34+00:00July 8th, 2019|CP4D, Democracy in the World (APPG), Kenya, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of the Kenyan population is 19 years; in Uganda it’s just under 16 years. Yet young people in East Africa are severely underrepresented in politics. This is an issue which has inspired David Momanyi, an experienced youth activist from Kenya who is striving to ensure that all young people can have [...]

Advancing inclusive democracy in The Gambia

2019-06-28T12:56:14+00:00June 24th, 2019|CP4D, Gambia, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Following the end of President Yahya Jammeh’s undemocratic rule in The Gambia in 2016, citizens are increasingly supportive of efforts to make Gambian democracy more resilient, inclusive and accountable. Tina Fahm, WFD Associate, Commissioner at the Independent Commission for Aid Impact and an LSE Lay Governor, explains how WFD’s Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy is [...]

SNP support for cross-party women MPs in Malawi

2019-03-28T12:51:12+00:00March 28th, 2019|Political Parties, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

Scotland and Malawi have one of the strongest people to people links in the world, with 46% of Scots able to name a friend or family member with a connection to Malawi. This historic partnership and the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) positive experience of women in leadership meant supporting the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus of Malawi [...]

Uganda Speaker backs cutting costs for youth entering politics

2019-05-21T13:45:31+00:00March 6th, 2019|CP4D, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Over 200 participants from more than 10 countries in Africa called for increased youth participation in politics at landmark Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) conference, hosted by the Parliament of Uganda on 4-5 March. High entry costs are a big barrier to youth participation and the Speaker of Uganda, Rebecca Kadega, committed to asking parliament to [...]