Written by Angella Kemirembe and Prosper Mubangizi “Being a Speaker of the East African Youth Parliament means that I am a leader who is more than a dreamer. Just like any other leader, I must act on my people’s ideas and influence them to carry their vision of achieving a common goal” – Ashura Michael, [...]
CALL FOR INTEREST Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) are soliciting proposals from individual consultants and or consultancy firms to conduct research on the Impact of the Cost of Politics on Inclusive Political Participation and Socio-Economic Development in Uganda. Introduction About WFD WFD is UK’s leading democracy-strengthening organisation, [...]
With nearly 70% of Nigeria’s population below the age of 35, it is crucial that young people are represented in the country’s political systems. WFD Nigeria is working to build the capabilities of young persons in politics.
A recent survey by WFD, Michigan State University (United States), Aarhus University (Denmark) and the Institute for Policy Interaction (Malawi) studied the costs of seeking and holding parliamentary office in Malawi.
“Gatherings like the YouLead summit are great as they give youth a platform to learn from those who have the experience and each other, but youth should not wait for things to be done for them: If they want to have a place in governance, they have the numbers, and if they want to change [...]
Over the past 16 months, WFD has worked with MPs in Uganda to build their capacity to engage with their respective stakeholders and generate momentum to influence Parliament’s agenda in favour of the advancement of women and youth in Uganda.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]