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Supporting peace and reconciliation in Sudan

2018-07-24T10:33:42+00:00April 17th, 2018|Sub-Saharan Africa|

Iain Gill, WFD Associate On 21 January, I ran a Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) training programme on peace and reconciliation in Sudan in association with the British Embassy in Khartoum. The training brought together more than 25 representatives from opposition parties to learn from the peace process in Northern Ireland. The inclusive nature of [...]

Representing reality? The cost of politics and the impact on diversity in Ghana

2018-08-06T11:07:53+00:00March 28th, 2018|Elections, Elections, Ghana, Research, Space and Access|

Is there a correlation between the high costs involved with running for political office in Ghana and the lack of youth and women represented in politics? Westminster Foundation for Democracy's new research report, launched in Accra early March, in partnership with the Centre for Democratic Development (Ghana), explores the impact the 59% increase in average [...]

Inclusive elections: promoting youth political participation in Sierra Leone

2018-07-30T16:25:11+00:00February 25th, 2018|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Sierra Leone, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

On 7 March, over 3 million Sierra Leoneans will go to the polls to elect the President, Parliament and local councils. As part of a broader programme to make the electoral process more inclusive, WFD trained 35 Youth Peace Ambassadors to promote peaceful political participation. Violence marred all previous elections, with young people often behind [...]

WFD and CPA UK, together for Gambian National Assembly

2018-08-10T17:20:16+00:00January 31st, 2018|Gambia, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Less than one year after democracy was restored to The Gambia, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, agreed a partnership programme with the National Assembly at a function in the House of Commons in the presence of the Rt. Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, [...]

WFD research to inform cost of politics talks in Ghana

2018-04-10T12:53:15+00:00January 31st, 2018|Elections, Ghana, Parliamentary, Political party, Research, Sub-Saharan Africa|

At what point does the cost to stand for election become so high it affects equality, trust and good governance? New data shows the cost of running for political office in Ghana went up by nearly 60% over one single electoral cycle (2012-2016). Opening the second phase of WFD’s flagship research into the cost of politics, [...]

WFD launches new partnership for electoral assistance in Africa

2018-08-12T19:37:22+00:00September 25th, 2017|Elections, Sub-Saharan Africa|

On 12 September 2017, WFD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) to expand its electoral assistance programme during a side event to the Democracy UK conference marking 25 years since the establishment of the Foundation. WFD’s new Strategic Framework 2017-2022 outlines the organisation’s focus on building of partnerships with [...]

WFD launches new partnership for electoral assistance in Africa

2018-02-09T17:27:02+00:00September 18th, 2017|Elections, Sub-Saharan Africa|

On 12 September 2017, WFD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) to expand its electoral assistance programme during a side event to the Democracy UK conference marking 25 years since the establishment of the Foundation. WFD’s new Strategic Framework 2017-2022 outlines the organisation’s focus on building of partnerships with [...]

Agenda for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2018 elections launched in Freetown

2018-07-30T15:13:32+00:00August 25th, 2017|Elections, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political party, Sierra Leone, Sub-Saharan Africa, Themes|

On 24 August 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in partnership with Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI), launched a new National Agenda for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the electoral and political process ahead of Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections. Globally, approximately 15 per cent of the population have a disability, 80 per cent [...]

Better laws for Ghana: making data accessible to legislators

2018-04-10T11:41:08+00:00July 25th, 2017|Ghana, Parliamentary, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Sitting in the Library of the House of Commons it’s hard to imagine how legislators could lack good quality research to inform their legislative initiatives. Systems, researchers and the library in the Parliament of Ghana worked in isolation, leaving legislators and their offices confused about help on offer and diminishing the effectiveness of the institution. [...]

New programme: helping Nigerian youth build a democracy that delivers

2018-08-08T08:06:40+00:00July 25th, 2017|Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

On 25 July, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a new Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) to support the advancement of democracy in Nigeria through increased political participation and electoral representation of young people. At 60%, Nigeria has one of the highest shares of people aged between 18 and 35 in the world. Young people make [...]