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Landmark regional conference in Yangon on better laws for citizens

2019-06-18T11:28:42+00:00June 17th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Research, Sri Lanka|

Over 600 legislators, senior civil servants and experts in democracy have come together today (17 June) to share insights into how parliaments in Asia and around the world are monitoring and reviewing laws to ensure they work effectively for citizens, at a conference in Yangon, Myanmar. Delegates have come from Myanmar and 44 other [...]

Indonesia leads the way on parliamentary commitment to openness in Asia

2019-04-18T14:06:12+00:00April 17th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Open Parliament, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|

As election day in Indonesia comes to an end, will the appointment of over 20,000 new legislators make its parliament more open and transparent? Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy and 192 million voters are going to the polls today. That is why, as in any democracy, it is important to have an open [...]

Helping women run for office in upcoming Sri Lanka local elections

2018-08-09T11:06:52+00:00April 26th, 2017|Asia, Sri Lanka, Women’s Political Leadership|

“I had heard about the new women quota for elections but had little knowledge on how local government operates and the opportunities for public involvement”, says Ms. Jeeva Nishanthini, a 26-year-old local Tamil resident from the Nuwara Eliya district, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Between October 2016 and March 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), [...]

Development Effectiveness and the Sustainable Development Goals

2018-04-10T10:59:52+00:00September 5th, 2016|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Morocco, Sri Lanka|

From alleviating extreme poverty to reducing the impact of climate change for future generations, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) – agreed by world leaders last September – comprise a broad and challenging set of commitments for all states. Steps must now be taken to ensure that the goals are implemented by 2030. But what role [...]