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A growing global gap on good governance?

2019-07-25T10:29:48+00:00July 18th, 2019|Civil Society Space, CP4D, Democracy Matters|

Alex Thier reflects on the importance of democratic governance for sustainable development following the High Level Political Forum in New York.    Sitting in the grand halls of the United Nations this week, I am struck by a dangerous dichotomy. Lip service is paid (rightly and repeatedly) to the principles of inclusive, accountable governance, [...]

Democracy Under Pressure – or is it?

2019-06-28T15:22:18+00:00June 28th, 2019|Democracy Matters|

WFD's Chief Executive, Anthony Smith, responds to Democracy Under Pressure: A Global Survey - a joint product from the International Republican Institute (IRI) and french think-tank, the Fondation pour l'Innovation.   Understanding the political context in which international democracy support takes place is vital to ensure the right issues, including participation, oversight and transparency are [...]

It’s not (only) about the numbers: how to amplify the voices of women in politics

2019-06-27T11:08:46+00:00June 27th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Norms and Standards, Political Economy of Democracy Promotion, Women’s Political Leadership|

Dr Susan Dodsworth and Professor Nic Cheeseman  Across the world activists are working hard to get more women in politics. Their degree of success has varied. In Kenya, for example, women now make up almost 22% of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. This represents a significant improvement compared to 2010, when women [...]

Youth emigration costs Serbia €1.2 billion a year

2019-05-28T08:22:47+00:00May 24th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Serbia, Western Balkans, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Youth emigration could cost Serbia up to €1.2 billion per year and 4 out of 5 young Serbs think about emigrating. That’s according to new research which WFD and think tank the Institute for Development and Innovation have published. Serbia has one of the highest youth emigration levels in the Balkan region. While the main [...]

Engaging parliaments on reviewing legislative impact

2019-06-12T19:13:08+00:00May 9th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Process and Practice|

As parliaments worldwide start to pay more attention to implementation of legislation, the University of Hull and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) recently organised in London an expert seminar on Post-Legislative Scrutiny, bringing together academics, parliamentary researchers, parliamentarians and legislative impact specialists. Lord Norton of Louth captured the evolving expectations on the increasing role [...]

IPSA conference: challenges of transparency and trust in politics

2019-05-16T15:27:20+00:00April 25th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Open Parliament, Parliaments, Space and Access|

In March 2019, IPSA hosted the world’s first conference for international parliamentary regulators. We brought together colleagues from 13 countries on five continents: Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Scotland, Wales, Zambia and the UK. We talked about the challenges of ‘Transparency and Trust’ in deciding how [...]

WFD welcomes UN report on ending violence against women in politics

2019-05-16T15:36:29+00:00October 12th, 2018|Democracy Matters, Norms and Standards, Women’s Political Leadership|

WFD welcomes the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women in politics released on 5 October. The report offers valuable guidance and actions member states, their parliaments, political parties and electoral oversight bodies can and should take to address violence against women in politics. WFD’s Chief Executive Anthony Smith noted: [...]