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Parliamentary Committees: windows into the world of COVID-19 legislation and its impact

2020-10-19T14:26:01+00:00October 19th, 2020|#PanDemTracker, Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Parliamentary|

How do journalists and citizens find out about these real-world impacts of government’s policy responses to COVID-19? How can we question government for the decisions they make that are impacting us all, particularly our most vulnerable? One answer is: parliamentary committees. These bodies have emerged as the forum of choice when it comes to providing [...]

Devex interviews WFD CEO Anthony Smith

2020-10-15T17:16:14+00:00October 15th, 2020|Democracy Matters|

WFD's CEO, Anthony Smith, spoke to Devex about putting democracy at the heart of the UK's international strategy. He argued that democracy and human rights are a critically important part of the UK’s values and directly relevant to our national interests and outlined a three-pronged strategy for the UK's democratic strengthening work. Read the interview [...]

Doing development democratically: The foundation of open societies and open economies

2020-09-22T10:44:18+00:00September 15th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Thinking and Working Politically|

by Dr Graeme Ramshaw, WFD's Director of Research and Evaluation The international development community has been going about its governance support work all wrong. At least, that is what political thinker Karl Popper would have said. For decades, UKAid and others have been focused on the question of who should govern, deploying significant resources to [...]

Celebrating International Day of Democracy 2020

2020-09-15T12:48:19+00:00September 15th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters|

A strong, healthy democracy needs constant care and attention, even in good times. During a crisis we need to be even more vigilant. The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt democracy, amid a long-term trend of democratic decline. However, we know that democracy is key to solving the major challenges facing the world in 2020. Democracy can [...]

Helping to bring to life the National Assembly of Pakistan’s vision for democracy

2020-07-28T08:40:30+00:00July 28th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters|

Parliaments across the world are facing increased demand to deliver the dividends of democracy and hold government to account while representing the interests and aspirations of the people. At the very outset, parliaments are required to enhance their systems with democratic values and inclusive approaches within the political and social environment of the country. To play their constitutional [...]