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Reporting on Democracy Support: Stories vs. Graphs

2019-11-08T14:41:15+00:00November 7th, 2019|Delivering Democracy Support, Democracy Matters, MEL Matters|

Governance and oversight of the democracy- and governance-support sector  relies heavily  on reporting, specifically reporting in a narrative format. However, that type of reporting, which for some parts of the sector have come to be largely synonymous with “monitoring”, is only useful for certain purposes and is limiting for a variety of reasons. How is WFD tackling the challenge?

Following the law: Combatting discrimination and human rights violations through post-legislative scrutiny

2019-10-30T10:12:36+00:00October 30th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Indonesia, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

WFD's Senior Governance Advisor, Franklin de Vrieze, explains the importance of assessing the implementation, impact and unintended effects of legislation for the protection and promotion of human rights in Indonesia. “Public expectations of parliaments’ legislative success have evolved substantially, from getting laws on the statute book to ensuring that laws are brought into effect and [...]

The governance community’s Tootsie Pop problem

2019-10-29T10:59:29+00:00August 27th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Research, Thinking and Working Politically|

WFD's Director of Research and Evaluation Graeme Ramshaw explores how in governance, looking at how and why things happen can be just as important as the end result.   After several months immersed in content on politics and development, thinking and working politically (TWP), and adaptive management, my mind is awash with ‘wicked problems’, intractable [...]

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

2019-10-24T13:11:54+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 [...]