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Getting Better Rights for Women Workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2019-09-16T15:31:33+00:00September 16th, 2019|Bosnia, Europe, Women’s Political Leadership|

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, workers in the private sector are mostly underpaid, their employment status is often not regulated enough, and they are paid their salaries in illegal ways, which means they get fewer pension benefits. What is more, employers often violate or deny their employees’ labour rights. This means that workers worry that [...]

International Day of Democracy 2019

2019-09-15T07:06:12+00:00September 15th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Global Programmes, Kenya, Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Uganda|

September 15 2019 is International Day of Democracy, a day to step back and think about the state of democracy in the world, celebrate democratic achievements worldwide and consider how we can all stand up for democracy. In our 33 offices across the globe, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is marking the day [...]

Oversight of public spending in North Macedonia will foster trust

2019-09-05T12:05:07+00:00September 5th, 2019|Financial oversight, Macedonia, Open Parliament, Parliaments, Western Balkans, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

WFD works in North Macedonia to set up new ways to make state institutions more transparent, through increasing the level of scrutiny over public spending - which we believe will lead to a higher level of trust among citizens in key state institutions' capabilities.  One way which the Assembly is doing this is by setting [...]

Call for Long-Term and Short-Term Election Observers – Kosovo

2019-08-29T08:40:14+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Kosovo, Observation missions - Active calls, WFD closed vacancies|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is now initiating the selection process for Long-Term and Short-Term Observers to observe Early Parliamentary Elections in Kosovo. Please note: The Election Date is not set yet and possible dates would include the 22 September, the 29 September or the 06 October. Please be aware of the long time span [...]

Violence against women in politics affects more than 60% in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2019-09-18T08:47:50+00:00July 26th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, Women’s Political Leadership|

Almost 50 per cent of women over the age of 15 in Bosnia and Herzegovina have experienced some form of violence. Numbers relating to violence against politically active women are harder to come by. As part of a three-year programme (2018–2021), Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) prepared a landmark survey – the first dedicated [...]

Investigating how public funds are spent in North Macedonia

2019-07-23T16:04:07+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Citizen engagement, Financial oversight, Macedonia, Open Parliament, Western Balkans|

Six investigative stories analysing the spending of public funds in North Macedonia have been published to allow citizens to access information on how money is distributed by institutions, highlighting the importance of transparent and accountable spending. The stories were prepared by eight journalists, with the support of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), and [...]

Green Academy: making politics work for young people in North Macedonia

2019-07-05T14:47:27+00:00July 5th, 2019|Macedonia, Political party|

During the first London Climate Action week, Eleanor Morrisey - Project Coordinator for the Young Greens in WFD’s Multi-Party Office - explains how they are connecting young people interested in sustainability and climate change from England and Wales with their counterparts in North Macedonia. We were excited to launch the Green Academy back in [...]

Parliamentary boycotts in the Western Balkans: a challenge to institutional democracy

2019-07-25T10:42:22+00:00June 24th, 2019|Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Western Balkans|

Boycotting parliament has become an increasingly common occurrence in parliamentary life in the Western Balkans.  The practice of official or unofficial boycotts of legislatures, the main representative institution for citizens, has become a norm in political life in the region. In recent years - and decades in some cases - boycotting of parliament took place [...]

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 [...]

Getting more Bosnian women into politics

2019-04-29T15:35:39+00:00April 5th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, Women’s Political Leadership|

Equality between women and men is clearly enshrined in Bosnia and Herzegovina's constitution and yet, gender inequality persists in all spheres of society. Women are under-represented in political life, particularly in high-ranking positions and elected offices. Despite the obligatory 40% gender quotas for election lists, women’s actual representation remains low in all levels of [...]