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WFD’s opens new Albania office

2019-02-27T09:48:44+00:00January 24th, 2019|Albania, Western Balkans|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) opened its office in Tirana on 23 January to support the Albanian parliament, political parties and civil society improve democracy on the country’s path to greater integration with Europe. The opening of the office is part of the Western Balkans Democracy Initiative which was made possible through UK government funding. It aims [...]

WFD support for democracy to expand to Albania under new Western Balkans initiative

2018-08-31T12:16:45+00:00August 31st, 2018|Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Western Balkans|

Following the London Western Balkans Summit, WFD will expand its presence to Albania as we launch a new programme to improve democratic culture in the region with support from the UK Government. WFD has been active in the Western Balkans since the early 2000s, when it led efforts to stabilise the region’s political institutions in [...]

Increasing openness of institutions in the Western Balkans

2018-08-09T14:16:07+00:00November 16th, 2017|Bosnia, Europe, Kosovo, Macedonia, Open Parliament, Serbia, Space and Access, Western Balkans|

On 16 November, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a Regional Road Map on Good Governance for the Western Balkans to support democratic institutions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia become more transparent and accountable. Since 2015, according to polling by the Policy Association for an Open Society, public trust in national institutions in [...]

WFD and UK Government support reform of Macedonia’s parliament

2018-08-08T14:14:32+00:00September 25th, 2017|Europe, Financial oversight, Macedonia|

On 15 September, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the UK Embassy to Macedonia launched an enhanced partnership with the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. The partnership will support an agenda of reforms to ensure parliament fulfills its role of representing the people and holding the executive to account following a time when public [...]

Follow the money: how WFD helped establish a watchdog in Mozambique

2018-07-20T08:06:34+00:00July 25th, 2017|Mozambique, Parliamentary, Western Balkans|

Democracy can help contrast corruption and enable fair distribution of resource by making information about government accounts available to the public. This is why we are working with the parliament of Mozambique to help them monitor spending. The country is developing very rapidly by tapping into a wealth of natural resources such as gas. Revenues [...]

Building citizens trust through openness and engagement

2018-08-28T14:47:50+00:00May 31st, 2017|Open Parliament, Ukraine|

May 2017 saw the arrival in Kyiv of over 300 people from 52 countries interested in parliamentary openness. The Global Legislative Openness Conference was a two-day event, hosted by the Ukrainian Parliament and organised by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and the Open Parliament Initiative in Ukraine. WFD participated through [...]

Kyrgyzstan: Launching KLAP to support Local Self-Governance

2018-04-12T16:29:59+00:00March 15th, 2017|Europe, Kyrgyzstan|

Local self-government systems are intended to bring power and decision-making closer to citizens and communities. As in many other post-Soviet countries, the Kyrgyz systems of local self-government have existed since independence in various forms. Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s new Kyrgyzstan Local Accountability Programme (KLAP) aims to support local councils to overcome governance issues. KLAP supports three local [...]

Supporting CSOs to engage with parliament in Macedonia

2018-08-28T15:29:03+00:00March 14th, 2017|Human Rights, Macedonia, Space and Access|

“I know very well the problems that people with disabilities and their families face” Blagica Dimitrovska from civil society organisation (CSO) “Inkluziva” explained: “as I am one of them.” Ms Dimitrovska is President at the Association for promotion and development of inclusive society – Inkluziva from Kumanovo, Macedonia, one of the 12 civil society organisations [...]

Scrutinising Government spending in Serbia

2018-07-27T12:08:53+00:00March 14th, 2017|Europe, Financial oversight, Serbia|

Ensuring taxpayers money ends up where citizens think it should requires time. Analysing the numbers, comparing levels of spend between departments and debating where you think the money should go is a lengthy process, but one that is essential for effective governance. Westminster Foundation for Democracy is committed to supporting the National Assembly of the [...]

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