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Finance and Budgetary job vacancies x 4 – Skopje, North Macedonia

2019-11-14T14:46:29+00:00October 31st, 2019|Macedonia, WFD current vacancies|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is supporting the Assembly of Republic of North Macedonia to establish a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).  The establishment of the PBO is intended to strengthen the capacities of the Parliamentary Service to provide support to the Assembly in conducting systematised and meaningful financial scrutiny, through sustainable provision of relevant financial [...]

Youth emigration is damaging Western Balkan economies

2019-10-24T15:15:53+00:00October 24th, 2019|Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

With the highest emigration rates in Europe, the Western Balkans face a range of economic and social consequences because of people leaving to find a better life abroad. What is more, young people are the most represented group among emigrants, so the future development of these countries will see more and more challenges. Westminster Foundation [...]

Making it more affordable to run for office in Albania

2019-10-04T14:31:08+00:00September 26th, 2019|Albania, Europe, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Voters examine the voter lists, Tirana. Source: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly / Flickr In September 2019, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Albanian Enterprise Institute published a study which outlined and analysed the costs that at present are incurred by party candidates. The study reveals how much the political landscape in Albania is open to [...]

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 [...]

Oversight of public spending in North Macedonia will foster trust

2019-09-23T12:41:41+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

2019-10-04T09:38:06+00:00July 26th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, 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 [...]