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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

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

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 [...]

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 [...]