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

2019-08-09T16:19:14+00:00July 26th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, Women’s Political Leadership|

Almost 50 per cent of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina experience some form of violence by the time they turn 15. However, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]