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Making democracy more inclusive of persons with disabilities in North Macedonia

2019-12-06T16:28:46+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Macedonia, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

In North Macedonia, WFD is working with persons with disabilities (PWDs), a marginalised and underrepresented group in society, to ensure their needs are at the top of the policy agenda. This work is being done as part of WFD's Western Balkans Democracy Initiative. Through the initiative, WFD has built partnerships with PWD advocacy groups to [...]

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 [...]

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

2019-11-15T14:28:18+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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]