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Leadership for Inclusion : Report launch

2021-09-23T09:52:06+00:00September 14th, 2021|Events|

Strong democracies need legislation and policies which recognise, measure and plan for the specific needs of and impacts on all citizens. In particular for people who have been, and are minoritised and marginalised, legislation and policy are needed that improves and secures their rights. However, political leadership is essential for inclusive legislative change to be successfully realised.    On [...]

2021 advanced course on post-legislative scrutiny

2021-04-19T15:00:49+00:00April 19th, 2021|Events, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London (IALS-UoL) are happy to announce the launch of the Advanced Certified Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny.  What is Post-Legislative Scrutiny? Post-legislative scrutiny, or simply PLS, is the practice used to monitor and evaluate the implementation of legislation, ensuring laws benefit constituents [...]

Women political leaders: Evidence of the impact of gender on democracy

2021-03-25T20:42:20+00:00March 11th, 2021|Events, Women’s Political Leadership|

The 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) focuses on: women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. At this official side event at CSW65, WFD presents a panel [...]

Combatting Corruption Capably in Parliamentary Democracies

2021-03-18T13:46:09+00:00February 24th, 2021|Events, Financial oversight|

This session is being delivered as part of the OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum 2021. The triangle interaction between parliamentary Public Accounts Committees, Supreme Audit Institutions and Anti-Corruption Agencies will be debated in this panel discussion, based on a review of the specific roles of these institutions in a parliamentary democracy in the context [...]

Parliaments and peacebuilding: Evidence from research and programming

2021-02-11T10:16:59+00:00February 10th, 2021|Events, Parliamentary|

Parliaments have in general not been front and centre in peace-building theory and literature, and to speak about them in the context of peace-building remains exceptional. And yet the international community has long recognized a causal relationship between strong democratic domestic institutions and peace. The event, organized jointly by UNDP and the Westminster Foundation for [...]

The role of civic, social and political movements in Albania

2021-02-08T12:02:46+00:00February 8th, 2021|Events|

WFD Albania is pleased to invite you to a webinar to discuss the role of civic/social/political movements in the past, present and future. The title in Albanian is "Lëvizjet Qytetare në Shqipëri – në VendNumëro?" Based on the study commissioned by WFD Albania “Social (Civic) Movements in Albania: An Analysis on Citizens’ Perception and Movements [...]

Why parliaments should review laws to ensure they are effective: principles and practices of post-legislative scrutiny

2021-01-28T11:44:52+00:00January 28th, 2021|Events, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy are delighted to host a panel discussion on the why parliaments should review laws to ensure they are effective, a process known as Post-Legislative Scrutiny. Panellists will discuss the key principles and practices of this innovative practice, sharing lessons from their own experience. The event will be co-hosted by Agora, the [...]

Parliaments, crackdowns and COVID-19: protecting people’s democratic freedoms

2021-02-19T10:04:46+00:00January 21st, 2021|Events|

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of countries worldwide have introduced severe restrictions to civic space. In some countries, governments have used the pandemic as an excuse to pass long-planned reforms to crack down on civic freedoms. These recent developments are a concern to citizens worldwide. What can parliaments around the world do [...]

Legislative leadership in the time of Covid-19

2021-01-06T16:21:20+00:00January 6th, 2021|Events, Research|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy is launching a research paper on the role that parliaments have played so far during the COVID-19 crisis as part of our ongoing partnership with the University of Birmingham. The pandemic generated challenges for all democratic institutions, and legislatures were no exceptions, having to consider how to adapt to debate, pass [...]

Inclusive and Participatory Approaches to Constitution Building in Sudan: The Role of Women

2021-01-06T16:23:32+00:00December 14th, 2020|Events, Violence Against Women in Politics|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy would like to invite you to a webinar on 16th December 2020 to discuss inclusive and participatory approaches to constitution building with a specific focus on the role of women within constitutional processes. The event will focus on the Sudanese transitional process, with a central discussion addressing the inclusion and representation [...]