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E-governance and digital transformation: building a bridge of trust with CSOs and parliament in Lebanon

2021-07-16T14:17:21+00:00July 16th, 2021|Parliamentary, Parliaments|

Since the 2018 parliamentary elections, Lebanon’s commitment to digital transformation has ramped up. The switch to an e-government builds on a growing momentum amongst politicians and civil society activists who believe that digital transformation can increase transparency and accountability within the government. As part of its programme to Strengthen Parliamentary Practices and Accountability in Lebanon, [...]

Women and media coverage in the Albanian 2021 election campaigns

2021-06-10T13:21:29+00:00June 10th, 2021|Elections, Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The election campaigns during the parliamentary elections of 25 April, 2021 in Albania, were quite dynamic and with a noticeable increase in the number of female MP candidates. However, these figures did not translate into higher representation of women in the media contents. The audio-visual media during the last parliamentary elections continued to have gaps [...]

Women in political programmes during the 2021 parliamentary elections in Albania

2021-05-21T19:30:36+00:00May 21st, 2021|Elections, Parliamentary, Women MPs of the World|

The programmes of political parties are of utmost importance, especially in the pre-election period. For this reason, identifying and addressing issues that improve the citizens' quality of life, with emphasis on the disadvantaged social groups, ought to be an important part of an electoral force's political offer. To better understand the challenges of political parties [...]

Not just a décor: A better placed youth in Montenegrin politics

2021-03-22T17:20:09+00:00March 21st, 2021|Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

It is often emphasized worldwide that young people are our future – but we often forget to pay enough attention to the face that young people are also our present. In Montenegro, this is evident in almost all aspects of life, politics included. Montenegin democracy needs young leaders to bring in the energy and enthusiasm [...]

Supporting the Sierra Leone Parliament in its commitment to openness and accessibility

2021-03-08T09:02:00+00:00March 8th, 2021|Open Parliament, Parliamentary|

Parliaments are fundamental institutions of democratic governance. Effective parliaments contribute to the rule of law, economic prosperity, and improved social welfare of a country. To support the Parliament of Sierra Leone in its commitment towards providing the best parliamentary services to its citizens, WFD partnered with the legislature of the West African state in developing [...]

Connecting parliaments: Harnessing digital dividends to increase transparency and citizen engagement

2021-03-04T13:05:33+00:00March 4th, 2021|Open Parliament Documents, Parliamentary|

As part of Participation and Openness Week - or POW! - WFD is pleased to launch our new report in partnership with MySociety - 'Connecting Parliaments: Harnessing digital dividends to increase transparency and citizen engagement'. The overarching argument of this paper is that parliamentary digital transformation is a relatively underfunded area of work, but a [...]

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 [...]