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International Day of Democracy 2019

2019-10-24T10:28:32+00:00September 15th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Global Programmes, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda|

September 15 2019 is International Day of Democracy, a day to step back and think about the state of democracy in the world, celebrate democratic achievements worldwide and consider how we can all stand up for democracy. In our 33 offices across the globe, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is marking the day [...]

The governance community’s Tootsie Pop problem

2019-10-29T10:59:29+00:00August 27th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Research, Thinking and Working Politically|

WFD's Director of Research and Evaluation Graeme Ramshaw explores how in governance, looking at how and why things happen can be just as important as the end result.   After several months immersed in content on politics and development, thinking and working politically (TWP), and adaptive management, my mind is awash with ‘wicked problems’, intractable [...]

Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World

2018-09-27T05:16:01+00:00September 15th, 2018|Delivering Democracy Support, Democracy and Governance, Political Economy of Democracy Promotion|

The theme for International Day of Democracy this year - Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a changing world – has been relevant for at least ten years and won’t disappear any time soon. We see it on a regular basis as growing inequality fuels a feeling of unfairness and elected autocrats generate a feeling of hopelessness. [...]

Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures updated at Wilton Park meeting

2018-08-03T18:25:12+00:00June 25th, 2018|CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Norms and Standards, Research|

On 18-20 June, representatives of Commonwealth parliaments met at Wilton Park to review and update the 2006 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures. The meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) under the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), brought together representatives from the Maltese, Canadian, Indian, Pakistani, [...]

New Chair of WFD appointed by Foreign Secretary

2018-07-24T10:35:51+00:00May 30th, 2018|Democracy and Governance|

New Chairman of Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), Richard Graham MP, says time for democracies to see off both new and traditional threats to accountability Following his first official engagement, meeting the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania on 29 May, Richard Graham MP said “in these divisive times the temptations of autocracy to government as [...]

WFD to lead new Commonwealth programme on parliamentary accountability and inclusion

2018-07-24T10:34:43+00:00April 17th, 2018|Asia, Democracy and Governance, Sub-Saharan Africa|

WFD will implement a £4 million programme to build trust in democratic institutions and support the political engagement of minorities and vulnerable groups in 18 developing countries across the Commonwealth. The programme, funded by the UK Government as Chair of the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM), was announced by Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon Boris [...]

UK democracy assistance: Westminster Foundation for Democracy in 2017

2018-08-08T14:19:41+00:00December 18th, 2017|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Political party|

By Anthony Smith, Chief Executive This year saw WFD turn 25 (we were established in 1992). As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to recall some of our best results and lessons learnt over the last 12 months. January: making politics affordable in developing countries We presented findings and recommendations from WFD research into [...]

New parliamentary benchmarks endorsed by Commonwealth Conference

2018-09-20T09:29:52+00:00November 29th, 2017|CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Norms and Standards, Research|

On 6 November, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, endorsed a recommendation by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)  that “Parliaments should use updated Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures as a tool to ensure their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 16 (on inclusive and accountable governance)”. The launch of the Benchmarks for Democratic [...]