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Sierra Leone Parliament: Holds first virtual state opening globally

2020-06-23T16:05:31+00:00June 12th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

Since COVID-19 first arrived in Sierra Leone, the Government has taken key measures to counter the pandemic including declaring a state of public emergency, issuing a ban on public gatherings, and travelling, and suspending all religious activities. In Parliament, the Speaker asked political party leaders to only have half of their members in the chambers, [...]

There’s no ‘right’ way to adapt elections to COVID-19 – but there is a right way to make those decisions

2020-06-23T10:13:38+00:00June 9th, 2020|#PanDemTracker, Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Elections, Elections|

As governments decide to postpone elections or alter electoral processes because of COVID-19, it is crucial that they have a transparent debate about doing so. Importantly, they must consult key stakeholders or public trust in the electoral processes can be severely damaged and democracy weakened.

East African youth call for involvement in navigating the COVID-19 response

2020-07-05T13:00:31+00:00June 8th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Sub - Saharan Africa, Uncategorized, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

"We want to be involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in East Africa." 90% of young East Africans who responded to a  survey on how COVID-19 has impacted their lives agreed with this statement. COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways. In East Africa, where over 70% of the population are young [...]

Strengthening the Parliament of Kenya to effectively promote inclusion and accountability

2020-07-07T14:30:14+00:00June 7th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

In Kenya, WFD is carrying out its Inclusive and Accountable Programme (IAP) in partnership with Senate and National Assembly. The programme aims to improve the ability of the Parliament of Kenya to effectively address corruption and promote inclusion and accountability, helping it become a more open and efficient institution that responds to citizens’ needs. Through [...]

Advocating for Transparency and Accountability in COVID-19 Funds Management in Nigeria

2020-06-11T08:37:59+00:00May 16th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Financial oversight, Parliamentary|

In Nigeria, in addition to funds mobilised by government to fight the pandemic and support citizens, the private sector and the international community has contributed money and materials to support the fight against COVID-19.  However, it is important that democracy is promoted, by ensuring accountability and transparency in the use of the funds, inclusion, equality, [...]

WFD joins Campaign for Good Governance on a National call to calm and unity

2020-06-11T08:51:10+00:00May 10th, 2020|Democracy and Governance|

On the 8th May 2020, Sierra Leone experienced a 90-minute light on its journey to hope and unity through a National Conference focused on discussing strategies that will urge all political parties and the government to tone down unhelpful rhetorics, utterances and actions. The country’s democratic pillars of good governance, respect for human rights and protection of national [...]

Building political trust can keep democracies healthy during the pandemic and beyond

2020-05-06T08:50:46+00:00May 4th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Research|

One factor seems to dictate the extent to which governments have been able to respond successfully to the pandemic: political trust. In fact, existing research suggests that political trust may be the glue which holds democracies together. But, outside of Western democracies, we don’t know all that much about political trust, or about how political institutions like parliaments might built it up. WFD is looking into it.