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Supporting the women securing a peaceful transition towards democracy in Sudan

2020-10-28T11:04:05+00:00October 29th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Women’s Political Leadership|

Sudan’s 2019 revolution, which abruptly ended the military regime of Omar al-Bashir, showed the world that Sudanese women are standing shoulder to shoulder with men in the fight for democracy. Powerfully, the image that has become synonymous with the revolution in Sudan is that of Alaa Salah; a young woman, dressed in white, passionately addressing [...]

Supporting a more inclusive and accountable Parliament for all Kenyans

2020-10-28T12:14:23+00:00October 28th, 2020|Citizen engagement, Civil Society Space, Democracy and Governance, Open Parliament, Parliamentary|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) believes in democratic political systems that are fair, inclusive, transparent and accountable. In support of this cause, WFD has been working with the Kenyan Parliament since 2011 and has supported the institution to build its capacity in areas of research, oversight, law-making, and citizen engagement. Currently, WFD Kenya is implementing [...]

Reflecting on a decade of democratic strengthening in Ghana

2020-10-27T11:14:03+00:00October 27th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Sub - Saharan Africa|

In October 2020, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) held an event in Ghana to mark the successful completion of the current WFD programme in the country. It was an occasion to reflect on ten years of programmes to strengthen democracy in the country. WFD nurtured the new generation of Ghanaian leaders through its Commonwealth Partnership [...]

Can sunset clauses live up to their promise?

2020-10-26T17:47:00+00:00October 27th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Parliaments|

COVID-19 emergency legislation is often fast-tracked, approved without much parliamentary scrutiny, expanding executive powers while limiting individual rights. Can sunset clauses provide a counterbalance by guaranteeing the temporary nature of the COVID-19 emergency legislation? Experience from anti-terrorism legislation suggests that sunset clauses may reinject democratic accountability, but only if there is a high quality and [...]

Case study 3: Data and gender-sensitive post-legislative scrutiny

2020-10-20T11:18:00+00:00October 20th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, PDF Document, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

The case study titled ‘Data collection and gender-sensitive post-legislative scrutiny’ examines the importance and the key role of gender-sensitive data in gender-sensitive post-legislative scrutiny.  The present document identifies the relationship between gender, legislation and data, examines the concept of gender-sensitive data and its features, importance, sources and potential uses in post legislative scrutiny. It explores [...]

Parliamentary Committees: windows into the world of COVID-19 legislation and its impact

2020-10-19T14:26:01+00:00October 19th, 2020|#PanDemTracker, Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Parliamentary|

How do journalists and citizens find out about these real-world impacts of government’s policy responses to COVID-19? How can we question government for the decisions they make that are impacting us all, particularly our most vulnerable? One answer is: parliamentary committees. These bodies have emerged as the forum of choice when it comes to providing [...]

Doing development democratically: The foundation of open societies and open economies

2020-09-22T10:44:18+00:00September 15th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Thinking and Working Politically|

by Dr Graeme Ramshaw, WFD's Director of Research and Evaluation The international development community has been going about its governance support work all wrong. At least, that is what political thinker Karl Popper would have said. For decades, UKAid and others have been focused on the question of who should govern, deploying significant resources to [...]

Celebrating International Day of Democracy 2020

2020-09-15T12:48:19+00:00September 15th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters|

A strong, healthy democracy needs constant care and attention, even in good times. During a crisis we need to be even more vigilant. The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt democracy, amid a long-term trend of democratic decline. However, we know that democracy is key to solving the major challenges facing the world in 2020. Democracy can [...]