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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

2020-07-13T10:02:48+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 [...]

Digital by default is a dangerous path for Parliaments

2020-06-23T10:18:39+00:00May 28th, 2020|#PanDemTracker, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

By Victoria Hasson, WFD's Senior Parliamentary Adviser Around the world parliaments are going virtual. But what this looks like, and its implications for the institution’s democratic standing, varies as widely as the impact of COVID-19 on any given country. The dangers of going digital are easy to anticipate and beginning to surface.  What is clear [...]

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, [...]

Accountability in the absence of parliament: North Macedonia’s unique COVID-19 governance challenge

2020-07-08T15:44:57+00:00May 14th, 2020|#PanDemTracker, Parliaments, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

By Chris Levick, WFD Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia Governments around the world have introduced emergency measures to fight the coronavirus, often alongside significant financial support packages designed to cushion the economic impacts of the virus and ensure livelihoods. Within Europe we have seen some extreme examples: The Hungarian parliament – with its hefty [...]

MPs in Nepal scrutinise decades-old laws invoked by Government to respond to COVID-19

2020-05-14T08:42:16+00:00May 13th, 2020|Nepal News, Parliamentary, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

The Government of Nepal has invoked the Infectious Disease Act 1964 to battle coronavirus, including through enforcing quarantine. The Legislation Management Committee of the National Assembly has announced that it will conduct post-legislative scrutiny of the 57-year old law as part of its role to scrutinise government.