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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 [...]

Representing reality? The cost of politics and the impact on diversity in Ghana

2018-08-06T11:07:53+00:00March 28th, 2018|Elections, Elections, Ghana, Research, Space and Access|

Is there a correlation between the high costs involved with running for political office in Ghana and the lack of youth and women represented in politics? Westminster Foundation for Democracy's new research report, launched in Accra early March, in partnership with the Centre for Democratic Development (Ghana), explores the impact the 59% increase in average [...]

Stopping violence against women in politics: time for a new normal

2018-08-06T14:22:48+00:00March 21st, 2018|General subjects, Human Rights, Norms and Standards, Political party, Research, Women’s Political Leadership|

Hungry for good news about politics? Here’s some: more women than ever before are participating in politics worldwide. It’s a global trend that signals positive outcomes for inclusive governance. However, as the number of women engaging in political activity has grown, so has the frequency and degree of violent responses to their presence in politics. [...]

UK political parties host international summit on violence against women in politics

2018-08-06T14:21:57+00:00February 27th, 2018|Political party, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 19-20 March, UK political parties – Conservatives, DUP, Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Labour, Plaid Cymru and SNP – in partnership with WFD, will convene legislators and activists from 20 countries for a two-day conference in London to identify practical means to address violence against women in politics. Over 50 speakers including party leaders, ministers and experts from UN Women, Amnesty International, the [...]

WFD research to inform cost of politics talks in Ghana

2018-04-10T12:53:15+00:00January 31st, 2018|Elections, Ghana, Parliamentary, Political party, Research, Sub-Saharan Africa|

At what point does the cost to stand for election become so high it affects equality, trust and good governance? New data shows the cost of running for political office in Ghana went up by nearly 60% over one single electoral cycle (2012-2016). Opening the second phase of WFD’s flagship research into the cost of politics, [...]

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 [...]

How strong democracy can help make development sustainable

2018-08-08T14:24:50+00:00October 31st, 2017|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Political party, Research|

This month we interview Tina Fahm, Commissioner at the Independent Aid Commission and recently appointed WFD Associate. Establishing effective and legitimate multi-party democracy, is not something one organisation can help achieve in isolation. That’s why we are building a community of associates who can contribute advice and support to our programmes. With a background as an auditor, Tina [...]

WFD launches new partnership for electoral assistance in Africa

2018-08-12T19:37:22+00:00September 25th, 2017|Elections, Sub-Saharan Africa|

On 12 September 2017, WFD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) to expand its electoral assistance programme during a side event to the Democracy UK conference marking 25 years since the establishment of the Foundation. WFD’s new Strategic Framework 2017-2022 outlines the organisation’s focus on building of partnerships with [...]