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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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]