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Legislative leadership in the time of COVID-19

2021-01-19T13:03:39+00:00January 19th, 2021|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Parliaments, Research|

Legislatures are central to modern democratic politics, holding governments to account, and scrutinising legislation in order to generate more effective public policy. Yet during moments of crisis, legislatures are often bypassed as presidents and prime ministers prioritise a rapid response. The concern that legislatures will be marginalised, with greater power concentrated in the hands of [...]

Improving the Sierra Leone Parliament’s access to crucial gender-sensitive data

2021-01-04T17:39:05+00:00January 4th, 2021|Parliamentary, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic requires consolidated efforts from all fronts. As democratic representatives of the people, parliaments have the key responsibility of examining policies and their impact on citizens. This is essential in times of a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, WFD launched a project focused on supporting the Parliament of Sierra Leone by improving its access to crucial gender-sensitive data during the pandemic.  Gendered statistics are fundamental in understanding how COVID-19 affects different groups in society. For example: are pregnant women able to seek [...]

Parliaments: the missing piece?

2020-12-09T10:26:17+00:00December 9th, 2020|Democracy Matters, Fragile and Conflict Affected States, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

This blog was first published by PSA Parliaments: The UK Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments. Read the full report by  Professor Nina Caspersen and Dr Gyda Sindre at the University of York.  Since 1992, Westminster Foundation for Democracy has supported democratic systems as they emerge out of conflict and into peace and stability. Currently, we [...]

Supporters, spoilers or sidelined: the role of parliaments in peacebuilding

2020-12-18T11:19:56+00:00November 26th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Fragile and Conflict Affected States, Parliamentary, Research|

  Parliaments are likely to play a crucial role when states transition from war towards peace. Yet this role is often overlooked and very little research exists on the role of parliaments in peace processes and peacebuilding. Parliaments are an important arena for the inclusion of warring parties, and the resulting interactions could either aid [...]

Young parliamentarians at the heart of advancing youth interests in Nigeria

2020-11-20T11:44:23+00:00November 20th, 2020|Parliamentary, Parliaments, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

A healthy democracy needs to include everyone in decision-making processes and structures of governance. However, in many parts of the world young people, women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) have often been relegated to the side-lines. At WFD, we believe that there are endless possibilities and opportunities that can be realized when all people are [...]

How parliaments can keep an eye on surveillance technology during COVID-19

2020-11-23T11:24:16+00:00November 18th, 2020|Parliamentary|

COVID-19 could affect a shift towards a surveillance culture. Once introduced, privacy-infringing technologies may be difficult to reverse. The next generation of digital technology and artificial intelligence could enable autocratic countries or those with weak democracies to identify and curb opposition. In democratic countries, there is a need for open discussion on how to prevent [...]

Second Report on the Parliamentary Response to COVID-19 and States of Emergency (SoE) in the Western Balkans

2020-11-11T09:50:46+00:00November 11th, 2020|Parliamentary, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The outbreak of COVID-19 is proving to be an unprecedented global crisis which is causing virtually all public institutions and authorities to respond and to act. Our experience with the Human Rights and Gender Equality Network of Committees in the Western Balkan (HUGEN) shows that parliaments are no exception as they employ their capacities to [...]

WFD initiates PLS processes in the Western Balkans to help improve legislation

2020-11-02T09:00:35+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Legislative Scrutiny, Parliamentary, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

Our Human Right and and Gender Equality Network of Committees (HUGEN) in the Western Balkans is working on improving regional cooperation between eight parliaments, adopting best international practise related to human rights and gender legislation but also on enhancing parliamentary oversight. Therefore, one of the first joint activities of HUGEN is the piloting the post-legislative [...]

Supporting a more inclusive and accountable Parliament for all Kenyans

2020-11-17T16:13:50+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 [...]

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 [...]