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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 [...]

Five compelling reasons for parliamentary involvement in public debt management

2020-07-16T07:02:42+00:00July 16th, 2020|Parliamentary, Parliaments|

By Geoff Dubrow, Public Financial Management Expert On July 14th, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) released its new brief, entitled “The Role of Parliament in Public Debt Management Weathering the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond”. Here are five compelling arguments, discussed in the brief, for parliamentary involvement in public debt management. #1: GETTING THE FULL [...]

A new communication portal for the Moroccan Parliament

2020-07-03T11:14:53+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Democracy Matters, Morocco news, Open Parliament, Open Parliament Documents, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

Open parliaments are the cornerstones of democracy. They represent people’s voices, pass laws and oversee governments’ actions. Opening parliaments has many benefits including effective outcomes in key policy areas, better quality legislation and most importantly improved trust relationships between citizens and the parliament. Morocco officially joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2018. The House [...]