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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 [...]

Cost of Youth Emigration from Bosnia and Herzegovina

2020-06-12T13:02:59+00:00June 12th, 2020|Democracy Matters, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

How much money does Bosnia and Herzegovina lose due to youth emigration? Bosnia and Herzegovina is losing up to €21,000 per person that leaves the country, according to new research from WFD’s Western Balkans Democracy Initiative. The latest figures from 2018 show that 44,700 people left the country and according to OECD data, the favourite [...]

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 [...]

Students spending lockdown in extra-curricular classes in North Macedonia

2020-05-11T08:38:43+00:00May 11th, 2020|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

In April 2020 almost 200 students in North Macedonia logged in to online sessions empowering them be active members of the academic community and society. Due to the measures to protect against COVID-19 in the country, students were among the first groups to change their lives with the closing down of schools and universities mid-March. [...]

During lockdown, WFD partner secures better health services for the chronically ill in Albania

2020-04-22T08:27:56+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Citizen engagement, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Civil society organisations (CSOs) are a channel through which citizens can engage constructively with government to make sure that adequate services are provided, helping to build more inclusive and accountable democracies. Their role is especially important during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as people’s freedoms are curtailed and usual channels of engagement with government are [...]

Moroccan Parliament using digital technology to reach citizens

2020-05-19T11:10:07+00:00April 9th, 2020|Citizen engagement, Morocco news, Open Parliament, Open Parliament Documents, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly affecting work and businesses across the world, notwithstanding its health effects. Planned activities are delayed or cancelled, and meetings are complicated, whilst digital technology is now facilitating communication between co-workers and helping institutions to reach out to their audiences.   Parliaments are among the institutions that cannot postpone their work and commitments. They play a crucial role [...]

Parliaments in Europe conducting Post-Legislative Scrutiny

2020-02-18T16:58:47+00:00February 18th, 2020|Democracy Matters, Parliaments, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

As the involvement of parliaments in the ex–post stage of law making remains under-theorised, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy has just released a new publication, providing an analysis of the main rules, practices and trends on PLS in Europe, focusing on the experience of seven national parliaments: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the [...]

Making democracy more inclusive of persons with disabilities in North Macedonia

2019-12-20T15:55:58+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

In North Macedonia, WFD is working with persons with disabilities (PWDs), a marginalised and underrepresented group in society, to ensure their needs are at the top of the policy agenda. This work is being done as part of WFD's Western Balkans Democracy Initiative. Through the initiative, WFD has built partnerships with PWD advocacy groups to [...]