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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 [...]

Youth emigration is damaging Western Balkan economies

2019-10-24T15:15:53+00:00October 24th, 2019|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

With the highest emigration rates in Europe, the Western Balkans face a range of economic and social consequences because of people leaving to find a better life abroad. What is more, young people are the most represented group among emigrants, so the future development of these countries will see more and more challenges. Westminster Foundation [...]

Making it more affordable to run for office in Albania

2019-12-06T16:23:47+00:00September 26th, 2019|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Voters examine the voter lists, Tirana. Source: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly / Flickr In September 2019, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Albanian Enterprise Institute published a study which outlined and analysed the costs that at present are incurred by party candidates. The study reveals how much the political landscape in Albania is open to [...]

Oversight of public spending in North Macedonia will foster trust

2019-09-23T12:41:41+00:00September 5th, 2019|Financial oversight, Open Parliament, Parliaments, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

WFD works in North Macedonia to set up new ways to make state institutions more transparent, through increasing the level of scrutiny over public spending - which we believe will lead to a higher level of trust among citizens in key state institutions' capabilities.  One way which the Assembly is doing this is by setting [...]

Violence against women in politics affects more than 60% in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2019-11-15T14:28:18+00:00July 26th, 2019|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Women’s Political Leadership|

Almost 50 per cent of women over the age of 15 in Bosnia and Herzegovina have experienced some form of violence. Numbers relating to violence against politically active women are harder to come by. As part of a three-year programme (2018–2021), Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) prepared a landmark survey – the first dedicated [...]