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Call for applications – E-learning modules for the Women Leadership Academy in Montenegro

2021-10-08T09:50:30+00:00October 8th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, WFD Request for Proposal|

Application deadline: 17 October, 2021 Introduction Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). With over 25 years of experience supporting democracy around the world, WFD’s strategic plan elaborates our expertise and approach to supporting political parties, parliaments, civil society, and electoral processes. WFD [...]

Parliaments are watching to make sure climate legislation has an impact

2021-10-07T09:54:16+00:00October 6th, 2021|Environmental democracy, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

How have parliaments responded to the Paris Agreement during the past five years? In which way are parliaments making sure that climate legislation does have an impact? These were some of the questions guiding the new report “Parliaments and the Paris Agreement”, published by Westminster Foundation for Democracy, ParlAmericas, INTER PARES, and GLOBE International. Based [...]

WFD analysis on youth budget allocations at local governing levels in Serbia

2021-09-30T13:47:05+00:00September 30th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Serbia and the Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) conducted a research analysis on budgetary allocations for youth and youth organisations at the local level in Serbia. The findings from this research also include specific data on how youth organisations function and what their cooperation with local level institutions [...]

Retaining its most valuable resource? Western Balkan countries lose up to 2.46 billion eur annually due to youth emigration

2021-09-01T08:36:38+00:00August 31st, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The Western Balkans countries have a long history of emigration but trends in recent years we have shown increasing numbers of young people leaving and based on many reports the levels are among the highest in the world. While there have been many causes attributed to this complex phenomenon there has not been research into [...]

The Role of Parliaments in the Fight Against Corruption

2021-08-25T09:06:36+00:00August 25th, 2021|Financial oversight, PDF Document|

Governments have a key role to play in the fight against corruption. For governments to effectively tackle corruption we must focus on strengthening their three main functions: legislation, oversight and representation. When these are strengthened corruption reduces.   A new report by WFD compiles information from desk-based research and interviews with relevant stakeholders. A variety of examples from neighbouring countries [...]

What does it cost to participate in politics? A new website by WFD and Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy

2021-07-22T15:14:56+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Cost of Politics|

WFD has teamed up with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) to launch a new website to host our research on the cost of running for and staying in elected office in different countries around the world.   What is the cost of politics?  Quite simply, the cost of politics is how much it costs to run [...]

The pandemic pushed persons with disabilities to the margins in North Macedonia

2021-07-15T10:03:56+00:00July 15th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

WFD published an analysis looking into the impact of the pandemic on persons with disabilities in North Macedonia, produced by the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The analysis was presented to the public in June 2021, in the presence of Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Jagoda Shahpaska and British Deputy Ambassador Dominic Otway. The [...]

Women politicians study the effects of indoor air pollution on the health and economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-07-09T09:40:05+00:00July 9th, 2021|Research, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

During the winter, air pollution in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reaches unprecedented levels, with country's capital Sarajevo often being the most polluted capital in the world. Indoor air pollution is particularly dangerous for citizens of BiH, although it is an issue that remains relatively unknown as outdoor air pollution takes over when the entire country [...]

Women and media coverage in the Albanian 2021 election campaigns

2021-06-10T13:21:29+00:00June 10th, 2021|Elections, Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The election campaigns during the parliamentary elections of 25 April, 2021 in Albania, were quite dynamic and with a noticeable increase in the number of female MP candidates. However, these figures did not translate into higher representation of women in the media contents. The audio-visual media during the last parliamentary elections continued to have gaps [...]