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Making it more affordable to run for office in Albania

2019-10-04T14:31:08+00:00September 26th, 2019|Albania, Europe, 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, Macedonia, Open Parliament, Parliaments, Western Balkans, 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 [...]

Calls for Expression of Interest – Analysis of Venezuela’s institutional framework

2019-09-12T16:14:12+00:00August 27th, 2019|Human rights documents, Observation missions - Active calls, Open Parliament Documents, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Venezuela, WFD closed vacancies|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is seeking to engage an Consultant to undertake a study involving an analysis of the current humanitarian and disaster response legal, institutional and policy framework in Venezuela. WFD has been working in Venezuela since 2016 in supporting activities aimed at strengthening democratic governance and the rule of law in Venezuela, [...]

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

2019-10-04T09:38:06+00:00July 26th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, 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 [...]

A growing global gap on good governance?

2019-07-25T10:29:48+00:00July 18th, 2019|Civil Society Space, CP4D, Democracy Matters|

Alex Thier reflects on the importance of democratic governance for sustainable development following the High Level Political Forum in New York.    Sitting in the grand halls of the United Nations this week, I am struck by a dangerous dichotomy. Lip service is paid (rightly and repeatedly) to the principles of inclusive, accountable governance, [...]