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Making Government more open in Edo state, Nigeria

2020-05-06T11:56:44+00:00August 27th, 2019|Civil Society Space, Democracy and Governance, Open Parliament|

In partnership with the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and the Government of Edo State, WFD supported the advancement of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Edo state, Nigeria.  A series of activities aimed at making Government more open in Edo State was realised between June and August 2019 including a sensitisation [...]

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, [...]

Defending Democracy: when do parliaments protect political space?

2020-04-02T12:37:31+00:00July 19th, 2018|Civil Society Space, Delivering Democracy Support, Parliamentary, PDF Document|

Governments seeking to close political space have a number of tools at their disposal. One popular tactic is to suppress civil society by restricting foreign funding, controlling registration and imposing onerous reporting requirements. Parliaments often aid and abet executives in this process, even in purportedly democratic states. This paper examines when parliaments protect political space [...]

From strategy to implementation: the case of civil society

2020-04-02T12:37:42+00:00September 5th, 2017|Civil Society Space, Delivering Democracy Support, Democracy Matters, PDF Document|

This paper demonstrates the challenges that those working to strengthen democracy confront in putting their strategies into practice, using the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s (WFD) work with civil society as an example. While formulating effective interventions is a significant challenge, how to go about implementing them is often just as problematic.