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Connecting parliaments: Harnessing digital dividends to increase transparency and citizen engagement

2021-03-04T13:05:33+00:00March 4th, 2021|Open Parliament Documents, Parliamentary|

As part of Participation and Openness Week - or POW! - WFD is pleased to launch our new report in partnership with MySociety - 'Connecting Parliaments: Harnessing digital dividends to increase transparency and citizen engagement'. The overarching argument of this paper is that parliamentary digital transformation is a relatively underfunded area of work, but a [...]

Addressing the global emergency of shrinking civic space and how to reclaim it: A programming guide

2021-03-02T12:37:55+00:00March 2nd, 2021|Civil Society Space, Open Parliament Documents|

This paper, authored by Julia Keutgen, Senior Transparency Advisor WFD, and Sarah Dodsworth, University of Queensland, is being launched as part of WFD's Participation and Openness Week - or POW! Over the last 10 years an increasing number of governments have adopted new laws and practices that constrain civic space - the set of conditions [...]

Case Study: Opening parliament to civil society in Kenya

2021-03-03T10:03:42+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Open Parliament, Open Parliament Documents|

WFD has been working with the parliament of Kenya to continue its journey to become more open and transparent. Many of the programme’s activities have inspired participants pursue these goals, such as the development of the Public Participation Bill, the creation of an Open Government Partnership committee with members ship from civil society as well [...]

Case Study: Pursuing openness and transparency at a local level in Nigeria

2021-03-03T09:41:08+00:00January 28th, 2021|Citizen engagement, Open Parliament Documents|

Programme Details Working with the parliament in Edo State, WFD has been supporting the adoption and implementation of the Open Government Partnership at a local level. This programme has practiced openness from the start, by inviting local civil society to participate in the development of the state action plan, and being jointly implemented by state [...]

Building a coalition for change to respond to issues faced by people with disabilities (PWDs) in Uganda

2021-02-25T15:06:15+00:00January 27th, 2021|Civil Society Space, Open Parliament Documents|

Poorly implemented legal protections and societal stigma have resulted in significant barriers to the meaningful political participation of people with disabilities (PWDs) in Uganda. The establishment of a coalition for change, facilitated by WFD, brought together civil society organisations, youth organisations, members of parliament, government officials, and PWDs, to advocate for significant changes. Context Over [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Regional Roadmap on Good Governance for the Western Balkans

2020-04-02T12:41:50+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Democracy and Governance, Open Parliament Documents, PDF Document|

This Regional Road Map should be used as a general overview of common issues that Western Balkan countries are facing in terms of openness, as defined by international standards. It focuses on the similarities that emerged across the individual country road maps. Moreover, it can be used as a guide for identifying those most pressing [...]