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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 [...]

Making Government more open in Edo state, Nigeria

2020-06-03T09:43:38+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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]