Uganda Speaker backs cutting costs for youth entering politics

2019-05-21T13:45:31+00:00March 6th, 2019|CP4D, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Over 200 participants from more than 10 countries in Africa called for increased youth participation in politics at landmark Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) conference, hosted by the Parliament of Uganda on 4-5 March. High entry costs are a big barrier to youth participation and the Speaker of Uganda, Rebecca Kadega, committed to asking parliament to [...]

Malaysian Parliament renews commitment to women’s rights

2019-02-27T16:27:57+00:00February 27th, 2019|Asia, CP4D, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 18-19 February, the Malaysian Parliament held the Women’s Political Leadership conference in Kuala Lumpur. The #WomenWhoLead summit brought together political and civil society leaders and influencers from across the Commonwealth to share inspiration and insights around the myths that prevent us from creating positive change for women’s rights. Co-hosted with the Westminster Foundation [...]

Uganda’s Speaker prioritises youth entrepreneurship

2018-12-19T11:02:07+00:00December 19th, 2018|CP4D, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

In partnership with the Parliament of Uganda, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) supported the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs (UPFYA) in organising the 2nd Annual Youth Business Forum in Uganda on 10 December 2018, as part of the CP4D programme. The Youth Business Forum is an annual event aimed at generating an agenda [...]

New CP4D initiative to engage persons with disabilities in Mozambique

2018-10-31T14:57:43+00:00October 31st, 2018|CP4D, Mozambique, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership|

On 27-28 September, WFD launched a new initiative under the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), to improve the social, political and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities in Mozambique. In partnership with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and the National Association of People with Disability (ADEMO) the programme will look [...]

Youth petition influences parliamentary agenda in Uganda

2018-11-16T15:18:15+00:00October 31st, 2018|CP4D, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

WFD-Uganda partnered with the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs (UPFYA), Uganda Youth Network, Restless Development, Faraja Africa, ActionAid and Plan Uganda to convene the first ever “Youth Moot Parliamentary Session” in August. Over 300 young people from across Uganda debated important issues affecting their lives and submitted the top priorities in a petition to [...]

WFD’s commitment to disability

2018-09-04T15:29:31+00:00July 31st, 2018|CP4D, Kenya, Mozambique, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Sierra Leone|

On 24 July, participating in the first ever Global Disability Summit, WFD committed to help create more inclusive political environments that invite and support the participation and leadership of persons with disabilities. Ongoing and future WFD programmes operating across a network of over 30 developing countries will support accessible electoral processes, improved representation within [...]

Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures updated at Wilton Park meeting

2018-08-03T18:25:12+00:00June 25th, 2018|CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Norms and Standards, Research|

On 18-20 June, representatives of Commonwealth parliaments met at Wilton Park to review and update the 2006 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures. The meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) under the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), brought together representatives from the Maltese, Canadian, Indian, Pakistani, [...]

New parliamentary benchmarks endorsed by Commonwealth Conference

2018-09-20T09:29:52+00:00November 29th, 2017|CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Norms and Standards, Research|

On 6 November, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, endorsed a recommendation by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)  that “Parliaments should use updated Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures as a tool to ensure their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 16 (on inclusive and accountable governance)”. The launch of the Benchmarks for Democratic [...]

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