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Sierra Leone’s budget reading goes digital, promoting openness and accountability

2021-12-02T10:13:27+00:00December 2nd, 2021|Citizen engagement, Open Parliament, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Freetown, Sierra Leone: On 19 November 2021, Sierra Leone’s Finance Minister Mr. Dennis K. Vandi presented the 2022 fiscal year national budget before the Parliament. A regular practice in the budget making process that takes place before the West African country financial year kicks off in January of every year. However, the reading of the [...]

Disability inclusion agenda in Kenya advancing ahead of the 2022 general election

2021-10-28T09:43:08+00:00October 28th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Sub - Saharan Africa|

In Kenya, political parties are currently making policy adjustments within their parties to put their candidates in prime spots to win next year’s election. Similarly, policy provisions to guide the elections are being put in place by institutions including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), [...]

Interview: Rose Sakala reflects on her party’s Presidential election victory in Zambia

2021-09-27T11:24:14+00:00September 27th, 2021|Sub - Saharan Africa, UK Political Parties international programmes, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 15 August, Zambians elected a new Government led by the former opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND). It was the third peaceful handover of power from incumbent to opposition since the country's independence in 1964. WFD’s Multi-Party Office (MPO) has supported UK political party the Liberal Democrats to [...]

Interview: Stenah Shampile reflects on her party’s Presidential election victory in Zambia

2021-09-27T11:21:20+00:00September 23rd, 2021|Sub - Saharan Africa, UK Political Parties international programmes, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 15 August, Zambians elected a new Government led by the former opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND). It was the third peaceful handover of power from incumbent to opposition since the country's independence in 1964. WFD’s Multi-Party Office (MPO) has supported UK political party the Liberal Democrats to [...]

The extent to which political parties in Kenya are embracing inclusion of persons with disabilities

2021-08-26T13:10:35+00:00August 26th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Addressing the critical knowledge gaps within political parties to create and promote more disability inclusive political discourse, political commitments, and public policy making is fundamental for strengthening multi-party democracy. This is not a simple task though. It requires, among other things: building strong partnerships; conducting subtle research studies to generate evidence; lobbying political parties, state [...]

Climate change action: supporting parliamentarians in Sub-Saharan Africa to prepare for COP26

2021-07-28T12:13:52+00:00July 28th, 2021|Environmental democracy, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time: temperatures are rising, drought and wildfires are occurring more frequently, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising. To mitigate this, huge changes at all levels of society, politics and businesses are required. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the [...]

Two crucial gender equality bills passed in Uganda after years of stalling

2021-07-06T15:15:46+00:00June 25th, 2021|CEP, Human Rights, Sub - Saharan Africa|

The general principle of equality and non-discrimination is a fundamental element of international human rights law. Creating an enabling environment in which decision-makers and civil society actors can advance equality is important in promoting inclusion in society. Unfortunately, this remains a challenge in many parts of the world. In Uganda, women, girls, and members of the LGBT+ community are [...]

Progress being made by political parties in Kenya to promote inclusion and other opportunities

2021-06-25T09:27:59+00:00June 25th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Despite the Kenyan population comprising of up to 2.2% (0.9 million) persons with disabilities (PWDs), the number of those who hold leadership positions within political parties remains significantly low. This is however gradually changing. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), through its Kenya Inclusive Political Parties (KIPP) programme funded by Demo Finland, has seen tremendous efforts [...]

Connecting with constituents? Parliamentary aspirants’ use of WhatsApp in Uganda’s 2021 ‘scientific’ election

2021-06-16T10:33:55+00:00June 16th, 2021|Elections, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Uganda held general elections on 14 January 2021. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electoral Commission (EC) announced that these should be ‘scientific elections’ and adopted social distancing measures. In effect, this led to the curtailing of public rallies and in-person campaigning. Political parties and candidates were forced to rely heavily on newspapers, radio, and television [...]

Tackling violence against women and girls in Oyo state, Nigeria

2021-09-24T11:28:53+00:00June 11th, 2021|CEP, Human Rights, Sub - Saharan Africa|

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an upsurge of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases worldwide. In Nigeria, the May 2020 UN brief revealed that reported domestic violence cases in three states under total lockdown – Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) – saw a 297% increase from 60 to 238 between March and [...]