A recent survey by WFD, Michigan State University (United States), Aarhus University (Denmark) and the Institute for Policy Interaction (Malawi) studied the costs of seeking and holding parliamentary office in Malawi.
Governance and oversight of the democracy- and governance-support sector relies heavily on reporting, specifically reporting in a narrative format. However, that type of reporting, which for some parts of the sector have come to be largely synonymous with “monitoring”, is only useful for certain purposes and is limiting for a variety of reasons. How is WFD tackling the challenge?
WFD's Director of Research and Evaluation Graeme Ramshaw explores how in governance, looking at how and why things happen can be just as important as the end result. After several months immersed in content on politics and development, thinking and working politically (TWP), and adaptive management, my mind is awash with ‘wicked problems’, intractable [...]
Dr Susan Dodsworth and Professor Nic Cheeseman Across the world activists are working hard to get more women in politics. Their degree of success has varied. In Kenya, for example, women now make up almost 22% of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. This represents a significant improvement compared to 2010, when women [...]
Over 600 legislators, senior civil servants and experts in democracy have come together today (17 June) to share insights into how parliaments in Asia and around the world are monitoring and reviewing laws to ensure they work effectively for citizens, at a conference in Yangon, Myanmar. Delegates have come from Myanmar and 44 other [...]
As parliaments worldwide start to pay more attention to implementation of legislation, the University of Hull and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) recently organised in London an expert seminar on Post-Legislative Scrutiny, bringing together academics, parliamentary researchers, parliamentarians and legislative impact specialists. Lord Norton of Louth captured the evolving expectations on the increasing role [...]
In March 2019, IPSA hosted the world’s first conference for international parliamentary regulators. We brought together colleagues from 13 countries on five continents: Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Scotland, Wales, Zambia and the UK. We talked about the challenges of ‘Transparency and Trust’ in deciding how [...]
Graeme Ramshaw, Director of Research and Evaluation Spending two days with passionate, intelligent people is incredibly cathartic. That’s especially true when those people have come together to tackle one of the world’s most intractable problems – gender inequality in politics. The Gender, Political Participation, and Democracy workshop in Accra, Ghana, was one of these [...]
WFD welcomes the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women in politics released on 5 October. The report offers valuable guidance and actions member states, their parliaments, political parties and electoral oversight bodies can and should take to address violence against women in politics. WFD’s Chief Executive Anthony Smith noted: [...]
The theme for International Day of Democracy this year - Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a changing world – has been relevant for at least ten years and won’t disappear any time soon. We see it on a regular basis as growing inequality fuels a feeling of unfairness and elected autocrats generate a feeling of hopelessness. [...]