Lessons from deliberative democracy in Africa

2021-09-28T10:46:22+00:00August 25th, 2021|Citizen engagement, Process and Practice|

Citizen participation is at the heart of democracy. Around the world, a deliberative wave has been growing as innovative ways of involving citizens in policy-making have gained traction with governments and citizens. And Africa has not been left behind:  From deliberative participatory budgeting in Kenya, and addressing corruption in Malawi, to risk management in flood [...]

How deliberative processes could save democracy

2021-09-28T11:05:25+00:00July 28th, 2021|Process and Practice|

Earlier this year, Stanford University, in collaboration with the Center for Deliberative Democracy, completed an experiment that looked at whether deliberative democracy could depolarize US political debates.  In May 2021, 600 young students from across the US came together to discuss policy proposals, such as the new wealth tax, universal income and electoral college reforms. Online, the students participated in a structured an equitable [...]

Women politicians study the effects of indoor air pollution on the health and economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-07-09T09:40:05+00:00July 9th, 2021|Research, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

During the winter, air pollution in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reaches unprecedented levels, with country's capital Sarajevo often being the most polluted capital in the world. Indoor air pollution is particularly dangerous for citizens of BiH, although it is an issue that remains relatively unknown as outdoor air pollution takes over when the entire country [...]

In North Macedonia, young people are on the electoral lists, but rarely on wining positions

2021-03-24T14:45:19+00:00March 24th, 2021|Research, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of candidates for MPs on the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia held in 2020 was 42,5 years. Even though young people have a relatively high number of candidates (19,17% under 29 years), they were more often on positions with lower chances to win an MP seat. These are some of the findings [...]

Legislative leadership in the time of COVID-19

2021-01-19T13:03:39+00:00January 19th, 2021|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Parliaments, Research|

Legislatures are central to modern democratic politics, holding governments to account, and scrutinising legislation in order to generate more effective public policy. Yet during moments of crisis, legislatures are often bypassed as presidents and prime ministers prioritise a rapid response. The concern that legislatures will be marginalised, with greater power concentrated in the hands of [...]

Legislative leadership in the time of Covid-19

2021-01-06T16:21:20+00:00January 6th, 2021|Events, Research|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy is launching a research paper on the role that parliaments have played so far during the COVID-19 crisis as part of our ongoing partnership with the University of Birmingham. The pandemic generated challenges for all democratic institutions, and legislatures were no exceptions, having to consider how to adapt to debate, pass [...]

Persons with Disabilities in Kenyan Political Parties face systemic exclusion, new research finds

2021-08-20T13:02:10+00:00December 3rd, 2020|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Research|

The World Report on Disability (2011) estimates that more than one billion people – about 15% of the world's population – experience some form of disability. In Kenya, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, 2.2% of the population (0.9 million people) over the age of five live with some form of disability. The statistics show [...]

Supporters, spoilers or sidelined: the role of parliaments in peacebuilding

2020-12-18T11:19:56+00:00November 26th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Fragile and Conflict Affected States, Parliamentary, Research|

  Parliaments are likely to play a crucial role when states transition from war towards peace. Yet this role is often overlooked and very little research exists on the role of parliaments in peace processes and peacebuilding. Parliaments are an important arena for the inclusion of warring parties, and the resulting interactions could either aid [...]