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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

2020-12-15T09:53:42+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 [...]

The Cost of Parliamentary Politics in The Gambia

2021-02-12T15:44:56+00:00October 28th, 2020|Cost of Politics, Cost of Politics|

Since independence in 1965, The Gambia has held periodic multi-party elections. But it had never registered an electoral turnover of power until December 2016 when independent presidential aspirant Adama Barrow, backed by seven opposition political parties, defeated the incumbent, Yahya Jammeh. Following the defeat of Jammeh – whose 22-year dictatorship was characterised by attacks on [...]

Doing development democratically: The foundation of open societies and open economies

2020-09-22T10:44:18+00:00September 15th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Thinking and Working Politically|

by Dr Graeme Ramshaw, WFD's Director of Research and Evaluation The international development community has been going about its governance support work all wrong. At least, that is what political thinker Karl Popper would have said. For decades, UKAid and others have been focused on the question of who should govern, deploying significant resources to [...]

The Cost of Parliamentary Politics in Kenya

2021-02-11T10:06:36+00:00July 1st, 2020|Cost of Politics, Cost of Politics|

Members of Parliament (MPs) in Kenya are amongst the highest paid in the world relative to the size of the economy. Parliamentary seats are among the most sought-after positions in society, bringing the holder wealth and social standing. In recent years, there has been an increasing trend whereby those in lucrative senior private sector positions [...]