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Reporting on Democracy Support: Stories vs. Graphs

2019-11-08T14:41:15+00:00November 7th, 2019|Delivering Democracy Support, Democracy Matters, MEL Matters|

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?

The governance community’s Tootsie Pop problem

2019-10-29T10:59:29+00:00August 27th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Research, Thinking and Working Politically|

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 [...]

It’s not (only) about the numbers: how to amplify the voices of women in politics

2019-06-27T11:08:46+00:00June 27th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Norms and Standards, Political Economy of Democracy Promotion, Women’s Political Leadership|

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 [...]

Landmark regional conference in Yangon on better laws for citizens

2019-06-18T11:28:42+00:00June 17th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Research, Sri Lanka|

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 [...]

Engaging parliaments on reviewing legislative impact

2019-06-12T19:13:08+00:00May 9th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Process and Practice|

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 [...]

IPSA conference: challenges of transparency and trust in politics

2019-05-16T15:27:20+00:00April 25th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Open Parliament, Parliaments, Space and Access|

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 [...]

Women’s leadership and the power of small change

2019-01-31T11:55:19+00:00January 31st, 2019|Political Economy of Democracy Promotion, Women’s Political Leadership|

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 UN report on ending violence against women in politics

2019-05-16T15:36:29+00:00October 12th, 2018|Democracy Matters, Norms and Standards, Women’s Political Leadership|

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: [...]

Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World

2018-09-27T05:16:01+00:00September 15th, 2018|Delivering Democracy Support, Democracy and Governance, Political Economy of Democracy Promotion|

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. [...]