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Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures updated at Wilton Park meeting

2018-08-03T18:25:12+00:00June 25th, 2018|CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Norms and Standards, Research|

On 18-20 June, representatives of Commonwealth parliaments met at Wilton Park to review and update the 2006 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures. The meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) under the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), brought together representatives from the Maltese, Canadian, Indian, Pakistani, [...]

Representing reality? The cost of politics and the impact on diversity in Ghana

2018-08-06T11:07:53+00:00March 28th, 2018|Elections, Elections, Ghana, Research, Space and Access|

Is there a correlation between the high costs involved with running for political office in Ghana and the lack of youth and women represented in politics? Westminster Foundation for Democracy's new research report, launched in Accra early March, in partnership with the Centre for Democratic Development (Ghana), explores the impact the 59% increase in average [...]

Stopping violence against women in politics: time for a new normal

2018-08-06T14:22:48+00:00March 21st, 2018|General subjects, Human Rights, Norms and Standards, Political party, Research, Women’s Political Leadership|

Hungry for good news about politics? Here’s some: more women than ever before are participating in politics worldwide. It’s a global trend that signals positive outcomes for inclusive governance. However, as the number of women engaging in political activity has grown, so has the frequency and degree of violent responses to their presence in politics. [...]

WFD research to inform cost of politics talks in Ghana

2018-04-10T12:53:15+00:00January 31st, 2018|Elections, Ghana, Parliamentary, Political party, Research, Sub-Saharan Africa|

At what point does the cost to stand for election become so high it affects equality, trust and good governance? New data shows the cost of running for political office in Ghana went up by nearly 60% over one single electoral cycle (2012-2016). Opening the second phase of WFD’s flagship research into the cost of politics, [...]

“It does what it says on the tin” – Reviewing laws to advance equality

2018-08-08T14:22:53+00:00November 30th, 2017|Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Process and Practice, Research, Women’s Political Leadership|

What do a 1994 TV advert for wood stain and the legislative process have in common? The importance of delivering on a promise. Opening a Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) expert seminar to explore a gender-specific approach to scrutiny of legislation, the Scottish Parliament’s Deputy Presiding Officer, Christine Grahame said: “There is an obligation on [...]

New parliamentary benchmarks endorsed by Commonwealth Conference

2018-09-20T09:29:52+00:00November 29th, 2017|CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Norms and Standards, Research|

On 6 November, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, endorsed a recommendation by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)  that “Parliaments should use updated Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures as a tool to ensure their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 16 (on inclusive and accountable governance)”. The launch of the Benchmarks for Democratic [...]

Increasing openness of institutions in the Western Balkans

2018-08-09T14:16:07+00:00November 16th, 2017|Bosnia, Europe, Kosovo, Macedonia, Open Parliament, Serbia, Space and Access, Western Balkans|

On 16 November, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a Regional Road Map on Good Governance for the Western Balkans to support democratic institutions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia become more transparent and accountable. Since 2015, according to polling by the Policy Association for an Open Society, public trust in national institutions in [...]

Time to stop talking about ‘closing space’ for civil society?

2018-07-25T13:47:24+00:00October 31st, 2017|Delivering Democracy Support, Research, Space and Access|

On 26 September 2017, the research collaboration between the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the University of Birmingham launched a new policy paper at the European Endowment for Democracy in Brussels. WFD Research Fellow, Susan Dodsworth reflects on the discussion at the event. In the last few years there has been mounting concern about the state [...]

How strong democracy can help make development sustainable

2018-08-08T14:24:50+00:00October 31st, 2017|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Political party, Research|

This month we interview Tina Fahm, Commissioner at the Independent Aid Commission and recently appointed WFD Associate. Establishing effective and legitimate multi-party democracy, is not something one organisation can help achieve in isolation. That’s why we are building a community of associates who can contribute advice and support to our programmes. With a background as an auditor, Tina [...]

Re-thinking governance for development

2018-08-08T08:53:12+00:00June 29th, 2017|Adaptive programmes, Research, Thinking and Working Politically|

Graeme Ramshaw, WFD’s Director of Research and Evaluation, participated in the European Partnership for Democracy launch event of the World Development Report 2017  in Brussels last week. Here are his takeaways on what this means for democracy support. The World Bank’s 2017 World Development Report “Governance and the Law”, encourages its readers to rethink governance for development. The [...]