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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: [...]

Academic Seminar launches London Declaration on Post-Legislative Scrutiny

2018-07-31T13:10:23+00:00July 31st, 2018|Parliaments, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Process and Practice|

On 10 July 2018, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London and WFD co-organised an Academic Seminar bringing together 170 delegates from 40 countries to discuss Post-Legislative Scrutiny. The Seminar launched a draft London Declaration on Post-Legislative Scrutiny. This aims at galvanising action in national parliaments around the world, based on [...]

Defending Democracy: when do parliaments protect political space?

2020-04-02T12:37:31+00:00July 19th, 2018|Civil Society Space, Delivering Democracy Support, Parliamentary, PDF Document|

Governments seeking to close political space have a number of tools at their disposal. One popular tactic is to suppress civil society by restricting foreign funding, controlling registration and imposing onerous reporting requirements. Parliaments often aid and abet executives in this process, even in purportedly democratic states. This paper examines when parliaments protect political space [...]

Representation in the Age of Populism: Ideas for Global Action

2018-07-24T11:01:41+00:00June 25th, 2018|Research, Space and Access, Thinking and Working Politically|

By Devin O’Shaughnessy, WFD Director of Programmes On 18-20 June, WFD supported a conference on populism in partnership with International IDEA, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, OSCE/ODIHR and REPRESENT. The event, held in the Belgian Senate, saw leaders from politics, civil society and academia from across the world gather to shape a “Global Agenda for the Renewal of Representation”, a [...]

Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures updated at Wilton Park meeting

2020-03-04T12:26:08+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. Read the benchmarks 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, [...]

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

2018-08-06T11:07:53+00:00March 28th, 2018|Elections, Elections, 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, Parliamentary, Political party, Research|

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, [...]