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What does it cost to participate in politics? A new website by WFD and Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy

2021-07-22T15:14:56+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Cost of Politics|

WFD has teamed up with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) to launch a new website to host our research on the cost of running for and staying in elected office in different countries around the world.   What is the cost of politics?  Quite simply, the cost of politics is how much it costs to run [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cost of poltics conference report

2021-02-12T15:44:27+00:00September 5th, 2017|Cost of Politics, PDF Document, Uncategorized|

From 31 January to 1 February 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy hosted 66 experts, academics and politicians from four countries in West Africa –Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Senegal –for WFD’s firstRegional Cost of Politics Conference. Together they addressed a major challenge in the region: how to stem the rising costs of engaging in politics [...]

Cost of Politics Synthesis Report

2021-02-12T15:55:34+00:00August 26th, 2017|Cost of Politics, Cost of Politics, PDF Document|

This report aims to begin the process of examining issues around the cost of politics- with a view to identifying appropriate policy and other responses that both national authorities and civil society groups, and the donor community, can consider. WFD has conducted research in Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Uganda and Ukraine, examining the costs to [...]

Cost of parliamentary politics in Senegal

2021-02-12T15:46:15+00:00April 5th, 2017|Cost of Politics, Cost of Politics, PDF Document, Senegal|

In Senegal, parliamentary candidates are facing increasing costs linked to their investiture, their election and their legislature. Senegal has had a long history of multi-party elections. Except for the period from 1963 to 1976 when the country experienced a single-party system, elections have always been hotly contested since independence, and even during the colonial period beforehand.  [...]

The Cost of Parliamentary Politics in Sierra Leone

2021-02-11T10:06:36+00:00February 28th, 2017|Cost of Politics, Cost of Politics|

Sierra Leone has been making steady progress in consolidating democracy since emerging from a decade long civil war that spanned the 1990s. Four violence-free elections have been held since 1996 with a peaceful transfer of power starting in 2007. However,  significant challenges that remain. Fifteen years after the end of the civil war, the country [...]