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Inclusion and accountability should be high on the agenda at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Commonwealth partnership says

2020-03-03T16:29:16+00:00March 4th, 2020|Citizen engagement, CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Financial oversight, Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership, Open Parliament, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Commonwealth organisations are hosting a three-day conference in London which begins today (4 March) which aims to put inclusion and accountability high on the agenda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda in June 2020. Over the last two years the UK Government has helped advance inclusion and accountability across the Commonwealth [...]

Independent oversight institutions: a guide for parliaments

2020-03-02T07:33:52+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Financial oversight, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

This guide is an introduction to independent oversight institutions and their relationship with parliament. It addresses institutions’ mandates, leadership, reporting, and budgeting, from the perspective of parliaments with their role to establish, oversee, and collaborate with independent institutions in order to strengthen democratic governance

The Commonwealth: Advancing inclusive societies for LGBT+ people in Asia

2020-03-03T14:15:55+00:00February 27th, 2020|CP4D, Democracy Matters, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership|

by Paul Dillane, David Davies of Llandinam Fellow in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Across the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people face widespread discrimination and violence. More than a third of countries criminalise consensual adult same-sex relations.I In many countries, transgender people face extreme violence, not to [...]

Parliaments in Europe conducting Post-Legislative Scrutiny

2020-02-18T16:58:47+00:00February 18th, 2020|Democracy Matters, Parliaments, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

As the involvement of parliaments in the ex–post stage of law making remains under-theorised, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy has just released a new publication, providing an analysis of the main rules, practices and trends on PLS in Europe, focusing on the experience of seven national parliaments: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the [...]

Supporting more efficient and effective public spending in North Macedonia

2020-02-11T13:36:37+00:00February 11th, 2020|Financial oversight|

Being clear about how government allocates money to be spent – and on what – is one of the key aspects of modern democratic governance. Experience suggests that the best way to effectively manage public money is through having budgeting systems that are transparent, open to public involvement, and well-supervised by independent institutions. Empirical evidence [...]