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A new communication portal for the Moroccan Parliament

2020-07-03T11:14:53+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Democracy Matters, Morocco news, Open Parliament, Open Parliament Documents, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

Open parliaments are the cornerstones of democracy. They represent people’s voices, pass laws and oversee governments’ actions. Opening parliaments has many benefits including effective outcomes in key policy areas, better quality legislation and most importantly improved trust relationships between citizens and the parliament. Morocco officially joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2018. The House [...]

Sierra Leone Parliament: Holds first virtual state opening globally

2020-06-23T16:05:31+00:00June 12th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

Since COVID-19 first arrived in Sierra Leone, the Government has taken key measures to counter the pandemic including declaring a state of public emergency, issuing a ban on public gatherings, and travelling, and suspending all religious activities. In Parliament, the Speaker asked political party leaders to only have half of their members in the chambers, [...]

East African youth call for involvement in navigating the COVID-19 response

2020-07-05T13:00:31+00:00June 8th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Sub - Saharan Africa, Uncategorized, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

"We want to be involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in East Africa." 90% of young East Africans who responded to a  survey on how COVID-19 has impacted their lives agreed with this statement. COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways. In East Africa, where over 70% of the population are young [...]

Strengthening the Parliament of Kenya to effectively promote inclusion and accountability

2020-07-07T14:30:14+00:00June 7th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

In Kenya, WFD is carrying out its Inclusive and Accountable Programme (IAP) in partnership with Senate and National Assembly. The programme aims to improve the ability of the Parliament of Kenya to effectively address corruption and promote inclusion and accountability, helping it become a more open and efficient institution that responds to citizens’ needs. Through [...]

Digital by default is a dangerous path for Parliaments

2020-06-23T10:18:39+00:00May 28th, 2020|#PanDemTracker, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

By Victoria Hasson, WFD's Senior Parliamentary Adviser Around the world parliaments are going virtual. But what this looks like, and its implications for the institution’s democratic standing, varies as widely as the impact of COVID-19 on any given country. The dangers of going digital are easy to anticipate and beginning to surface.  What is clear [...]

Decision-makers must pay attention to LGBT+ people’s experiences during the pandemic and beyond

2020-05-18T13:30:23+00:00May 17th, 2020|Citizen engagement, Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership|

by Sophia Fernandes, WFD's Inclusion Adviser and Interim Regional Director for Asia As we move from counting ‘weeks’ to ‘months’ of physical distancing measures in the UK and start to see other countries emerge from counter-COVID-19 restrictions, the blurry picture of the long-term consequences of emergency measures and the pandemic at large is starting to [...]

Advocating for Transparency and Accountability in COVID-19 Funds Management in Nigeria

2020-06-11T08:37:59+00:00May 16th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Financial oversight, Parliamentary|

In Nigeria, in addition to funds mobilised by government to fight the pandemic and support citizens, the private sector and the international community has contributed money and materials to support the fight against COVID-19.  However, it is important that democracy is promoted, by ensuring accountability and transparency in the use of the funds, inclusion, equality, [...]