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Supporting the Jordanian Parliament’s Strategic Plan

2019-11-18T10:47:23+00:00November 12th, 2019|Jordan, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

By Sergiu Galitchi, Human Resources Expert, WFD Jordan. WFD is an implementing partner in the EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development (EU-JDID) programme. The programme supports Jordan with its political reform process, including the promotion of inclusive policy and decision-making processes.  Over the last decades, national public authorities across the world acutely realized [...]

Putting Youth and Women at the forefront of influencing the Ugandan Parliament’s legislative agenda

2019-11-06T09:38:30+00:00November 5th, 2019|Uganda, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Over the past 16 months, WFD has worked with MPs in Uganda to build their capacity to engage with their respective stakeholders and generate momentum to influence Parliament’s agenda in favour of the advancement of women and youth in Uganda.

Following the law: Combatting discrimination and human rights violations through post-legislative scrutiny

2019-10-30T10:12:36+00:00October 30th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Indonesia, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

WFD's Senior Governance Advisor, Franklin de Vrieze, explains the importance of assessing the implementation, impact and unintended effects of legislation for the protection and promotion of human rights in Indonesia. “Public expectations of parliaments’ legislative success have evolved substantially, from getting laws on the statute book to ensuring that laws are brought into effect and [...]

Meeting the President: Disabled People’s Organisations in Mozambique in dialogue with Filipe Nyusi

2019-10-17T12:01:25+00:00October 17th, 2019|Mozambique, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Sub-Saharan Africa|

In October 2019, hundreds of persons with disabilities met with the Mozambican President, Felipe Nyusi and secured his commitment to new laws, policies and strategies to improve the socio-economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities in Mozambique. The Forum of Organisations of People with Disabilities (FAMOD) and Mozambican Association of Disable People (ADEMO), in [...]

The Sierra Leone Parliament: There’s an App for that!

2019-10-04T10:03:13+00:00October 4th, 2019|Citizen engagement, Parliaments, Sierra Leone, Sub-Saharan Africa|

Democracy goes beyond the ballot box. For democracy to flourish, elected representatives need to be able to find out and understand the needs of the people they represent. Ways for people to find out what is going on in parliament and respond to it are just as important. In Sierra Leone, WFD has been working [...]

Getting Better Rights for Women Workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2019-09-16T15:31:33+00:00September 16th, 2019|Bosnia, Europe, Women’s Political Leadership|

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, workers in the private sector are mostly underpaid, their employment status is often not regulated enough, and they are paid their salaries in illegal ways, which means they get fewer pension benefits. What is more, employers often violate or deny their employees’ labour rights. This means that workers worry that [...]

Oversight of public spending in North Macedonia will foster trust

2019-09-23T12:41:41+00:00September 5th, 2019|Financial oversight, Macedonia, Open Parliament, Parliaments, Western Balkans, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

WFD works in North Macedonia to set up new ways to make state institutions more transparent, through increasing the level of scrutiny over public spending - which we believe will lead to a higher level of trust among citizens in key state institutions' capabilities.  One way which the Assembly is doing this is by setting [...]

Activists call for more women in leadership positions at Commonwealth summit

2019-09-02T15:04:27+00:00August 12th, 2019|CP4D, Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 6-7 August, political party and community leaders from Ghana and 14 Commonwealth countries met in Ghana to discuss ways to tackle the under-representation of women in leadership positions. Having more women political leaders is important as governments and parliaments should be representative of the society they serve. But research shows it also helps deliver better [...]

Laws, Lies and Liberty: media freedom in South-East Asia

2019-08-13T11:16:47+00:00July 29th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Human Rights, Indonesia|

On 11 July, Westminster Foundation for Democracy organised a roundtable on media freedom in South-East Asia, as part of the UK Foreign Office’s conference on defending media freedom. The panel, which included senior government ministers and journalists from across the region, examined current concerns on media freedom, including regulation of online news and the [...]