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Lessons from deliberative democracy in Africa

2021-08-25T09:26:08+00:00August 25th, 2021|Citizen engagement, Process and Practice|

Citizen participation is at the heart of democracy. Around the world, a deliberative wave has been growing as innovative ways of involving citizens in policy-making have gained traction with governments and citizens. And Africa has not been left behind:  From deliberative participatory budgeting in Kenya, and addressing corruption in Malawi, to risk management in flood [...]

Case Study: Pursuing openness and transparency at a local level in Nigeria

2021-03-03T09:41:08+00:00January 28th, 2021|Citizen engagement, Open Parliament Documents|

Programme Details Working with the parliament in Edo State, WFD has been supporting the adoption and implementation of the Open Government Partnership at a local level. This programme has practiced openness from the start, by inviting local civil society to participate in the development of the state action plan, and being jointly implemented by state [...]

Civic movements in Albania: An agent of change

2021-01-20T10:14:29+00:00January 6th, 2021|Citizen engagement, Civil Society Space, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Since the democratic transition in Albania in 1990, the country has gone through many reform processes, but it has not experienced an extensive growth of social (civic) movements.  Nevertheless, in recent years social movements arising around new causes are propelling progressive ideas into the public domain.    Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has released a study which assesses the dynamics and potential of the most prominent social (civic) movements in Albania. The study provides an insight into their [...]

Redefining collaboration and healing public trust through open parliament reforms    

2020-11-17T16:11:33+00:00November 19th, 2020|Citizen engagement, Open Parliament|

There is a disconnect between citizens and the parliament in Indonesia. At least that is what the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Indonesian Parliament (DPR RI) found from a public perception survey conducted between July and August 2020. An overwhelming majority of the respondents agreed that public participation is “very important” in supporting [...]

Supporting a more inclusive and accountable Parliament for all Kenyans

2020-11-17T16:13:50+00:00October 28th, 2020|Citizen engagement, Civil Society Space, Democracy and Governance, Open Parliament, Parliamentary|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) believes in democratic political systems that are fair, inclusive, transparent and accountable. In support of this cause, WFD has been working with the Kenyan Parliament since 2011 and has supported the institution to build its capacity in areas of research, oversight, law-making, and citizen engagement. Currently, WFD Kenya is implementing [...]

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 [...]

During lockdown, WFD partner secures better health services for the chronically ill in Albania

2020-04-22T08:27:56+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Citizen engagement, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Civil society organisations (CSOs) are a channel through which citizens can engage constructively with government to make sure that adequate services are provided, helping to build more inclusive and accountable democracies. Their role is especially important during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as people’s freedoms are curtailed and usual channels of engagement with government are [...]