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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 [...]

Moroccan Parliament using digital technology to reach citizens

2020-05-19T11:10:07+00:00April 9th, 2020|Citizen engagement, Morocco news, Open Parliament, Open Parliament Documents, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly affecting work and businesses across the world, notwithstanding its health effects. Planned activities are delayed or cancelled, and meetings are complicated, whilst digital technology is now facilitating communication between co-workers and helping institutions to reach out to their audiences.   Parliaments are among the institutions that cannot postpone their work and commitments. They play a crucial role [...]

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 [...]

Investigating how public funds are spent in North Macedonia

2019-07-23T16:04:07+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Citizen engagement, Financial oversight, Open Parliament|

Six investigative stories analysing the spending of public funds in North Macedonia have been published to allow citizens to access information on how money is distributed by institutions, highlighting the importance of transparent and accountable spending. The stories were prepared by eight journalists, with the support of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), and [...]

“You can’t ignore human rights”: meet the Georgian MPs determined to achieve change

2018-09-03T14:38:10+00:00December 10th, 2015|Citizen engagement, Human Rights|

This week, Georgian civil society organisations (CSOs) have been sharing with the Parliament’s Human Rights Committee the harrowing stories they’ve encountered through their work. MPs will take these grim examples to the Government in Tbilisi – with the help of Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the UK embassy in Georgia. “Currently no-one cares for [...]