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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

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 [...]

Oversight of public spending in North Macedonia will foster trust

2019-09-23T12:41:41+00:00September 5th, 2019|Financial oversight, Open Parliament, Parliaments, 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 [...]

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 [...]

WFD and UK Government support reform of Macedonia’s parliament

2018-08-08T14:14:32+00:00September 25th, 2017|Financial oversight|

On 15 September, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the UK Embassy to Macedonia launched an enhanced partnership with the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. The partnership will support an agenda of reforms to ensure parliament fulfills its role of representing the people and holding the executive to account following a time when public [...]

Scrutinising Government spending in Serbia

2018-07-27T12:08:53+00:00March 14th, 2017|Financial oversight|

Ensuring taxpayers money ends up where citizens think it should requires time. Analysing the numbers, comparing levels of spend between departments and debating where you think the money should go is a lengthy process, but one that is essential for effective governance. Westminster Foundation for Democracy is committed to supporting the National Assembly of the [...]

Tunisian Parliament saves 70m Dinars from review of sugar subsidies

2018-07-27T12:23:27+00:00January 24th, 2017|Financial oversight|

The Tunisian Committee responsible for oversight of public expenditure highlighted the unnecessary provision of sugar subsidies to industry as a result of one of its first enquiries. Members of the Committee used information supplied by the Tunisian Court of Audit to successfully argue for an end to sugar subsidies for corporations. The resulting policy change [...]

Towards effective financial scrutiny in Tunisia

2018-08-09T11:36:48+00:00May 16th, 2016|Financial oversight|

“It’s the first time in the history of Tunisia that we have a parliamentary committee that is charged with the oversight of the management of public money,” Sofiene Toubal, chair of the financial oversight committee, says. “We believe the fruits of these achievements will come in the near future.” The committee in question – on [...]