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Complement not competitor: how deliberative and representative democracy can work together

2021-09-13T16:35:37+00:00September 14th, 2021|Open Parliament|

Deliberative democracy is based on the idea that an entire population has a stake in political decisions, especially when they can help to break political deadlocks. This is especially true when members of parliament feel unable to develop new laws or policies due to fear of voter retribution. It offers a way to breathe new life into [...]

Supporting the Sierra Leone Parliament in its commitment to openness and accessibility

2021-03-08T09:02:00+00:00March 8th, 2021|Open Parliament, Parliamentary|

Parliaments are fundamental institutions of democratic governance. Effective parliaments contribute to the rule of law, economic prosperity, and improved social welfare of a country. To support the Parliament of Sierra Leone in its commitment towards providing the best parliamentary services to its citizens, WFD partnered with the legislature of the West African state in developing [...]

Case Study: Opening parliament to civil society in Kenya

2021-03-03T10:03:42+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Open Parliament, Open Parliament Documents|

WFD has been working with the parliament of Kenya to continue its journey to become more open and transparent. Many of the programme’s activities have inspired participants pursue these goals, such as the development of the Public Participation Bill, the creation of an Open Government Partnership committee with members ship from civil society as well [...]

Rallying a coalition for change to tackle issues of youth emigration in Serbia 

2021-03-01T11:03:54+00:00January 27th, 2021|Open Parliament|

Youth emigration is a serious concern in Serbia with more than 60% of young people think about emigrating. This human outflow could potentially have a huge economic and social impact for the country. The establishment of a coalition for change rallying government representatives, businesses, education and civil society actors and an important study on the [...]

Open parliament: Sierra Leone’s national assembly committed to transparency for all citizens

2021-01-19T11:44:11+00:00December 18th, 2020|Open Parliament, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Openness and transparency are key ingredients of democratic governance. The two promote accountability and trust, which are necessary for the functioning of democracies. WFD recently held a two-day virtual study tour in Sierra Leone to support the country’s Parliament in its commitment to be an open and transparent institution for all citizens. Sierra Leone as [...]