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Young people should be better represented, Kenyan activist tells UK Parliament

2019-07-08T15:23:34+00:00July 8th, 2019|CP4D, Democracy in the World (APPG), Kenya, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of the Kenyan population is 19 years; in Uganda it’s just under 16 years. Yet young people in East Africa are severely underrepresented in politics. This is an issue which has inspired David Momanyi, an experienced youth activist from Kenya who is striving to ensure that all young people can have [...]

It’s not (only) about the numbers: how to amplify the voices of women in politics

2019-06-27T11:08:46+00:00June 27th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Norms and Standards, Political Economy of Democracy Promotion, Women’s Political Leadership|

Dr Susan Dodsworth and Professor Nic Cheeseman  Across the world activists are working hard to get more women in politics. Their degree of success has varied. In Kenya, for example, women now make up almost 22% of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. This represents a significant improvement compared to 2010, when women [...]

Youth emigration costs Serbia €1.2 billion a year

2019-10-16T09:28:19+00:00May 24th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Serbia, Western Balkans, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Youth emigration could cost Serbia up to €1.2 billion per year and 4 out of 5 young Serbs think about emigrating. That’s according to new research which WFD and think tank the Institute for Development and Innovation have published. Serbia has one of the highest youth emigration levels in the Balkan region. While the main [...]

Engaging parliaments on reviewing legislative impact

2019-06-12T19:13:08+00:00May 9th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Process and Practice|

As parliaments worldwide start to pay more attention to implementation of legislation, the University of Hull and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) recently organised in London an expert seminar on Post-Legislative Scrutiny, bringing together academics, parliamentary researchers, parliamentarians and legislative impact specialists. Lord Norton of Louth captured the evolving expectations on the increasing role [...]

IPSA conference: challenges of transparency and trust in politics

2019-05-16T15:27:20+00:00April 25th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Open Parliament, Parliaments, Space and Access|

In March 2019, IPSA hosted the world’s first conference for international parliamentary regulators. We brought together colleagues from 13 countries on five continents: Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Scotland, Wales, Zambia and the UK. We talked about the challenges of ‘Transparency and Trust’ in deciding how [...]

Indonesia leads the way on parliamentary commitment to openness in Asia

2019-04-18T14:06:12+00:00April 17th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Open Parliament, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|

As election day in Indonesia comes to an end, will the appointment of over 20,000 new legislators make its parliament more open and transparent? Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy and 192 million voters are going to the polls today. That is why, as in any democracy, it is important to have an open [...]

Getting more Bosnian women into politics

2019-04-29T15:35:39+00:00April 5th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, Women’s Political Leadership|

Equality between women and men is clearly enshrined in Bosnia and Herzegovina's constitution and yet, gender inequality persists in all spheres of society. Women are under-represented in political life, particularly in high-ranking positions and elected offices. Despite the obligatory 40% gender quotas for election lists, women’s actual representation remains low in all levels of [...]

UK parliamentary group calls to end violence against women in politics

2019-04-11T16:37:11+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Political party, Women’s Political Leadership|

Women’s political leadership improves societies around the world – raising economic productivity, reducing child and maternal mortality, and increasing opportunities for education and better health. Despite these benefits women face multiple barriers in politics, including violence. On 26 March, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Democracy in the World, a cross-party group of MPs and [...]

SNP support for cross-party women MPs in Malawi

2019-03-28T12:51:12+00:00March 28th, 2019|Political Parties, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

Scotland and Malawi have one of the strongest people to people links in the world, with 46% of Scots able to name a friend or family member with a connection to Malawi. This historic partnership and the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) positive experience of women in leadership meant supporting the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus of Malawi [...]

First women’s leadership training for African Liberal parties

2019-03-28T11:45:35+00:00March 8th, 2019|Political party, Women’s Political Leadership|

Progress is being made globally to increase the number of women in political leadership positions. Political parties can play a fundamental role supporting more women to get in to politics. WFD’s multi-party office, the Liberal Democrats and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organised the inaugural Women’s Leadership Programme of the Africa Liberal Network on [...]