10 September 2020: IALS/WFD Digital Conference: Are emergency measures in response to COVID-19 a threat to democracy? Fact and Fiction

2020-06-26T11:26:20+00:00June 26th, 2020|Events, Uncategorized|

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, over 100 countries have passed emergency laws or declared states of emergency. The restrictive measures have been accompanied by a worrying narrative about the negative impact of these measures on democratic processes and human rights. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) [...]

East African youth call for involvement in navigating the COVID-19 response

2020-07-05T13:00:31+00:00June 8th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Sub - Saharan Africa, Uncategorized, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

"We want to be involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in East Africa." 90% of young East Africans who responded to a  survey on how COVID-19 has impacted their lives agreed with this statement. COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways. In East Africa, where over 70% of the population are young [...]

WFD launches new Pandemic Democracy Tracker

2020-06-03T09:56:10+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

By Graeme Ramshaw, WFD’s Director of Research and Evaluation, and Fulvio Menghini, WFD’s Director of Communication and External Affairs  As democracies navigate their way through the COVID-19 crisis, there are many potential pitfalls. One particularly treacherous path is tempting – the road that leads to authoritarianism. Autocratic governments have seized the opportunity to peddle propaganda [...]

High-level policy dialogue on democracy and development in Mozambique with His Excellency President Joaquim Chissano

2020-02-21T17:15:09+00:00February 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), in partnership with Joaquim Chissano Foundation and the Institute of Governance, Peace and Leadership, conducted a High-Level Policy Dialogue on democracy development in Mozambique on 18 June 2019. The former President of the Republic of Mozambique, His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, was the patron of this High-Level Policy Dialogue on democracy [...]

More women in parliament in North Macedonia, but more needs to be done to bolster political participation

2020-04-07T11:13:23+00:00February 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Many factors limiting women’s participation in north Macedonia In the latest Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia, 45 out of 120 of MPs (38.3%) are women. Local councils established after the 2017 elections are 29.8% women. These numbers show progress in women’s political participation, but the figures still linger at the threshold of the [...]