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Sierra Leone Parliament: Holds first virtual state opening globally

2020-06-23T16:05:31+00:00June 12th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

Since COVID-19 first arrived in Sierra Leone, the Government has taken key measures to counter the pandemic including declaring a state of public emergency, issuing a ban on public gatherings, and travelling, and suspending all religious activities. In Parliament, the Speaker asked political party leaders to only have half of their members in the chambers, [...]

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 [...]

Strengthening the Parliament of Kenya to effectively promote inclusion and accountability

2020-07-13T10:02:48+00:00June 7th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

In Kenya, WFD is carrying out its Inclusive and Accountable Programme (IAP) in partnership with Senate and National Assembly. The programme aims to improve the ability of the Parliament of Kenya to effectively address corruption and promote inclusion and accountability, helping it become a more open and efficient institution that responds to citizens’ needs. Through [...]

Advocating for Transparency and Accountability in COVID-19 Funds Management in Nigeria

2020-06-11T08:37:59+00:00May 16th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Financial oversight, Parliamentary|

In Nigeria, in addition to funds mobilised by government to fight the pandemic and support citizens, the private sector and the international community has contributed money and materials to support the fight against COVID-19.  However, it is important that democracy is promoted, by ensuring accountability and transparency in the use of the funds, inclusion, equality, [...]

WFD joins Campaign for Good Governance on a National call to calm and unity

2020-06-11T08:51:10+00:00May 10th, 2020|Democracy and Governance|

On the 8th May 2020, Sierra Leone experienced a 90-minute light on its journey to hope and unity through a National Conference focused on discussing strategies that will urge all political parties and the government to tone down unhelpful rhetorics, utterances and actions. The country’s democratic pillars of good governance, respect for human rights and protection of national [...]

Impact of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy programme on the Young Parliamentarians Forum

2020-05-06T12:35:34+00:00March 12th, 2020|CP4D, Sub - Saharan Africa|

The Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of the National Assembly Nigeria was represented at the recently held Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) Conference on “Inclusive Politics in Practice in the Commonwealth” which took place on the 4th to the 6th of March 2020 in Westminster, London. The Forum was represented by the Chairman YPF, Rep. Kabir [...]

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 [...]

Assessment of Voter Education in Osun State, Nigeria

2020-06-03T09:53:38+00:00January 6th, 2020|Elections, Elections|

Further to the establishment of the Voter Education Community Development Service (CDS) group in  three pilot states of Imo, Osun, and the Federal Capital Territory,  Corp members, under the supervision of the INEC  Voter Education Desk Officers (VEDOs) and NYSC Local Government Inspectors (LGIs), conducted Voter education and sensitisation in all the local governments of [...]