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Democracy Matters is a forum where we publish articles, opinions and research on all aspects of democracy.
People on top of the Berlin Wall celebrating its fall. The Brandenburg Gate is pictured in the background.
November 09th, 2019

WFD’s Chief Executive reflects on the importance of strong institutions and good leadership in strenthening democracy in the decades since 1989 and today.

November 07th, 2019

Governance and oversight of the democracy- and governance-support sector  relies heavily  on reporting, specifically reporting in a narrative format. However, that type of reporting, which for some parts of the sector have come to be largely synonymous with “monitoring”, is only useful for certain purposes and is limiting for a variety of reasons. How is WFD tackling the challenge?

October 30th, 2019

WFD’s Senior Governance Advisor, Franklin de Vrieze, explains the importance of assessing the implementation, impact and unintended effects of legislation for the protection and promotion of human rights in Indonesia. “Public expectations of parliaments’ legislative success have evolved substantially, from getting laws on the statute book to ensuring that laws are brought into effect and […]

Tootsie Pop owl and aid
August 27th, 2019 | Tags: Aid, DFID, Governance, thinking and working politically, Tootsie Pop, TWP

WFD’s Director of Research and Evaluation Graeme Ramshaw explores how in governance, looking at how and why things happen can be just as important as the end result.   After several months immersed in content on politics and development, thinking and working politically (TWP), and adaptive management, my mind is awash with ‘wicked problems’, intractable […]

June 28th, 2019

WFD’s Chief Executive, Anthony Smith, responds to Democracy Under Pressure: A Global Survey – a joint product from the International Republican Institute (IRI) and french think-tank, the Fondation pour l’Innovation.   Understanding the political context in which international democracy support takes place is vital to ensure the right issues, including participation, oversight and transparency are […]

50:50 campaing in Malawi calls for more women in politics
June 27th, 2019

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 […]

Young Serbian's learn about their political rights through WBDI
May 24th, 2019

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 […]

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