The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and worsened a range of vulnerabilities and inequalities across the globe. Epidemic diseases are nothing new, in fact they have broken out periodically throughout human history. COVID-19 is not the first and certainly will not be the last pandemic the world has to face. Therefore, it is important that […]
WFD’s new approach focuses on long-term change and will engage partners at all phases of the electoral cycle: before, during and after the election period. By using our unique resources and experience with parliaments, political parties and electoral management bodies, our programmes enhance the integrity and credibility of electoral processes in selected countries worldwide. Our work will be structured around the different actors at all stages of the electoral cycle: election management bodies, civil society organisations, political parties, the executive, judiciary as well as legislative institutions.
Initiating a constructive conversation among core groups and supporting agents for democratic reform through WFD country teams will be the main approach. This includes engaging with regional networks and supporting south-south cooperation.
Developing national agenda for persons with disability in Sierra Leone In Sierra Leone, WFD’s inclusive and peaceful elections programme worked in partnership with government, political parties and local civil society organisations as part of the Standing Together for Democracy consortium, to engage youth, women and vulnerable groups in the March 2018 general election.
From developing election manifestoes with representatives from 14 political parties, to the launch of a National Agenda to involve people living with disabilities in the elections in partnership with the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI), a nationwide outreach tour in nine districts to promote tolerance and educate about politics in partnership with Community Agenda and a National Youth conference, were all ways we engaged different communities during the pre-election period.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, WFD in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supported the training of political party polling agents to provide local partners with the skills needed to support a credible electoral process.
Money might not guarantee electoral success but electoral success rarely comes to those with very little money. WFD’s research on the cost of politics examines the cost of running for office as well as for nomination and those faced during the time in office. The significant costs involved with running for office have a disproportionate impact on marginalised groups like young people and persons with disabilities, who along with women, are often excluded from the outset.
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world. This includes electoral processes. We recruit, train and deploy election observers to undertake long and short-term observations around the world. We also recruit observers on behalf of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We are […]
Connecting with constituents? Parliamentary aspirants’ use of WhatsApp in Uganda’s 2021 ‘scientific’ election
Uganda held general elections on 14 January 2021. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electoral Commission (EC) announced that these should be ‘scientific elections’ and adopted social distancing measures. In effect, this led to the curtailing of public rallies and in-person campaigning. Political parties and candidates were forced to rely heavily on newspapers, radio, and television […]