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July 09th, 2020

Legislation intervenes in the life of all but does not impact everyone in the same way. Women, men, and non-binary people, the young and the old, persons with and without disabilities, people of distinct race and ethnic origin are all affected differently, because of their different needs and situations and because of existing structural inequalities […]

July 01st, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic requires governments to respond to the health emergency and address the subsequent economic shock. Mitigating the effects of the pandemic requires financial resources at a time when the economic activities and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are declining. As governments roll out economic recovery packages and borrow to compensate for the loss of […]

June 26th, 2020

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) […]

June 25th, 2020

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is delighted to host Richard Graham MP, the PM’s Trade Envoy to ASEAN, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and Rushanara Ali MP, UK Trade Envoy to Bangladesh, for a discussion on democracy and trade on Thursday 9 July.  The challenges involved in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have threatened to weaken democracy in many countries globally, at a time when the UK is looking to position itself as ‘Global Britain’ and forge new trading […]

June 22nd, 2020

WFD and the Indonesian Committee for Inter Parliamentary Cooperation of the House of Representatives (DPR) are hosting a webinar exploring what role parliaments have in overseeing public spending during and after the pandemic, drawing on the experiences of those parliaments that have adapted and exercised their oversight at this critical time. Wednesday 8th July 2020 […]

June 16th, 2020

The importance of uniting across sectors, issues, and generations to build a healthier, more gender-equal future is clear. Views through the gender and inclusion lens are vital for effective COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. When grounded in human rights, it paves the way to a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable future for all. The major […]

June 09th, 2020

If the trend of youth emigration continues at its current pace, Bosnia and Herzegovina is looking at a future stripped of its biggest potential, young people. WFD BiH has prepared the first study to respond to this question: what are the actual costs of youth emigration from Bosnia and Herzegovina? Friday 12 June 2020 11:00 […]

June 03rd, 2020

The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of a new parliamentary year and the President sets out his government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. This State Opening will usher in the start of the Sixth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone. The State Opening happens on […]

May 29th, 2020

How have young people in East Africa been affected by the pandemic? What can government, development partners and non-state actors do to support a stronger youth bounce back after the pandemic? Spotlighting evidence from a regional study on disruptions of COVID-19 to youth life and discussion on what government, development partners and non-state actors can do to support a stronger […]

May 29th, 2020

Sierra Leone’s body politic has been bedeviled in recent weeks with heightened political tensions. In the last few weeks alone, there have been an alleged attempted jailbreak, unlawful arrests of high-profile opposition politicians and countless accusations and counter-accusations by the country’s two major political parties. This is further worsened by the creation and circulation of […]

May 29th, 2020

COVID-19 is ravaging the entire globe, including Nigeria. In support of the advocacy for democracy amid this international health crisis, WFD Nigeria is leading a discussion on sustaining democracy through this period. This webinar, held on the 15th May, focused on the need for accountability and transparency, especially among government officials. It identified what these […]