We deliver policy-relevant research and expert advice on democracy and governance issues.
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WFD's Environmental Democracy Adviser (left) speaking in Indonesia at the 2023 Conference on Human Rights co-hosted by WFD Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Universitas Jember (UNEJ), and the University of Sydney, among others.

WFD believes that robust evidence can improve effective programmes. And we know that good evidence is best drawn from practical experience. Investing in this cycle of evidence and experience makes us a better partner and a better organisation. 

We are gathering evidence on what works in strengthening democracy. We do this by commissioning new research as well as evaluating WFD programmes and activities. 

We work with leading academic partners, such as the University of Birmingham, King’s College London, and The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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WFD x University of Birmingham

Since 2016, WFD has been in a research partnership with the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. 

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Centre of Expertise on Democratic Governance

WFD is the primary partner delivering the services of the UK Government Centre of Expertise (CoE) on Democratic Governance, alongside FCDO’s Development and Open Societies Directorate, connecting FCDO posts with expertise to better navigate and respond to democratic governance issues, challenges, and developments.

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Production of a gender-sensitive PEA informed by in-country research, data collection and analysis, including entry points analysis.

Our resource library

Our library of resources brings together the research, expertise, and tools produced as part of our programmes as well as our research programme.

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Our global team of experts

Our team of in-house, full-time technical experts are recognised leaders in their fields and ensure our programmes are informed by the latest developments and deploy sector-leading interventions.

Our in-country staff are local to the places we work and have unparalleled knowledge of their politics, norms, history, language, and institutions.