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Reflecting on a Open Government Partnership Parliamentary Day event in December 2021, Julia Keutgen outlines parliaments' role in restricting and defending civic space and argues that whilst coalitions for change between civil society and parliament require enormous effort, they are vital for defending civic space.
21 January 2022
Campaign finance law is a controversial policy area in Moldova, Indonesia and Nigeria. Legislative changes related to the electoral process are usually taking place in a very tense and challenging political environment and tend to accommodate interests of dominant political parties. Therefore, there is always a risk of law making become politicised, which leaves the main legislative challenges unaddressed.
19 January 2022
banknotes in various currencies
Banjul / London – Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s (WFD) Thematic Election Expert Observation Mission (TEEOM) has today issued its Final Report on the 4 December 2021 Presidential Election in The Gambia.
13 January 2022
Very little of the security and stability we strive for can be achieved without women’s equal and unapologetic participation. That’s why we need to help make sure girls in school can become women in politics. It’s 2022 – time to start making it happen.
12 January 2022
A delegate signs the #SheWill wall at the Girls' Education Forum, London, 7 July 2016
The adoption of the Glasgow ACE Work Programme, agreed at COP26, represents a renewed commitment to integrating environmental democracy practices throughout the commitments made across the conference. The upcoming Summit for Democracy provides the opportunity to mainstream the environmental democracy approach.
14 December 2021
Protestors holding up a sign that says there is no planet B
WFD established the Global Election Support Centre (GESC) to be able to provide the needed expertise to Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) staff and to develop new integrated approaches to support and safeguard electoral integrity throughout the electoral cycle.
14 December 2021
people queuing at a polling station
WFD, through the FCDO-funded Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP), worked with decision makers and civic actors in Uganda to make progress towards equality.
14 December 2021
people smiling at the camera
Under the Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP), WFD engaged and worked with different stakeholders on an evidence-based approach to LGBT+ issues in Sri Lanka.
14 December 2021
LGBT flag
To end violence against women we need women in politics. That is why the upcoming Summit for Democracy must address both women’s political leadership and violence against women in politics.  
09 December 2021
Women at a stop violence against women in politics event
Moroccan women MPs who participated in WFD’s programmes believe they are better equipped to communicate with constituents and overcome the challenges they face
09 December 2021
Women MPs in Morocco in a meeting with a WFD staff member
For too long, corruption has been viewed as a secondary development issue. This is a mistake. Corruption is a security issue of the first degree. Dirty money and democracy don’t go together.
08 December 2021
The inclusion of women and young people is transforming political culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina and having positive impacts for communities and the environment
08 December 2021
a bag on a chair at a WFD event
Once the Summit for Democracy is over and we move into the year of action, legislators and political leaders who want to promote respect for human rights and help build disability-inclusive societies would do well to bear this set of skills and qualities in mind – and make sure they cultivate them
03 December 2021
a diagram showing the skills and qualities leaders need to bring about inclusive change
One of the least-trumpeted outcomes of COP26 is the Glasgow work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE). Its substance is unmissable as countries bite the bullet and start working out how to deliver on their Glasgow pledges. 
30 November 2021
An infographic of the ACE principles
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (VRU) tends to focus on the legislative rather than the oversight aspect of its role. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in spring 2020, Ukraine enacted over 27 pieces of emergency legislation to enable the government to respond to the crisis. In a context where the scrutiny of laws is already insufficient, this particular batch of legislation was rushed through and received even less attention from parliament than would normally be the case. Supported by this British Embassy funded-programme, the Committee on Economic Development conducted a post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) pilot to assess the effectiveness and the impact of COVID-19 emergency legislation and presented its findings to the government in a PLS report.
26 November 2021
the roof of the Ukraine Parliament building