In March 2022, a new programme to support women MPs launched.
02 September 2022
In Ukraine, WFD focuses on the VRU’s institutional capacity, primarily around accountability and oversight procedures.
02 September 2022
WFD hosted a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) delegation and convened a women MPs mentorship workshop, in partnership with the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) and UN Women. The workshop – which targeted new women parliamentarians – explored effective committee work and impactful external communications.
15 August 2022
Recently, WFD brought together youth leaders from the main political parties in Albania, to participate in a workshop to strengthen their leadership skills. Held in the region of Gjirokastër, in the south of the country, the event saw 17 youth leaders participate in the activities.
12 August 2022
WFD announces three-year programme to boost parliaments' engagement with young people in the Middle East and North Africa.
On 12 August – International Youth Day – we are announcing a new three-year programme to boost engagement between parliaments and young people in Algeria, Morocco, and Lebanon.
11 August 2022
Sierra Leone’s Parliament jointly tops the 2022 open parliament index on public accountability in West Africa
WFD has been partnering with the Parliament of Sierra Leone to strengthen its capacity in different areas around the Open Government Parliament. The institution’s efforts to promote openness, accountability, and participation were recognised in the maiden Africa Open Parliament Index (OPI) report, as the institution ranked among the top in West Africa.
01 August 2022
In less than a year’s time, Nigerians will be heading to the polls. The 2023 general elections scheduled for February/March 2023 will be the 7th since the country returned to democratic governance 23 years ago. This is the longest period of democratic governance in the history of Nigeria. While this is the case, there are a few challenges to be addressed in the journey towards strengthening democracy.
28 July 2022
Looking back at three successful years of WFD’s collaborative programme with the Algerian Parliament
Strong parliaments/legislatures are cornerstones of democracy. In 2019, WFD launched a programme that strengthened its partnership with the Algerian Parliament. Here is a summary of some of the programme’s outcomes after three years of successful implementation.
25 July 2022
On Tuesday 24 May 2022, select members of a visiting delegation from the Malaysian Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) on Women, Children, and Social Development visited WFD’s new offices for meetings related to gender equality, data and budgeting.
21 July 2022
WFD is looking for two UK Long-Term Observers (LTO) for the ODIHR/OSCE Election Observation Missions to the general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
19 July 2022
WFD and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK recently offered a 4-day induction training to the newly elected and appointed National Assembly Members (NAMs) in the Gambia.
01 July 2022
Dr Inaya Ezzeddine, a Lebanese MP from the Tyre province in the south, has amassed an impressive record in parliamentary work over the last four years, which has contributed to the country’s resilience and stability. WFD supported MP Ezzeddine to help respond to the Lebanon multi-crisis, in which taxpayers have been hard-pressed to meet basic needs.
27 June 2022
A WFD-affiliated coalition helps identify obstacles to the implementation of crucial e-government law in Lebanon
In Lebanon, Law number 81/2018 on E-Transactions and Data Protection has been passed for years, but legal and institutional factors have played a significant role in blocking its implementation. A WFD affiliated network, the Digital Transformation and Governance Network (DTGN), stepped in to identify these blockages, and to carry out the advocacy work needed to overcome them.
27 June 2022
Writing for writing for Carnegie Europe, our CEO Anthony Smith explores how best to support democracy after the invasion of Ukraine.
14 June 2022
On June 8 1982, US President Ronald Reagan addressed UK MPs in the Palace of Westminster, proposing the creation of democracy assistance organisations. On the 40th anniversary of that speech, our Chair Richard Graham MP reflects on what "today's equivalent of Reagan's call to democratic arms" should look like and argues for a "renewed call to action to support democracy."
08 June 2022