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A delegation from Malawi and Zambia met with members of the Scottish Parliament and officials from the Scottish Government International Development Team as part of a mutual learning exchange organised by the Scottish National Party (SNP) WFD programme.
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The Orange Day celebration in Sierra Leone's Parliament, highlighted the commitment to gender equality and democracy, marked by significant support for women's rights and political participation.
Orange day celebration in SL
Spiraling debt can undermine public services, marginalise the vulnerable, and compromise the future of democracy. This blog delves into the critical importance of addressing public debt in a democratic way.
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As each and every day takes us closer to the 2030 goal of achieving the sustainable development goals, we need policies that can close the inequality gap to be backed up by allocating adequate resources in the budget towards actualising them. Gender-responsive budgeting is part of the way forward.
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The first-ever seminar for female MPs in Sierra Leone, facilitated by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), united women from different political parties to address national issues impacting women, marking a significant move towards inclusivity and collaborative governance.
Female members of parliament forge collaboration at WFD seminar in Sierra Leone
The Kenya Parliament put to use WFD’s Public Debt Management Assessment Toolkit (PDMAT) to enhance its oversight on public debt, identifying crucial reform areas for improved transparency and accountability in financial management.
The Kenya Parliament utilized the WFD’s Public Debt Management Assessment Toolkit (PDMAT) to enhance its oversight on public debt, identifying crucial reform areas for improved transparency and accountability in financial management.
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) recently organised a conference to help combat violence against women in politics. Discussions focused on strategies to reduce gender-based violence and promote the involvement of women in the political sphere.
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In Kenya, WFD's programme is enhancing parliament's role in transparency, accountability, and inclusivity, with notable progress in legislative tracking and public debt oversight amidst implementation challenges.
official launch of the County Legislative Tracker
WFD organised a two-day policy training in Morocco, empowering youth and civil society for more inclusive parliamentary work.
Participants and stakeholders at the policy development training in Morrocco
Sierra Leone is on a transformative path toward greater transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in parliamentary affairs. WFD plays a key supporting role, actively engaging in efforts to strengthen parliamentary oversight and representation.
Gender- sensitive reporting training
Last year saw the conclusion of phase two of the Global Equality Project, a programme funded by the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and delivered jointly by Kaleidoscope Trust and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). The project focused on fighting discrimination against women and girls, LGBT+ people and other intersectionally disadvantaged groups in a range of countries.
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Kenya aims for at least 5% representation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in elective and appointive bodies, as mandated by Article 54 (2) of its 2010 Constitution. Despite comprising 2.2% of the population, PWDs face systematic exclusion, particularly in politics where efforts for inclusivity remain limited.
Presentation of Award
The coming year will therefore put a spotlight on both the global state of democracy and how inclusive electoral processes are.
A polling official confirms a voter's identity during the Pakistani general elections in July 2018. The two women are wearing colourful clothing and headscarves
Outcomes of COP28 have substantial implications for the operationalisation of the recent white paper on international development.
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Here is a selection of stories, analysis, and tools from the past year. Scroll down and you might find some inspiration for your New Year's resolutions.
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