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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.
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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.
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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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Our message reflecting on the conflicts that are raging as the world marked the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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WFD hosted the inaugural Democracy Action Partnership (DAP) in Bali, Indonesia, gathering democratic changemakers in the Asia region to dive into the interrelated forms of violence against women in politics and elections and facilitate responses.
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Created at the 2023 Democracy Action Partnership, Bali Indonesia: Taking Collective Action on Violence, Online and Offline, Against Women in Politics and Elections.
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Post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) is the practice of monitoring the implementation and evaluating the impact of laws. The aim is to ensure that laws benefit citizens in the way originally intended by lawmakers. In Ukraine, WFD has been supporting the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (VRU) to continue this important work despite the war.
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WFD recently hosted a residential professional development course on public debt oversight and anticorruption to help achieve the SEAPAC Regional Action Plan.
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WFD's expert outlines how stopping opaque money from corrupting politics is key to the fight against corruption and the preservation of democratic values.
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The active participation of persons with disabilities in political parties is crucial for promoting social inclusion, strengthening democracy, fostering economic development, and protecting human rights.
sensitisation training for Kenya disability parliamentary association
Maldives, with a significant young population, grapples with low youth representation in politics. Along with local experts, WFD in Maldives aims to support youth voices and participation and identify the concerns of young people that demand attention from lawmakers.
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WFD's CEO Anthony Smith picks out nine highlights from the new UK Government white paper on international development, which is a big step forward in the integration of democratic governance into international development policy.
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