There is a growing trend towards the use of internet shutdowns around elections. It is vital that the international elections community takes coordinated pre-emptive action to ensure that internet shutdowns do not become an established or tolerated international norm.
15 March 2022
Political parties can help strengthen environmental democracy through mediating public preferences and political voices, by holding government accountable on environmental actions, and through party competition. But there is a need for more awareness of environmental issues and policy responses to climate change among political parties – that is where international support can help.
14 March 2022
Our Long-Term Observer (LTO) training provides knowledge and skills required for those aspiring to become LTOs in future OSCE/ODIHR missions. The course will take place from Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 March 2022 from 09:00-17:00 in Westminster, London.
10 March 2022
In both times of war and of peace, women's political leadership helps build societies that benefit us all
WFD's Sophia Fernandes and Halyna Shevchuk, Ukraine Country Representative, highlight the importance of women's political participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
07 March 2022
The Lebanese youth is severely underrepresented in Parliament, where the median age of MPs is 60.4 years. That is why WFD trained young people elected as MPs to the Lebanese Youth Parliament.
04 March 2022
The role of parliaments is not only to adopt legislation, but also to ensure that the laws are of good quality and implemented in practice. This can only happen if laws are scrutinized after they have been adopted.
03 March 2022
WFD’s current Inclusive and Accountable Politics (IAP) programme in Uganda is expanding on its past work by promoting quality representation and inclusion of both women and youth. WFD also works directly with Uganda MPs to support their capacity to carry out their accountability function in parliament.
02 March 2022
WFD statement on the illegal invasion of Ukraine
28 February 2022
Tickets for the Training for UK short term observers to election observation missions are sold out for both the sessions on 21st February. WFD is planning to launch further STO training sessions later this year.
11 February 2022
A perennial focus on election day distracts from the real value of election observation, which comes after the vote
Election days matter in democracy – but they are not the only thing that matters. The best time to defend electoral integrity, and therefore democracy, is after an election. To be able to make improvements, we need politically smart approaches to electoral reform.
27 January 2022
Two recent developments in the Lebanese Parliament show the progress being made in the country to achieve the sustainable development goals and uphold human rights.
25 January 2022
It is all about checks and balances: Parliaments and civil society working hand in hand to defend civic space
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
Achieving more electoral integrity through post legislative scrutiny of election campaign finance legislation
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
Westminster Foundation for Democracy mission finds more needs to be done to protect media freedom and encourage inclusive political participation in The Gambia
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