WFD and Sierra Leone’s University of Makeni organised a panel discussion for citizens to engage with politicians, attended by more than 600 people.
In 2018, WFD launched its Inclusive and Accountable Politics Programme. The programme is focused on promoting transparent and inclusive politics in Sierra Leone through supporting the operationalisation of the Government’s international commitments regarding openness and transparency. The project is supporting the Parliament of Sierra Leone to use Open Government Partnership (OGP) as a tool to promote openness, transparency and inclusion, and will run from 2018 – 2021.
The need for Parliament to make itself accessible to citizens is borne out of the fact that there has been a general perception that the institution seems to be remote, inaccessible and far removed from the people it purports to represent. There has been an ever growing need to respond to this viewpoint, so that Parliament is seen visible and accessible to its constituents. By bringing Parliaments into the openness agenda, it will
- Make Parliament accessible to the public and enhance public understanding in parliamentary work;
- Create awareness and increase the visibility of the Parliament of Sierra Leone;
- Enable strategic engagement between the Parliament and its stakeholders: Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations and Academics for potential collaboration.
- Agree on ways of working between Parliament and CSO in supporting the implementation of the Parliamentary Openness Agenda.
This programme is supported through funds from the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D). The programme is focused on promoting disability inclusion in Parliament and Local Councils in Sierra Leone. The project is primarily targeting Parliament to demonstrate leadership in taking concrete steps to raise awareness and integrate disability friendly policy within its operations.
Through this Programme, WFD is collaborating and supporting disability coordination within the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, the Freetown City Council and the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI).
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WFD works with the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues to work for inclusive development in Sierra Leone, through supporting persons with disabilities to make their voices heard in national decision-making.
Democracy goes beyond the ballot box. For democracy to flourish, elected representatives need to be able to find out and understand the needs of the people they represent. Ways for people to find out what is going on in parliament and respond to it are just as important. In Sierra Leone, WFD has been working […]