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July 25th, 2017

On 25 July, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a new Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) to support the advancement of democracy in Nigeria through increased political participation and electoral representation of young people. At 60%, Nigeria has one of the highest shares of people aged between 18 and 35 in the world. Young people make […]

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July 25th, 2017

Democracy can help contrast corruption and enable fair distribution of resource by making information about government accounts available to the public. This is why we are working with the parliament of Mozambique to help them monitor spending. The country is developing very rapidly by tapping into a wealth of natural resources such as gas. Revenues […]

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July 25th, 2017

Written by George Kunnath, WFD Regional Director, Africa and Europe Sub-Saharan Africa has a youth population of 265 million. By 2045, the population of people under the age of 25 across the African continent is expected to rise by over 40%. Africa is full of young men and women with huge potential, eager to help […]

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June 30th, 2017

Written by: Wafa Bani Mustafa MP, Our girls and women who fall victim of violence, including domestic and sexual violence must deal not only with the life-changing consequences of abuse but also with legal systems, which, instead of providing prevention and protection to victims, help perpetrators. For over three years, I have been working with […]

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June 29th, 2017

Graeme Ramshaw, WFD’s Director of Research and Evaluation, participated in the European Partnership for Democracy launch event of the World Development Report 2017  in Brussels last week. Here are his takeaways on what this means for democracy support. The World Bank’s 2017 World Development Report “Governance and the Law”, encourages its readers to rethink governance for development. The […]

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May 31st, 2017

May 2017 saw the arrival in Kyiv of over 300 people from 52 countries interested in parliamentary openness. The Global Legislative Openness Conference was a two-day event, hosted by the Ukrainian Parliament and organised by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and the Open Parliament Initiative in Ukraine. WFD participated through […]

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May 31st, 2017

Written by: Sue Inglish, Independent Governor It is a great privilege to be asked to become an independent governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. I have been a broadcast journalist for most of my career covering elections at home and abroad and my experience has shown me that wherever you are in the world, […]

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April 26th, 2017

Demographic data is essential for effective, responsive and evidence-based legislation. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is supporting the Senate of Kenya develop new ways to collect county-level information which will help legislators decide where to improve public services. Kenya, which will hold a general election on 8 August, is currently going through a process of […]

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April 26th, 2017

Corruption is a significant and persistent challenge in Iraq. Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index puts Iraq 166th out of 175 countries, indicating a huge need to improve public sector financial management and tackle corruption. The security challenges that Iraq faces, including the threat of ISIS, have contributed to challenges to the nature and make-up of […]

Women candidates Sri Lanka local government elections
April 26th, 2017

“I had heard about the new women quota for elections but had little knowledge on how local government operates and the opportunities for public involvement”, says Ms. Jeeva Nishanthini, a 26-year-old local Tamil resident from the Nuwara Eliya district, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Between October 2016 and March 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), […]

Muhammad Mushtaq and Javid Iqbal with their host in the Scottish Parliament
March 30th, 2017 | Tags: Financial, Taxes

Kashif Mahmood Tariq, a former legislative drafter from Pakistan participated in a WFD organised placement in October 2016. Following his placement he argued that effective legislation needs a solid understanding of society. Parliaments find it very easy to pass laws. Yet those who work for them often find themselves scratching their heads about how to […]

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March 30th, 2017 | Tags: Allegations, Litigation, Taxes

Westminster Foundation for Democracy is committed to supporting the consolidation of democracy in Burma at both the national and regional level. Whilst our programme (in partnership with the UK House of Commons) with the Hluttaw in Naypidaw goes from strength to strength, our team in Burma looks to develop a complementary programme at the State […]

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