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Kari Henriksen conducting a pre-electoral visit to Colorado, 28 Oct. 2020
September 09th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and worsened a range of vulnerabilities and inequalities across the globe. Epidemic diseases are nothing new, in fact they have broken out periodically throughout human history. COVID-19 is not the first and certainly will not be the last pandemic the world has to face.  Therefore, it is important that […]

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September 06th, 2021

WFD and the Institute of Civic Development  have launched a campaign to challenge hate speech in Kyrgyzstan in the run up to the country’s parliamentary elections.

August 31st, 2021

The Western Balkans countries have a long history of emigration but trends in recent years we have shown increasing numbers of young people leaving and based on many reports the levels are among the highest in the world. While there have been many causes attributed to this complex phenomenon there has not been research into […]

August 27th, 2021

Analysing anti-bribery legislation is important to identify weaknesses and areas of improvement in existing laws. In the third publication of WFD’s anti-bribery and integrity series, a comparative analysis is carried out of the UK Bribery Act (2010) and anti-corruption legislation in Ukraine, Indonesia and Kenya.  These three jurisdictions were selected on the basis that they […]

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August 26th, 2021

Addressing the critical knowledge gaps within political parties to create and promote more disability inclusive political discourse, political commitments, and public policy making is fundamental for strengthening multi-party democracy. This is not a simple task though. It requires, among other things: building strong partnerships; conducting subtle research studies to generate evidence; lobbying political parties, state […]

Map of Africa on the globe
August 25th, 2021

Citizen participation is at the heart of democracy. Around the world, a deliberative wave has been growing as innovative ways of involving citizens in policy-making have gained traction with governments and citizens. And Africa has not been left behind:  From deliberative participatory budgeting in Kenya, and addressing corruption in Malawi, to risk management in flood […]

A group of women sitting around a table with notebooks and pens, working collaboratively
August 20th, 2021

Ensuring that women and minority groups in Bangsamoro have political voice and meaningful representation is essential to enable the autonomous region to transition into a working democratic entity. In support of this vision, WFD recently held a Strategic Planning Workshop on Political Advocacy for members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Social Welfare Committee (SWC) in Bangsamoro. From 11th – 13th August 2021, 20 members of the SWC gathered for the event which took place in Isulan town, Sultan Kuarat.   The aim of […]

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August 10th, 2021

What it takes to organise a successful citizens’ assembly on climate change

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August 05th, 2021

Does your Green party want to diversify its funding sources? Would you like to meet with experienced Green representatives from other countries to learn about their party fundraising successes? Would your party like to refresh its fundraising strategy? Then the Green Fundraising Programme might be of interest to you. The Green Fundraising Programme is an […]

A person putting a ballot paper in a ballot box, looked on by another person
August 02nd, 2021

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world. This includes electoral processes. We recruit, train and deploy election observers to undertake long and short-term observations around the world. We also recruit observers on behalf of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We are […]

a sign saying one world with an image of the globe
July 28th, 2021

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time: temperatures are rising, drought and wildfires are occurring more frequently, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising. To mitigate this, huge changes at all levels of society, politics and businesses are required. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the […]

hands raised in the air
July 28th, 2021

Earlier this year, Stanford University, in collaboration with the Center for Deliberative Democracy, completed an experiment that looked at whether deliberative democracy could depolarize US political debates.  In May 2021, 600 young students from across the US came together to discuss policy proposals, such as the new wealth tax, universal income and electoral college reforms. Online, the students participated in a structured an equitable […]

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