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Protestors holding up a large sign at a 2020 protest rally against Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus
March 09th, 2021

A framework for understanding and assessing the independence of electoral commissions around the world.

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March 08th, 2021

Parliaments are fundamental institutions of democratic governance. Effective parliaments contribute to the rule of law, economic prosperity, and improved social welfare of a country. To support the Parliament of Sierra Leone in its commitment towards providing the best parliamentary services to its citizens, WFD partnered with the legislature of the West African state in developing […]

women participants of the mentorship programme in BiH
March 05th, 2021

Studies show that women’s political leadership results in better outcomes for women and girls, as well as for society as a whole, and delivers progress in policy areas vital for economic growth and development, such as health, education and infrastructure. Even without these quantifiable dividends, the argument for women’s political empowerment is irrefutable – democracy […]

March 05th, 2021

Now is the time for parliaments and civil society to join forces to push back against shrinking civic spaces and protect democratic freedoms. In these worrying times, here are 4 things parliaments and their members can do to fight back against shrinking civic space.

A woman pointing at the television with a sign implying social distance
March 04th, 2021

As part of Participation and Openness Week – or POW! – WFD is pleased to launch our new report in partnership with MySociety – ‘Connecting Parliaments: Harnessing digital dividends to increase transparency and citizen engagement’. The overarching argument of this paper is that parliamentary digital transformation is a relatively underfunded area of work, but a […]

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March 02nd, 2021

This paper, authored by Julia Keutgen, Senior Transparency Advisor WFD, and Sarah Dodsworth, University of Queensland, is being launched as part of WFD’s Participation and Openness Week – or POW! Over the last 10 years an increasing number of governments have adopted new laws and practices that constrain civic space – the set of conditions […]

February 23rd, 2021

WFD has been working with the parliament of Kenya to continue its journey to become more open and transparent. Many of the programme’s activities have inspired participants pursue these goals, such as the development of the Public Participation Bill, the creation of an Open Government Partnership committee with members ship from civil society as well […]

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February 10th, 2021

Elections are a core process within a democracy. They provide opportunities for important debate on the future of a country. Nigeria – the most populous nation in Africa with over 200 million people and over 84 million registered voters – will hold its next general election in 2023. Ahead of the polls, the nation’s electoral […]

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January 28th, 2021

Programme Details Working with the parliament in Edo State, WFD has been supporting the adoption and implementation of the Open Government Partnership at a local level. This programme has practiced openness from the start, by inviting local civil society to participate in the development of the state action plan, and being jointly implemented by state […]

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January 28th, 2021

Corruption has a negative effect on development, economic growth, and democracy. Independent Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) are often recommended as the tool to curb corruption. However, the creation of such agencies is not a panacea to the scourge of corruption. In some instances, ACAs have been a disappointment and their effectiveness has been questioned. Their efficiency […]

January 28th, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic created many health, economic and social difficulties in Albania, where different categories of populations have faced different challenges and problems. According to the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), 6.2 % of the Albanian population belongs to the group of people with disabilities (PwD). To better understand how the pandemic crisis has affected […]

Ugandan Parliament Building
January 27th, 2021

Poorly implemented legal protections and societal stigma have resulted in significant barriers to the meaningful political participation of people with disabilities (PWDs) in Uganda. The establishment of a coalition for change, facilitated by WFD, brought together civil society organisations, youth organisations, members of parliament, government officials, and PWDs, to advocate for significant changes. Context Over […]

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