By Graeme Ramshaw, WFD’s Director of Research and Evaluation, and Fulvio Menghini, WFD’s Director of Communication and External Affairs As democracies navigate their way through the COVID-19 crisis, there are many potential pitfalls. One particularly treacherous path is tempting – the road that leads to authoritarianism. Autocratic governments have seized the opportunity to peddle propaganda […]
By Victoria Hasson, WFD’s Senior Parliamentary Adviser Around the world parliaments are going virtual. But what this looks like, and its implications for the institution’s democratic standing, varies as widely as the impact of COVID-19 on any given country. The dangers of going digital are easy to anticipate and beginning to surface. What is clear […]
A thorough understanding of the effects of political trust, and how it can be built, is essential to combat the rise of populism and anti-system parties, and would be valuable for democracy assistance more broadly. Despite this, political trust remains poorly understood.
A new survey by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) Serbia shows a very high level of distrust among the Serbian citizens in the democratic process in the country. 80 percent believe that voting will not change the situation in Serbia and 60 percent of the surveyed citizens do not trust any politician in the country. […]
by Sophia Fernandes, WFD’s Inclusion Adviser and Interim Regional Director for Asia As we move from counting ‘weeks’ to ‘months’ of physical distancing measures in the UK and start to see other countries emerge from counter-COVID-19 restrictions, the blurry picture of the long-term consequences of emergency measures and the pandemic at large is starting to […]
In Nigeria, in addition to funds mobilised by government to fight the pandemic and support citizens, the private sector and the international community has contributed money and materials to support the fight against COVID-19. However, it is important that democracy is promoted, by ensuring accountability and transparency in the use of the funds, inclusion, equality, […]
A balance between ensuring the safety of people and safeguarding their rights ought to be possible by keeping human rights standards at the forefront of the public health agenda and any national, regional, or global strategy to fight the pandemic.
By Chris Levick, WFD Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia Governments around the world have introduced emergency measures to fight the coronavirus, often alongside significant financial support packages designed to cushion the economic impacts of the virus and ensure livelihoods. Within Europe we have seen some extreme examples: The Hungarian parliament – with its hefty […]
The Government of Nepal has invoked the Infectious Disease Act 1964 to battle coronavirus, including through enforcing quarantine. The Legislation Management Committee of the National Assembly has announced that it will conduct post-legislative scrutiny of the 57-year old law as part of its role to scrutinise government.
In April 2020 almost 200 students in North Macedonia logged in to online sessions empowering them be active members of the academic community and society. Due to the measures to protect against COVID-19 in the country, students were among the first groups to change their lives with the closing down of schools and universities mid-March. […]
On the 8th May 2020, Sierra Leone experienced a 90-minute light on its journey to hope and unity through a National Conference focused on discussing strategies that will urge all political parties and the government to tone down unhelpful rhetorics, utterances and actions. The country’s democratic pillars of good governance, respect for human rights and protection of national […]