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A series of colorful notes from many different countries
July 23rd, 2021

WFD has teamed up with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) to launch a new website to host our research on the cost of running for and staying in elected office in different countries around the world.   What is the cost of politics?  Quite simply, the cost of politics is how much it costs to run […]

MPs in the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia wearing masks
July 21st, 2021

In the financial year April 2020 to March 2021, WFD implemented 74 programmes to strengthen democracy across 43 countries. Our Annual Report and Accounts for the period was laid in Parliament on 21 July 2021. It shows how our work shone a light on the links between the pandemic response and democracy, supported the response […]

A hand holding a post written 'There is no planet B'
July 18th, 2021

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place later this year, in Glasgow, United Kingdom from 1-12 November 2021. COP26 is considered to be the most important inter-governmental meeting on the environment since the Paris Agreement in 2015. This is because it will […]

As seen from left to right: Previous Chair of ICT Committee Ex MP Nadim El Gemayel, Chair of Women and Child Committee MP Inaya Ezzedine, Director of DTN Professor Nadim Mansouri, WFD Lebanon Representative Mrs. Hasnaa Mansour at the launch of the Digital Transformation Network in June 2019
July 16th, 2021

Since the 2018 parliamentary elections, Lebanon’s commitment to digital transformation has ramped up. The switch to an e-government builds on a growing momentum amongst politicians and civil society activists who believe that digital transformation can increase transparency and accountability within the government. As part of its programme to Strengthen Parliamentary Practices and Accountability in Lebanon, […]

People speaking into a microphone
July 15th, 2021

WFD published an analysis looking into the impact of the pandemic on persons with disabilities in North Macedonia, produced by the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The analysis was presented to the public in June 2021, in the presence of Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Jagoda Shahpaska and British Deputy Ambassador Dominic Otway. The […]

VRU Ukrainian Parliament
July 13th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic required the rapid formulation of emergency laws. In Ukraine, like elsewhere, government had to rush through laws. This is concerning, because the analysis of laws is rarely valued highly even when the process is slower. Monitoring the impact of laws helps ensure that they are achieving their desired outcomes. It also helps […]

July 09th, 2021

During the winter, air pollution in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reaches unprecedented levels, with country’s capital Sarajevo often being the most polluted capital in the world. Indoor air pollution is particularly dangerous for citizens of BiH, although it is an issue that remains relatively unknown as outdoor air pollution takes over when the entire country […]

2018 Russian election LED display in Moscow, 16 March 2018
July 08th, 2021

Important: Please note WFD issued this call for long-term observers (LTOs) to take part in the OSCE election observation mission to the upcoming State Duma elections in Russia. That mission has now been cancelled by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) and its Parliamentary Assembly. The ODIHR has said that “The […]

Three people walking in sand towards the camera, with trees in the background
July 07th, 2021

This gender equality training manual was developed under the Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP) and supported by WFD. It was developed as part of the efforts towards integrating an intersectional lens in the engagement of issues surrounding the advancement of women and girls. The purpose of the manual is as follows: To enhance the overall understanding […]

The Parliament of Uganda
July 07th, 2021

The COVID19 pandemic has caused devastating disruptions the world over. The impact will continue to be felt by all, albeit in varying degrees. In Uganda, government is unable to squarely deal with the effects; especially for its vulnerable population, including women, girls and persons with disabilities. The emergency measures and realities dawned by the COVID-19 […]

A man in a lecture hall raising his hand
July 06th, 2021

Assessing the consequences and impact of laws is called post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) is critical for helping to make sure laws are effective and improve people’s lives. This guide for civil society explains what post-legislative scrutiny is, why it is important, and how to go about it

Open door leading to the House of Commons, with a poster on social distancing off to the right hand side
June 30th, 2021

The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual workers across all sectors is matched within the institutions of our democracies. Parliaments often have over 1000 elected representatives. In addition, they are supported by double and sometimes triple that number of staff. COVID adaptations were as rapid and as extensive in parliaments as they were in […]

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