May 04th, 2020

One factor seems to dictate the extent to which governments have been able to respond successfully to the pandemic: political trust. In fact, existing research suggests that political trust may be the glue which holds democracies together. But, outside of Western democracies, we don’t know all that much about political trust, or about how political institutions like parliaments might built it up. WFD is looking into it.

An image of the debating chamber of the UK House of Commons. the people are sat at 2m intervals, to comply with social distancing regulation.
April 29th, 2020

By Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the UK House of Commons and Patron of Westminster Foundation for Democracy

April 23rd, 2020

UPDATE AT  24/04/2020 at 08.40AM BST: We can now confirm that Mr Ravio Patra, who was arrested two days ago (22 April) in Jakarta, has now been released from police custody. He is safe and well. We are aware a member of our team in Indonesia, Mr Ravio Patra, has been arrested last night (22 […]

April 22nd, 2020

Civil society organisations (CSOs) are a channel through which citizens can engage constructively with government to make sure that adequate services are provided, helping to build more inclusive and accountable democracies. Their role is especially important during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as people’s freedoms are curtailed and usual channels of engagement with government are […]

April 21st, 2020

How parliaments can uphold accountability for emergency powers granted to the executive

April 17th, 2020

Parliaments and parliamentarians can monitor and manage global state efforts through sharing lessons of effective national legislative action. Parliaments and parliamentarians across the world can also support each other as they develop new working practices to support citizens

April 14th, 2020

The emerging new public debt crisis in times of the pandemic needs urgent engagement by parliamentarians.

April 09th, 2020

Pandemics force humans to break with the past and imagine their worlds anew. Parliaments now need to break with the past to find new ways to legitimately support their citizens in a COVID and post-COVID world.

April 06th, 2020

What do we mean by open democracy and a transparent and reliable government in times of crisis and how can we make it a reality? Participatory democracy and civic tech could be part of the answer.

April 01st, 2020

There is a lot about the current situation with COVID-19 that is frightening and unknowable. However, there are also some extraordinary opportunities to do things differently – and do them better. There are some things that those involved in systems of governance can do to transform the current emergency into an opportunity to restructure gendered power norms and create healthier, more vibrant societies and communities.

March 31st, 2020

Those interested in democracy and good governance should be alive to both the risks and the opportunities posed by the coronavirus pandemic – their voices could make the difference between setback and progress.

March 18th, 2020

As ever, but especially during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, WFD’s priority is to support our staff and safeguard those we work with. That is why we are taking action across our programmes to minimise the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

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