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