People sitting in a meeting
November 20th, 2020

A healthy democracy needs to include everyone in decision-making processes and structures of governance. However, in many parts of the world young people, women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) have often been relegated to the side-lines. At WFD, we believe that there are endless possibilities and opportunities that can be realized when all people are […]

people sitting at a social distance in a meeting
November 19th, 2020

There is a disconnect between citizens and the parliament in Indonesia. At least that is what the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Indonesian Parliament (DPR RI) found from a public perception survey conducted between July and August 2020. An overwhelming majority of the respondents agreed that public participation is “very important” in supporting […]

Maria Miller smiling at the camera
November 18th, 2020

The Foreign Secretary has approved the appointment of former Secretary of State Maria Miller MP to WFD’s Board of Governors.

A CCTV camera pointed at a window
November 18th, 2020

COVID-19 could affect a shift towards a surveillance culture. Once introduced, privacy-infringing technologies may be difficult to reverse. The next generation of digital technology and artificial intelligence could enable autocratic countries or those with weak democracies to identify and curb opposition. In democratic countries, there is a need for open discussion on how to prevent […]

Women MPs of the world
November 17th, 2020 | Tags: learning, women's political leadership

Truly improving women’s political participation goes beyond increasing the number of women in political office or laws to mandate equality. So how can we measure and evaluate women’s political pariticipation? WFD’s policy paper presents our approach.

November 11th, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 is proving to be an unprecedented global crisis which is causing virtually all public institutions and authorities to respond and to act. Our experience with the Human Rights and Gender Equality Network of Committees in the Western Balkan (HUGEN) shows that parliaments are no exception as they employ their capacities to […]

WFD remote training session in Bangsamoro
November 11th, 2020

If COVID-19 hit some of the world’s ‘old democracies’ hard, how about its impact on a fledgling, transitional authority emerging from decades of violent conflict? The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao, a new devolved administration in the Southern Philippines, was one year into a complex transition period when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Following […]

London skyline
November 09th, 2020

When the UK government published its Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017 to 2022, global corruption was recognised as having far-reaching effects, including prolonging extreme poverty, reducing economic activity, growth, trade and investment, and threatening international security. The World Bank’s analysis reinforces this, and there is no doubt that corruption is corrosive in many ways. Today, there exist […]

Staff members in the parliamentary budget office of North Macedonia
November 05th, 2020

How governments spend taxpayers’ money is too important to be left unchecked. Elected representatives, especially at a time of great pressure on state budgets, must be empowered to scrutinise and control spending decisions. To help them do this, Westminster Foundation for Democracy is launching a new series of policy briefs on parliaments and managing public […]

Parliament of Montenegro
November 02nd, 2020

Our Human Right and and Gender Equality Network of Committees (HUGEN) in the Western Balkans is working on improving regional cooperation between eight parliaments, adopting best international practise related to human rights and gender legislation but also on enhancing parliamentary oversight. Therefore, one of the first joint activities of HUGEN is the piloting the post-legislative […]

Flags of Commonwealth countries flying outside the Houses of Parliament in London
October 29th, 2020

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Kaleidoscope Trust are excited to announce the launch of a new programme that will focus on fighting discrimination against women and girls, LGBT+ people and other intersectionally disadvantaged groups.

The Parliament of Uganda
October 29th, 2020

Many Ugandans – particularly women and young people – are excluded from entering and participating in politics because they cannot afford it.

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