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August 10th, 2021

What it takes to organise a successful citizens’ assembly on climate change

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August 05th, 2021

Does your Green party want to diversify its funding sources? Would you like to meet with experienced Green representatives from other countries to learn about their party fundraising successes? Would your party like to refresh its fundraising strategy? Then the Green Fundraising Programme might be of interest to you. The Green Fundraising Programme is an […]

A person putting a ballot paper in a ballot box, looked on by another person
August 02nd, 2021

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world. This includes electoral processes. We recruit, train and deploy election observers to undertake long and short-term observations around the world. We also recruit observers on behalf of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We are […]

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July 28th, 2021

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time: temperatures are rising, drought and wildfires are occurring more frequently, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising. To mitigate this, huge changes at all levels of society, politics and businesses are required. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the […]

hands raised in the air
July 28th, 2021

Earlier this year, Stanford University, in collaboration with the Center for Deliberative Democracy, completed an experiment that looked at whether deliberative democracy could depolarize US political debates.  In May 2021, 600 young students from across the US came together to discuss policy proposals, such as the new wealth tax, universal income and electoral college reforms. Online, the students participated in a structured an equitable […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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