WFD was established in 1992 to support fledgling democracies in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since then, WFD has been working with parliaments, political parties and civil society to strengthen democracy around the world. In the aftermath of Apartheid in South Africa, we ran voter education and democracy awareness programmes and provided non-partisan political party training. Following the Kosovo War in 1999, WFD quickly became involved in supporting the democracy-building effort, including supporting all political parties to communicate with the electorate in the run up to the first elections.
On this page, you can find information about the more recent achievements of and lessons from past WFD programmes focused on enabling more inclusive and accountable political systems, including fostering more ways for young people, women and people with disabilities to be included in decision-making.