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Dec. 2nd, 2020

Analysis of the Kyrgyz Legal Framework for the Right to Information

Westminster Foundation for Democracy, within the framework of EU-funded Media Dialogue project, conducted an analysis of the legal framework for the Right to Information (RTI) in Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, focusing on the Law on Access to Information (ATI), as well as the Law on Guarantees and other related laws. The analysis was carried […]

Nov. 26th, 2020

Supporters, spoilers or sidelined: the role of parliaments in peacebuilding

Parliaments are likely to play a crucial role when states transition from war towards peace. Yet this role is often overlooked and very little research exists on the role of parliaments in peace processes and peacebuilding. Parliaments are an important arena for the inclusion of warring parties, and the resulting interactions could either aid or […]

Nov. 9th, 2020

Combatting Corruption Capably: An assessment framework for parliament’s interaction with anti-corruption agencies

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 […]

Nov. 5th, 2020

Financial Accountability Series

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 […]

Nov. 4th, 2020

House of Commons: Committee Staff Skills Manual for Myanmar

Published in 2019 as part of the House of Commons Hluttaw capacity-building project, this manual is designed to help Myanmar Hluttaw Research and Committee staff develop the skills needed to conduct high-quality research for Members. Whether the task is to write a briefing, identify potential stakeholders or investigate new topics of interest for Members or […]

Oct. 29th, 2020

The cost of politics in Uganda

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

Oct. 28th, 2020

The Cost of Parliamentary Politics in The Gambia

Since independence in 1965, The Gambia has held periodic multi-party elections. But it had never registered an electoral turnover of power until December 2016 when independent presidential aspirant Adama Barrow, backed by seven opposition political parties, defeated the incumbent, Yahya Jammeh. Following the defeat of Jammeh – whose 22-year dictatorship was characterised by attacks on […]