WFD produces research that aims to build an evidence base for and improve the quality of democracy assistance. We also generate policy that contributes new tools for democracy support, as well as guides for parliaments, civil society and democracy support practitioners. 
Browse our archive of resources below.
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Discover women's paths to political leadership in Southeast Asia with our research

This research outlines what barriers women face in their pursuit of political leadership and profiles women who have broken through these barriers or have forged and democratised pathways to political power. 

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This research report outlines the barriers women face in their pursuit of political leadership in Southeast Asia. It considers the structural, institutional, economic, and cultural factors that hinder or stop women from fully participating in political participation, leadership and governance. Read the executive summary on this page or download the full report in PDF format.
06 December 2022 | Report
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This framework presents principles and approaches to underpin WFD’s programming in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, offering a guidance for WFD’s staff and partners.
28 November 2022 | Other
To inform the work of the second phase of the Global Equality Project (GEP II), implemented in partnership with Kaleidoscope Trust, this study focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBT+ activists, as well as on the dynamics and spaces of their activism. By investigating the experiences of LGBT+ activists and organisations during the pandemic, it identifies specific recommendations for policymakers to ensure that mental health services are of good quality, and are available, accessible, and affordable to everyone without any discrimination. Moreover, this report calls on governments, international institutions and other stakeholders to ensure that the negative mental health outcomes of LGBT+ people and activists are adequately prioritised and addressed in the post-pandemic recovery.
25 November 2022 | Study
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To inform the work of the second phase of the Global Equality Project (GEP II), implemented in partnership with Kaleidoscope Trust, this report explores the impact of Covid-19 on LGBT+ activists in Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. As the most impactful global health disaster the world has faced since World War II, the research aimed to assess the extraordinary impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable LGBT+ individuals. The countries were selected to comparatively illustrate cases in Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia due to their distinct social, cultural, and legislative contexts.
25 November 2022 | Study
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This report from examines the extent to which legislatures protect the environment, by conducting a study of single-use plastic bans in 32 countries.
23 November 2022 | Study
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Women’s participation and representation in decision-making is increasing globally but those numbers are driven by mostly left-wing parties. Despite some improvements in the last years, the women’s underrepresentation in the right-wing parties in Albania remains a concern.
01 November 2022 | Report
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On 15 October 2022, WFD organised a discussion forum on the inclusion of women in electoral lists in the DRC, alongside key national CSO’s. The forum looked at the key barriers to women's political participation and leadership in the country. Recommendations on what should be done to promote more women political leadership were provided in the forum; below is the full report of the conference-debate in English.
25 October 2022 | Report
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Starting from 2019, WFD’s Western Balkans regional office has been working on developing a comprehensive index of transparency of political parties. Together with a group of regional experts, WFD has continued its work in the course of 2020 in order to develop the Political Party Transparency Index (PPTI). The index consists of 67 individual indicators which are placed in three connected pillars: Internal party democracy (IPD), financial transparency and public outreach. During 2021, the PPTI was applied for the first time in partnership with 23 political parties from the Western Balkan (WB) region.
24 October 2022 | Report
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Healthcare advocacy is important to ensure equal access to qualitative care for the vulnerable population, increase the use of the referral system, address health inequities, influence decision-makers, and create systematic change for a healthier population.
19 October 2022 | Report
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Green budgeting is a novel concept not only for Albania but also for other much developed countries. Green Budgeting consists of tools and instruments of budgetary policy-making to help achieve environmental and climate goals. Similar practices in Albania that have achieved some positive results include the Gender Budgeting.
27 September 2022 | Report
Following the previous reports on “Monitoring the Health State Budget in Albania” WFD office in Albania has supported Together for Life to continue the health budget monitoring for the period September 2021-April 2022.

As part of the initiative package “CSOs in Decision-Making”, WFD aims to strengthen the participation and advocacy efforts of civil society in decision-making through evidence-based approach, which is crucial to advance accountability and resilient institutions.
27 September 2022 | Report
This policy brief focuses on how an increased strategic foresight and stress-testing capacity of national parliaments and governments can improve policy resilience.
06 September 2022 | Briefing
Following the Conference on Environmental Democracy, WFD commissioned research from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, which explores how a greater focus on environmental democracy and governance may help address climate change and environmental degradation. The study with recommendations for policymakers is available here.
18 July 2022 | Study
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Albania is significantly vulnerable to climate change. The government has taken several initiatives to address climate change in the mid to long-term, such as the approval of the Action Plan of the National Strategy on Climate Change (NSCC) 2020-2030, the Climate Change Law (2020), the implementation of adaptation programs etc.

25 May 2022 | Report
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On 16 May 2022, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy presented the findings from its latest study on socio-political participation of young people in North Macedonia. The findings show that half of young people (51%) take initiative to solve certain social problems, but only one third manage to often solve the problems they engaged with. One third of the respondents (34%) believe the country is farther from the EU perspective compared to last year. Almost half of respondents (45%) believe the country will become an EU member state, which is a drop of 15% compared to 2019. Half of young people (57%) rarely or never follow political events and developments in the country. Young people with disabilities are facing greater challenges in increasing their participation compared to the general youth population.
18 May 2022 | Study
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