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.
See how deliberative processes could save democracy with our guide
This guide is for decision-makers who want to be inspired by new and innovative ways to bring citizens to the heart of the decision-making process.
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
Modern parliaments are increasingly questioning not only whether they should perform oversight over the executive, but how they should do so. As parliaments continue to be responsible for monitoring whether the laws they have passed are implemented as intended and lead to the desired impact, Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS) is increasingly recognized as an important dimension within the oversight role and the legislative role of parliaments and as an integral part of entire legislative cycle. Therefore, PLS could be considered as a new practice of monitoring the implementation and evaluating the impact of laws. PLS also ensures that laws benefit citizens in the way originally intended by lawmakers.
16 May 2022 | Briefing
Localising Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Parliamentary Constituencies: Toolkit and 2021 Case Studies
This inaugural initiative served to build capacity in Malaysian legislators to develop a deeper understanding of gender mainstreaming and gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) through its application in a bottom-up approach within their constituency projects and programmes.
04 May 2022 | Report
These policy briefs on the role of parliaments in debt transparency and debt sustainability explain parliamentary roles and good practices related to public debt.
21 April 2022 | Briefing
Evidence-based advocacy is one of the most useful tools to ensure the participation of civil society in decision-making processes that directly affect the citizens. This is a lesson learnt from the implementation of the initiative package “CSOs Participation in Decision Making” that is increasingly important during health crisis situations.
08 April 2022 | Report
Addressing the climate and environmental crises through better governance: The Environmental Democracy approach in development cooperation
This study explores the potential for development cooperation to help address climate change and environmental degradation through greater focus on environmental governance.
29 March 2022 | Briefing
Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions survey report
11 March 2022 | Report
Document for piloting
22 February 2022 | Other
The project aims to support the reform processes in the Macedonian Assembly though assessment of human resources, assistance in strategic planning processes and assessing and developing recommendation for improvement of financial oversight mechanisms and instruments for greater transparency and accountability.
22 February 2022 | Study
In this unique online learning programme, WFD supports parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and those engaged in public financial management in exploring the key concepts, mechanisms and risks which impact public debt management.
15 February 2022 | Course
The average age of candidates for MPs on the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia held in 2020 was 42,5 years. Even though young people have a relatively high number of candidates (19,17% under 29 years), they were more often on positions with lower chances to win an MP seat. These are some of the findings of the analysis “Youth Political Absence: Analysis of the Position of Youth on the Parliamentary Elections 2020” published by the WFD office in North Macedonia.
15 February 2022 | Study
In North Macedonia, 80% of young people think that the authorities do not care about them at all or only partially care about them and their needs and problems. This finding is a part of a recent study on the “social-political participation of youth” that Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) conducted in the country. The study is a result of WFD’s efforts to investigate the current perceptions and positions of youth in the country.
15 February 2022 | Study
Parliaments and the Paris Agreement, a new report sponsored by WFD, involving three leading parliamentary organisations, ParlAmericas, INTER PARES, and GLOBE International, explores how parliaments from across the world have responded to the Paris Agreement, five years after these climate pledges were first made.
11 February 2022 | Report
More women in parliament in North Macedonia, but more needs to be done to bolster political participation
To gain a better understanding on different factors affecting women’s political participation, WFD supported a study and research papers on this issue in North Macedonia. The research papers cover a wide spectrum of issues on women’s political participation and contributing factors, as well as five specific issues: representation of women in company management boards, women in the academic community, the role of the Parliamentary Club of women MPs, gender perceptions for managing positions and the role of various socio-economic factors on women’s participation.
11 February 2022 | Study
Overcoming the Challenges to the Effective Implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in Nigerian States
These policy briefs give an update to the status of the uptake of the VAPPA by the 36 states and provides information on the current status of the Law in each state specifically. They are aimed at guiding decision makers and relevant stakeholders in facilitating effective engagement towards successful implementation of the law in the state.
08 February 2022 | Briefing