Resources

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Resources
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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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.

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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.  
23 July 2021 | Study
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This research looks at how Ugandan parliamentary aspirants used WhatsApp during the 2021 election campaign and analyses how this tool can be leveraged in the future.
16 June 2021 | Study
Front cover image parliamentary aspirants use of WhatsApp in Ugandas 2021 elections
Democracy and anti-corruption are complementary, and that we can ‘do anti-corruption democratically’ in poor and rich countries in ways that are politically informed.
02 June 2021 | Briefing
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In 2020, the world came up against the COVID-19 pandemic which caused serious health and national crises. Managing the pandemic and its consequences became the priority issue for most governments across the globe. The majority of countries implemented temporary measures such as quarantine that limited certain civic rights. In particular, the freedom of movement and assembly were directly affected by governments’ responses to the pandemic.
27 April 2021 | Study
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The policy paper outlines several options, conditions, incentives and obstacles for future anti-corruption programming in the area of governance and parliamentary functioning.
20 April 2021 | Briefing
Rethinking strategies for an effective parliamentary role in combatting corruption front cover image
This guide for parliamentary practice outlines an approach to assessing the implementation and the impact of climate and environmental legislation at national level.

01 April 2021 | Guide
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This report focuses on women’s motivation to seek, and their preparation for, political leadership roles.
25 March 2021 | Report
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This report focuses on women’s motivation to seek, and their preparation for, political leadership roles.
25 March 2021 | Report
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When women take part in politics, the whole of society benefits. That is the main finding of this report, which is produced in partnership with the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London.
25 March 2021 | Report
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This paper examines the implementation of recommendations made by several leading international observers in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda. It reveals both similarities and differences in the factors that shape the implementation of recommendations between these countries.
15 March 2021 | Study
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This paper examines the implementation of recommendations made by several leading international observers in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda. It reveals both similarities and differences in the factors that shape the implementation of recommendations between these countries.
15 March 2021 | Study
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This paper examines the implementation of recommendations made by several leading international observers in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda. It reveals both similarities and differences in the factors that shape the implementation of recommendations between these countries.
15 March 2021 | Study
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This framework clarifys what electoral commission independence is and offers a framework for election observers, civil society groups, parties, journalists, and the public to use to assess the independence of a specific electoral commission.
09 March 2021 | Guide
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Parliamentary digital transformation is a relatively underfunded area of work, but a vitally important one in achieving the very common overarching goals of open, accountable, inclusive and participative government. Improvements in how parliamentary digital capacity building can be done better are possible with better strategy, funding and cooperation, and when parliaments are enthusiastic and willing to take the opportunities offered to them to improve themselves.
04 March 2021 | Report
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This guide is designed to provide democracy practitioners and other interested readers with an explanation of what civic space is, and what attempts to close civic space look like in practice; An overview of data sources that can be used to measure changes in civic space; An explanation of some of the underlying risks; Practical action points for incorporating the issue of civic space into projects; and more.
02 March 2021 | Guide
Addressing the global emergency of shrinking civic space and how to reclaim it: a programming guide front cover