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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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.
12 February 2021 | Report
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Corruption has a negative effect on development, economic growth, and democracy. Independent Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) are often recommended as the tool to curb corruption. However, the creation of such agencies is not a panacea to the scourge of corruption. In some instances, ACAs have been a disappointment and their effectiveness has been questioned. Their efficiency depends on political will to allocate authority, powers, and resources.
28 January 2021 | Report
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Since the start of the democratic transition in Albania in 1990, the country has gone through many reform processes. However, there has not yet been a significant growth in the number and social power of civic movements.  Nevertheless, in recent years social movements arising around new causes are propelling progressive ideas into the public domain.   
20 January 2021 | Study
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In Albania, as in most other countries in the world, the Covid-19 pandemic posed an unusual health emergency that directly or indirectly affected the wellbeing of the citizens, economy, and other social processes.
13 January 2021 | Report
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This study concludes that parliaments are integral for post-war governance and instrumental in securing successful implementation of peace agreements and long-term quality of peace.
26 November 2020 | Study
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This resource highlights the constructive role of parliaments in overcoming the challenges anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) often face. It provides an insight into parliaments’ role in contributing to combatting corruption by exercising their legislative and oversight role in support of the effectiveness of ACAs.
09 November 2020 | Report
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This research aims to understand the political economy of party financing in The Gambia with a specific focus on the cost of running for the National Assembly.
28 October 2020 | Study
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Human rights violators should be scared. More and more democratic countries are holding them individually accountable for their crimes and are issuing individual so-called ‘Magnitsky Sanctions’ to target them where it hurts most: their pockets and their freedom to travel.
17 September 2020 | Briefing
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Mauritius is regarded as one of Africa’s leading democracies. However, money politics has increasingly become ‘a dominant feature of elections' in the country. This study looks at the cost of parliamentary politics in Mauritius.
05 September 2020 | Study
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This brief examines the role of the parliamentary budget office (PBO), how PBOs add value to the work of parliament’s oversight of the budget and standards for collaboration between the PBO and parliament.
01 September 2020 | Briefing
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As part of Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s (WFD) briefs on financial accountability, this brief examines the typical operating process of PACs in the Westminster tradition and four key challenges faced by PACs in effectively discharging their oversight role.
01 September 2020 | Briefing
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This brief focuses on the role of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and whether they are fit for purpose in the age of COVID-19 and beyond.
01 September 2020 | Briefing
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The policy paper titled ‘Gender-sensitive post-legislative scrutiny’ examines the meeting point between post-legislative scrutiny and gender analysis.
16 July 2020 | Briefing
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It is clear is that there are significant risks associated with leaving governments to effectively manage public debt without proper oversight. Parliament needs to, among other things, set and modernize legal frameworks for debt management, properly examine and ratify loan agreements and oversee the riskiest generators of public debt—SOEs.
01 July 2020 | Briefing
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Members of Parliament (MPs) in Kenya are amongst the highest paid in the world relative to the size of the economy. This study looks at the cost of parliamentary politics in Kenya.
01 July 2020 | Study
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