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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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Bosnia and Herzegovina is losing up to €21,000 per person that leaves the country, according to the new WFD research. Figures from 2018 show that 44,700 people left the country and according to OECD data, the favourite destinations for people from Bosnia and Herzegovina are Germany (54%), Slovenia (26%), and Austria  (9%).
12 June 2020 | Study
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This paper reviews existing research on political trust, explaining why it is important, what we know about it, and – perhaps most importantly – what we don’t. It argues that if practitioners are to foster greater levels of political trust, research into that phenomenon needs to become more innovative.
27 May 2020 | Report
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This induction handbook for Senators was produced by the WFD Uzbekistan programme
18 March 2020 | Guide
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Aan introduction to independent oversight institutions and their relationship with parliament.

02 March 2020 | Guide
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The usage of information and communication technology by parliaments can enhance the transparency and accountability of institutions and legislative processes as well as provide anopportunity to engage citizens.
01 March 2020 | Report
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A global and country-specific analysis of parliaments’ relationships with Supreme Audit, Anti-Corruption, and Human Rights institutions
27 February 2020 | Study
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This handbook for deputies was produced by the WFD Uzbekistan programme
03 February 2020 | Guide
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This guide to parliamentary enquiries was produced by the WFD Uzbekistan programme
03 February 2020 | Guide
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Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has partnered with the University of Birmingham on a new project that tracks the implementation of observers’ recommendations across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Preliminary analysis reveals significant variation in terms of which recommendations are implemented, as well as some surprising successes.
06 January 2020 | Study
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Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has partnered with the University of Birmingham on a new project that tracks the implementation of observers’ recommendations across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Preliminary analysis reveals significant variation in terms of which recommendations are implemented, as well as some surprising successes.
06 January 2020 | Study
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Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has partnered with the University of Birmingham on a new project that tracks the implementation of observers’ recommendations across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Preliminary analysis reveals significant variation in terms of which recommendations are implemented, as well as some surprising successes.
06 January 2020 | Study
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A recent survey by WFD, Michigan State University (United States), Aarhus University (Denmark) and the Institute for Policy Interaction (Malawi) studied the costs of seeking and holding parliamentary office in Malawi. High costs of politics limits political representation, curtails competition, and spurs corruption. Although the importance of money in politics is well known among Malawian politicians, stakeholders, and political analysts the MCS is the first attempt to quantify and specify the costs of politics in Malawi.
26 November 2019 | Study
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The usage of information and communication technology by parliaments can enhance the transparency and accountability of institutions and legislative processes as well as provide anopportunity to engage citizens.
04 October 2019 | Report
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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, private sector employees are usually underpaid and their employment status is often not regulated enough. Also, their salaries paid in illegal ways meaning they get fewer pension benefits. What is more, employers often violate or deny employees’ labour rights.
16 September 2019 | Study
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This paper examines the extent to which parliamentary committees provide women in African parliaments with an avenue for influencing laws and policies in the health sector. It maps the inclusion of women in parliamentary committees across sub-Saharan Africa and presents a case study of Malawi, where in 2017 female legislators made use of parliamentary committees to influence a new law on HIV and AIDS – an issue of vital importance to women.
27 June 2019 | Report
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