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.
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.
A Force For Good in the World: Placing Democratic Values at the Heart of the UK’s International Strategy
Britain has an opportunity for international leadership at this pivotal moment in its history: The UK’s interests, values, resources and influence call for a leadership role in supporting democratic governance and confronting authoritarianism.
29 July 2021 | Other
What does it cost to participate in politics? A new website by WFD and Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy
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
Making the right to vote accessible to all: PWDs observe the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia
The right to vote is unfortunately still not completely accessible to all citizens in North Macedonia. 76 percent of voting stations have stairs and on half of them (49% percent) there are no access ramps. One third of access ramps cannot be used, due to improper inclination and width. These are some of the findings of the monitoring of parliamentary elections 2020 in North Macedonia conducted by persons with disabilities, that was published this week.
13 July 2021 | Report
This manual provides a guide on how to incorporate an intersectional analysis in gender equality related issues, in order to work towards upholding human rights in the Maldives.
07 July 2021 | Guide
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), and Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) have developed this policy brief to guide on key issues that the 11th Parliament of Uganda needs to consider on COVID19 and women/girls, during the exercise of its four functions of representation, legislation, oversight over the executive and the judiciary.
07 July 2021 | Briefing
Post-Legislative Scrutiny: From a Model for Parliamentarians to a CSO Strategic and Operational Tool
This guide for civil society explains what PLS is, why it is important, and how to go about it. The report focuses on LGBTIQ+ organisations and their priorities and the tools it contains are adaptable for civil society organisations working in different contexts, on different issues, and with different capacities.
06 July 2021 | Guide
This gap analysis identifies the clear differences in how Sri Lankan laws are experienced by groups like LGBTIQ+ Sri Lankans who live mostly in the margins of Sri Lankan society. Examining a wide variety of laws and policies in Sri Lanka, it demonstrates how LGBTIQ+ Sri Lankans are vulnerable to discrimination across several critical areas, such as education, healthcare and housing.
29 June 2021 | Report
The most recent study of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy published on the International Youth Day 2021 shows the attitudes and perspectives of young people in North Macedonia. The study reveals that young people who are part of forms of youth organising are more content with their place in society, compared to their peers who are not (49,5% compared to 28,2%). One fifth of young people regularly take action to solve social problems (22,3%) and one third of them (29,2%) succeed in these efforts and solve the problems.
29 June 2021 | Study
This study analysed the results of the 2020 local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina from a gender equality angle and mapped the key trends in the representation of women in local governments.
27 June 2021 | Study
Connecting with constituents? Parliamentary aspirants’ use of WhatsApp in Uganda’s 2021 ‘scientific’ election
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
WFD researched the role of media on covering women candidates and issues related to them. The main purpose of this finalised monitoring report was to closely assess the media coverage of problems related to women and girls during the parliamentary elections of 25 April, 2021.
10 June 2021 | Report
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
In times of a global pandemic, it is important to try and improve newly adapted living and working conditions for all social and age groups. WFD in Bosnia and Herzegovina conducted a research on how the Covid-19 virus affected the youth in that country in terms of living conditions and employment opportunities.
02 June 2021 | Study
To better understand the challenges of political parties in Albania for ensuring equal gender participation and representation at all levels, WFD Albania partnered with the Albanian Women’s Empowerment Network (AWEN) to monitor the 2021 elections. Please note this resource is in Albanian.
21 May 2021 | Report
WFD’s Guide for Participation in Democratic Environmental Governance identifies challenges and entry-points to promote dialogue with everyone who has a stake in environmental governance, especially those who are most vulnerable.
19 May 2021 | Guide