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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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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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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This study identifies the opportunities for, progress made, obstacles to, and consensus on national policies and strategies for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Mozambique. It articulates ways forward for building an inclusive society and achieving social justice.
18 December 2019 | Report
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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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In order to get a better picture of the scale of the problem and to understand the dynamics behind it, WFD commissioned analysis that uses an innovative research methodology to extract valuable data on the cost of youth emigration in Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia.     
24 October 2019 | Study
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In order to get a better picture of the scale of the problem and to understand the dynamics behind it, WFD commissioned analysis that uses an innovative research methodology to extract valuable data on the cost of youth emigration in Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia.     
24 October 2019 | Study
young people protesting
In order to get a better picture of the scale of the problem and to understand the dynamics behind it, WFD commissioned analysis that uses an innovative research methodology to extract valuable data on the cost of youth emigration in Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia.     
24 October 2019 | Study
young people protesting
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 September 2019, WFD and the Albanian Enterprise Institute published a study which outlined and analysed the costs that at present are incurred by party candidates. The study reveals how much the political landscape in Albania is open to citizens' engagement with politics.  
26 September 2019 | Study
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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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Boycotting parliament has become an increasingly common occurrence in parliamentary life in the Western Balkans. To better understand the phenomenon and its potential implications for parliamentary support projects in the Western Balkans, WFD through the Western Balkans Democracy Initiative commissioned a research study on the causes and effects of boycotting parliament.
24 June 2019 | Study
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This study is only available in Spanish
19 June 2019 | Study
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This policy 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.
01 June 2019 | Study
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Youth emigration could cost Serbia up to €1.2 billion per year and 4 out of 5 young Serbs think about emigrating. That’s according to new research which WFD and think tank the Institute for Development and Innovation have published.
24 May 2019 | Study
Young Serbians learn about their political rights through WBDI