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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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. 


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Higher levels of political participation have been linked to lower levels of corruption across the
world. This policy brief will explore this relationship in more detail.
07 January 2022 | Report
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To support Jordan’s political reform process and help the country’s political decision-making be more open and inclusive, Westminster Foundation for Democracy has been working as part of a consortium of organisations to implement the ‘EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development’ (EU-JDID) programme since 2017.
05 January 2022 | Guide
This policy paper examines how political party strengthening contributes to democracy promotion and identifies where these approaches work best. The evidence suggests that the sister-party model – a model centred on relationships between parties with similar ideological positions – has value, but that it would be more effective if it were deployed more strategically.
23 December 2021 | Briefing
We set out to find out what causes women to choose a career in the civil society sector rather than in politics. Is politics preventing women from finding the right balance between public and private life? Does the violence against women in politics drive women away from the political sphere?
15 December 2021 | Study
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Preliminary Statement of the WFD Thematic Election Expert Observation Mission The Gambia Presidential Election 2021
07 December 2021 | Other
A new report by Dr Tom Caygill analyses the frequency and the outcomes of PLS that has taken place in the UK Parliament in order to provide an insight into how this form of scrutiny is being undertaken.
02 December 2021 | Report
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Young people in Montenegro are disappointed and have lost trust in political parties, a new study commissioned by WFD shows. What is more, young people still show very little interest in the political scene in Montenegro.
24 November 2021 | Report
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Environmental democracy has three pillars: transparency, participation and justice. This document explains how WFD supports a democratic response to global environmental crises by working with parliaments, political parties and civil society.
23 November 2021 | Briefing
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In recent years, the development of coastal regions in the Republic of Albania has taken a priority for the government and the private sector. Often, such developmental plans do not consider the environmental impact they might have for the specific area and beyond. The affected communities and other stakeholders are not included in the consultation processes and their concerns are not heard.
16 November 2021 | Study
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Since the establishment of the Human Rights and Gender Equality Network of Committees (HUGEN) in the Western Balkans in 2019, more than 200 members of parliaments and 40 parliamentary staff members, from 8 participating parliaments, have been cooperating on improving human rights and gender laws and policies.
05 November 2021 | Other
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Open societies around the world and the international system that supports them are under growing threat. This Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) publication provides detailed analysis and practical ideas for how the UK can meet this challenge with a ‘renewed commitment to (being) a force for good in the world-defending openness, democracy and human rights’ necessary for ‘shaping the open international order of the future’.
25 October 2021 | Report
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Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Serbia and the Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) conducted a research analysis on budgetary allocations for youth and youth organisations at the local level in Serbia. The findings from this research also include specific data on how youth organisations function and what their cooperation with local level institutions looks like.
30 September 2021 | Study
This guide from Wesminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the newDemocracy Foundation is designed to support the needs of elected representatives and their advisors—those who would like to strengthen how elected politicians engage with their voters. It is meant for those decision-makers who want to be inspired by new and innovative ways to bring citizens to the heart of the decision.
28 September 2021 | Guide
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What skills and qualities do parliamentarians need to be able to promote inclusive change? WFD’s new research by Dr Victoria Hasson and Dr Rebecca Gordon identified five key skills and three qualities which are utilised by parliamentarians to achieve it.
23 September 2021 | Study
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This briefing paper makes recommendations, that when followed ensure risks can be addressed more effectively before and during future crises. First the paper provides guidance as to how best to prepare for a future crisis, from this the report suggests actions that should be taken once the crisis has begun. These recommendations specifically focus on reducing the impact crises have on elections.
09 September 2021 | Briefing
Election monitors inspect a ballot box in the USA in November 2020