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Two recent developments in the Lebanese Parliament show the progress being made in the country to achieve the sustainable development goals and uphold human rights.
WFD supports UK political parties to undertake direct programming.
A strong, healthy democracy needs constant care and attention, even in good times. During a crisis we need to be even more vigilant. The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt democracy, amid a long-term trend of democratic decline.
Speaker of the UK House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, explains how the virtual parliament got up and running during the pandemic.
To mark the launch of WFD's new Environmental Democracy Initiative, a virtual parliamentary roundtable featuring legislators from the United Kingdom, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone was hosted in July 2020.
Analysing and improving the available relevant bills in Kenya could be a step forward towards promoting persons with disabilities inclusion in politics (PWDs). In March 2021, WFD held a two-day workshop where participants gained in-depth knowledge of the current legal reforms relevant to the inclusion of PWDs in politics; identified the existing gaps within laws; and they were also enabled to undertake advanced public participation initiatives.
In October 2019, the Forum of Organisations of People with Disabilities (FAMOD) and Mozambican Association of Disable People (ADEMO), in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), organised a dialogue between His Excellency Felipe Jacinto Nyusi and persons with disabilities in Mozambique.
In September 2018, WFD launched a new initiative under the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), to improve the social, political and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities in Mozambique.
A perennial focus on election day distracts from the real value of election observation, which comes after the vote
Election days matter in democracy – but they are not the only thing that matters. The best time to defend electoral integrity, and therefore democracy, is after an election. To be able to make improvements, we need politically smart approaches to electoral reform.
In June 2021, WFD hosted a meeting with political parties, disabled persons organizations (DPOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), Parliamentary and County Assembly Caucuses to evaluate commitments and progress of persons with disabilities inclusion by political parties in Kenya.
In the run up to the 2019 election in Nigeria, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, in partnership with the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) and funded by the EU, informed underrepresented groups like women, young people and persons with disabilities about their rights before and on polling day.
Ending all forms of gender inequality in Uganda is not easy. By helping local leaders and civil society organisations bring women together through the country’s first ever Women’s Parliament, Westminster Foundation for Democracy is helping gather momentum behind the campaign for real change.
In partnership with the Centre for Democratic Development (Ghana), Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s new research report explores the impact the 59% increase in average spend by candidates from 2012 to 2016 to secure their political parties’ nomination at the primaries stage and contest the parliamentary election has on women and young people.
The development of inclusive democracy worldwide is a monumental task.
To break the current trends of shrinking democratic space and increased inequality, it is important to ensure that the emergency powers – although vital in protecting health – are not used to shrink the democratic space.