Parliamentary committees are the engines of legislatures, where the most serious scrutiny takes place and the logical entry point for citizens looking to engage in policy making.
Parliamentary committees are an important place for legislators to manage the business of parliament, consider policy issues, examine the work of government and draft and amend legislation, amongst other duties.
Chairs and deputy chairs of parliamentary committees and their senior clerks play a critical role in shaping the work of committees. WFD supports committee leaders in developing annual strategies and work plans, test out new approaches, and determine how best to engage key stakeholders such as government, civil society, citizens, media, and the private sector.
Conducting effective scrutiny often requires committees to undertake some form of public hearing. The UK’s approach to select committee hearings is widely respected as impactful, transparent, and inclusive, and the Foundation actively shares this experience around the world.
WFD is also encouraging committees to undertake more innovative approaches to conducting hearings and collecting citizen input, whether through mobile committee hearings or experimenting with citizen assemblies and juries.
WFD supports committees working on a wide range of issues, including the extractive industry, human rights, the environment, gender equality
This work often overlaps with the support we provided to civil society organisations, where we connect them with relevant committees.