Following the “Velvet Revolution” and elections of 2018, WFD worked in partnership with local and international implementers to increase its support to the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. WFD led on assessing the needs of parliament and designing a substantial new package of support to increase the effectiveness of the National Assembly. Through the UNDP-led “Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia” programme, WFD supported the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia from June 2020 to 2021. In June 2021, Westminster Foundation for Democracy marked the conclusion of its most recent programme in Armenia.
Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia
WFD worked to enhance the National Assembly’s overall effectiveness through increasing parliamentary oversight capacity, transparency, and accountability as well as increasing participation and engagement between the National Assembly and civil society. WFD analysed the secretariat of the National Assembly, gave recommendations to the management and produced two e-learning modules on post-legislative scrutiny and gender-responsive budgeting. WFD worked closely with civil society representatives to enhance gender-responsive budgeting tools and introduce them.
Strengthening Armenia's energy security project
WFD's Strengthening Armenia's energy security project is funded by the UK Government’s conflict, stability and security fund. This initiative aims to improve the engagement and ownership of Armenian democratic actors in energy policy, with a particular focus on enhancing energy security through investment in renewable energy. The project specifically aims to increase the engagement of the Armenian National Assembly and political parties in climate change and energy policy. More engagement by parliament and political parties would increase accountability, enable voters to exercise influence, ensure that the needs and interests of women and other underrepresented groups are considered, and bring about more widely shared political ownership.