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    Descriptive info: / Kenya Baseline Report.. Sudan Mirror Sheds Light.. Framework Agreement 2013.. Publication Scheme.. Freedom of Information.. Transparency and Data.. Management Statement 2004.. Annual Report and Accounts.. Annual Reviews.. Corporate and Business Plans.. Programme Evaluations.. WFD@Work Newsletters.. Prospectuses of Courses.. Human Rights Handbook.. Handbook on Ethics and Conduct.. Building Better Democracies.. FCO Review of WFD 2009/10.. Ministerial Statement.. Kenya Baseline Report.. Please find below a link to WFD's Kenya Baseline Report, August 2006.. Related links.. Kenya Press Release..

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  • Title: Women
    Descriptive info: / Women.. Women.. In many countries certain groups in society are denied the opportunity to have their voice heard or to fulfil their potential; worldwide this is particularly true of women.. WFD s strategy promotes participation in the political process.. Encouraging women to take part in decision-making, together with supporting an environment to ensure their inclusion, has  ...   projects to increase the professionalism of women participating in politics and which contribute to their equal representation in political parties and other democratic institutions.. Case Studies.. Women in Local Government in Sierra Leone.. Citizens' Empowerment in Kenya.. Developing the Skills of Young Iraqi Trade Unionists.. Promoting Information Sharing.. UK MPs share experience with women counterparts in Kurdistan Parliament..

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    Descriptive info: / Elections.. Elections.. Free and fair elections are a prerequisite for a flourishing democracy.. Elections must reflect the will of the people and can also act as a litmus test of public support for current government policy.. Elections provide citizens with an opportunity to choose who governs them and how they are governed.. Although WFD recognises that democratic assistance, particularly party assistance, should not be confined to the special circumstances  ...   from.. political party election support.. , WFD has also funded activities that seek to educate citizens about voting and electoral systems in order that they may make informed choices about their local and national leadership.. It has been particularly important to the Foundation to ensure that women, youth and rural communities, are aware of election issues, what candidates and political parties stand for and how they would represent their interests..

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    Descriptive info: / Media.. Media.. The media is one of the most effective tools that parties in power, be they democratic or authoritarian, use for the preservation of values and the system they represent.. In this context the media has often become a pawn in the hands of authoritarian rulers or a casualty in the fight against repressive regimes.. Many regimes’ disregard for the right to freedom of expression and access to information has hindered progress in the development of pluralist societies.. The  ...   official censorship.. Sometimes print and broadcast editors censor their own output because it is too dangerous for them to expose corruption or criticise the authorities.. As a result, coverage of the political process in many fledgling democracies is often unbalanced and partisan.. The problem is further exacerbated when journalists lack reporting skills or have little understanding of their role as watchdogs of the political process.. Supporting independent media and strengthening freedom of access to information have therefore become components of WFD’s mission..

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  • Title: Sierra Leone
    Descriptive info: Africa.. / Sierra Leone.. Paralegal Training in Uganda.. Europe.. Asia.. Middle East North Africa.. The Westminster Consortium.. Sierra Leone.. WFD s programme in Sierra Leone aims to support civic participation in a multiparty democracy.. WFD's programmes in Sierra Leone support a range of civil society organisations as well as the Parliament of Sierra Leone.. Our work focuses on strengthening civic participation and gender relations, and widening access to information.. WFD consults with a wide range of stakeholders in Sierra Leone to ensure that its programmes reflect national priorities as identified by local partners.. The UK political parties also work with Sierra Leone s political parties on a cross-party basis.. Sierra Leone has made significant strides in its efforts  ...   international troops.. Bilateral and multilateral support for peace-building and reconstruction programmes have consolidated the peace and are addressing all aspects of the post-conflict environment.. Prior to the 2007 general elections, the UK parties implemented a comprehensive political party training programme.. The election delivered the first peaceful change of government since the end of the civil war.. These achievements mark the beginning of a long road to embedding multiparty democracy in Sierra Leone.. The main political parties espouse policies that encourage post-conflict development and democracy, and civil society has a critical role to play in establishing itself as a force that can effectively hold elected officials to account.. Sierra Leone Programme Evaluation Summary Sheet.. Engaging Sierra Leonean Youth in Politics..

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  • Title: Local governance
    Descriptive info: / Local governance.. Local governance.. Local government is most people s first point of contact with the authorities.. When it works well, local government recognises and represents citizens interests and enables them to understand and participate in local decision-making, leading to a greater sense of civic responsibility.. But local government is often seen as inefficient and self-serving even corrupt.. Local politicians can seem remote, and  ...   is because local government is deprived of real authority and resources and the ability to make a difference.. Local government can suffer from poor organisation, a lack of skilled and professional staff and abuses of power.. WFD recognises how important local government is in bringing politics closer to people, increasing confidence in democratic processes and encouraging citizens to participate in decision-making.. The Serbian Code of Conduct..

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  • Title: Youth
    Descriptive info: / Youth.. Youth.. ,.. Young people are often marginalised from policy-formation and political decision-making.. This frequently leads to disillusionment and disengagement.. Youth represents the future and yet, if young people do not feel part of the running of their country.. they may move abroad and realise their potential elsewhere.. In many countries in which WFD is supporting democratic change, the key to progress is the talent and energy of the younger generation.. However, young people  ...   a limited space, often dominated by self-serving political interests and old-style bureaucrats.. In many countries the political scene is in need of fresh faces and ideas, new energy and a vision for the future to encourage democratic reform and development.. WFD has supported projects with young people such as leadership training for young activists and projects encouraging youth to be engaged in political life and the development of their communities.. Training Young Political Leaders in Moldova..

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  • Title: Parliamentary Strengthening
    Descriptive info: / Parliamentary strengthening.. Parliamentary strengthening.. WFD was established to support the emergence and strengthening of pluralist democratic institutions in countries in transition.. Foremost among these is an effective, elected, multiparty legislature or parliament.. The Foundation s direct access to Westminster and other UK political experience gives it the opportunity to mobilise support for the development, on a cross-party basis, of parliamentary institutions and  ...   work is supported by political parties and by WFD central.. WFD does not advocate or promote the Westminster model or any other specific legislative system, but supporting the development of representative institutions is an important priority in WFD s work.. Prospectuses of courses.. Parliamentary Committees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Strengthening Financial Scrutiny in Macedonia.. Strengthening the Capacity of the Macedonia Parliamentary Human Rights Committee..

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    Descriptive info: / Rule of law.. Rule of law.. WFD believes that a strong constitution and respect for the rule of law are essential ingredients of a flourishing democracy.. The Foundation has therefore sought to fund projects that assist in consolidating the establishment of a strong and effective independent judiciary.. We have funded activities supporting legal reforms  ...   international human rights standards.. We have also funded organisations involved in promoting respect for the rule of law and those enabling citizens to address abuses of their human rights.. We believe that such work can improve citizens’ perceptions of democracy and the rule of law and, ultimately, increase citizens’ confidence in political processes and institutions..

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    Descriptive info: / Trade unions.. Trade unions.. Trades union representation is crucial for protecting the rights of workers in both developed and developing democracies.. In many countries, they are among the largest voluntary organisations, and their work often benefits not just their members, but whole societies.. The pivotal role of effective trade unions has been illustrated in both the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the developing countries of Africa.. WFD therefore supports the promotion and improvement of trades unions through capacity-building, awareness-raising and the development of membership and structures..

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    Descriptive info: Case studies.. / Strengthening Financial Scrutiny in Macedonia.. Case Study Search.. Previous page.. The Macedonian Assembly is working on strengthening the capacity of its professional staff in financial scrutiny.. In order for budget support to be successful, it is necessary for the legislature to scrutinize the financial workings of the Executive to ensure proper usage of resources, as well as minimise financial risks.. In order to support this process, a Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) programme to strengthen parliamentary capacity in this area delivered a series of trainings, the first of their kind, in financial oversight, as well as a practicum and evaluation week for parliamentary staff.. For the first time in Macedonia, with WFD support, a training manual was also developed covering topics including budgeting, budgetary processed, external / internal financial controls, cost-benefit analysis, and writing audit reports.. The manual was prepared by the Macedonian think tank, the Centre for Economic Analyses (CEA) in cooperation with the UK National Audit Office (NAO).. During the implementation of the five days training, the Macedonian parliamentary staff actively used the manual to familiarize themselves with it and to test its usefulness.. During the training, trainers from the State Audit Office of Macedonia were called in to work with the parliamentary staff in order to strengthen the link between the two institutions.. A practicum week also helped staff to monitor the implementation of Action Plans,  ...   Parliament and annual business plan for 2010.. Dzhemaljedin Nedzipi, Head of the Department for Internal Audit Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, said of the WFD programme:.. “From the aspect of expertise I want to stress that we acquired new knowledge about our legislation and experience and also from the experience of United Kingdom presented by the National Audit Office of UK.. ” These were “so-needed to improve the performance of our work in Parliament.. ”.. The NAO’s Andrew Denney added.. “I have been impressed by the dedication of the Macedonian parliamentary staff, and their willingness to exchange ideas on the respective workings of the Macedonian and UK systems.. It is important that the training concentrates on developing technical skills for use in the Macedonian systems first, but sharing a UK perspective allows delegates to consider the effectiveness of these systems in a wider context, and challenge current ways of working.. ”.. CEA’s experience in developing the manual on financial oversight procedures and internal audit has paved to further cooperation with the Macedonian parliament.. Since then, the General Secretariat of the Parliament has engaged the CEA through WFD’s ongoing programme to work with parliamentary staff and MPs in assisting them to improve their budgetary planning and expenditure monitoring processes which are key to the proper financial functioning and management of Parliament’s activities.. For more information about this programme, please contact.. Alex.. Romaniuc@wfd.. org..

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