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    Descriptive info: Case studies.. / The Serbian Code of Conduct.. Engaging Sierra Leonean Youth in Politics.. Case Study Search.. Previous page.. The Serbian Code of Conduct.. The Serbian Code of Conduct for councillors and officials was launched in December 2004 to address the issue of transparency and public accountability.. The code has been adopted in more than 90 per cent of Serbian municipalities.. WFD has supported a monitoring project which builds on the momentum created by the adoption of the code.. Serbia does not have such a body regulating the implementation of the code and municipalities will have to self-regulate, drawing on existing mechanisms and the involvement of NGOs and  ...   addition, a system was established to collect and investigate public complaints.. Municipalities were trained and provided with supporting materials to help them implement the code and monitor it effectively.. Public awareness-raising will also feature in the project to ensure that citizens understand the purpose of the code and what their expectations of local authorities can be.. The key challenge now is implementation and sustainability: to complete and maintain adoption and implementation and to ensure that the code leads to real improvement as perceived and experienced by citizens and stakeholders.. For more information on our work in Serbia, please contact.. Alex.. Romaniuc@wfd.. org.. Case Studies.. Local governance.. Civic participation.. Europe..

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    Descriptive info: / Parliamentary Committees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Developing the Skills of Young Iraqi Trade Unionists.. Parliamentary Committees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Domestic ownership and responsibility for the political process in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) remains an essential condition for successful democratisation.. There are many barriers to public involvement in the political and legislative process and a strategy has been developed by NGOs in BiH to increase citizen participation in political decision-making.. In the case of human rights this is of particular importance, given the extent of human rights abuses and the public’s frustration with the inability of political and state institutions to deal with the problem.. To address these issues, WFD has supported a series  ...   process of law-making to public scrutiny, and to promote citizen participation in the democratic process.. In the course of the project, activities were conducted that focused particularly on promoting legislative transparency and accountability.. Three model public hearings were carried out with the participation of relevant NGO coalitions and parliamentary committees.. The project culminated in the distribution of a.. Legislative Advocacy Resource Guide.. Furthermore, the existing Rules of Procedure of the BiH Parliament were amended to include a provision requiring parliamentary committees to hold public hearings on draft laws and other issues of concern when deemed necessary by civil society.. For more information on our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, please contact.. Parliamentary strengthening.. Rule of law..

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    Descriptive info: / Developing the Skills of Young Iraqi Trade Unionists.. Sudan Mirror Sheds Light.. During the transition phase that Iraq is witnessing today, it is of upmost importance to support and strengthen civil society organisations in the country in order to enhance their capacity to play a more effective role in the democratisation and reconstruction process underway.. In 2004, WFD funded UNISON, the British public service union, to conduct a pilot project which brought six young Iraqi trade union activists to Britain to learn about British trade unionism and develop their own capacities.. Participants were selected according to criteria set out by UNISON in co-operation with the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions.. They included two female unionists and all were elected members of the national executives of their respective unions.. The Agricultural Workers’ Union, the Service Workers’ Union, the Transport  ...   democratic structures, from the national to the regional level, and on how these structures are used to promote women, members of ethnic minorities and other minority groups.. The participants received negotiation skills training within the context of representing members’ interests at the local union representative level.. Further training on organising membership recruitment and information dissemination was accompanied by a visit to regional offices and, for the female participants, the Scottish TUC Women’s Conference.. The pilot project helped to strengthen the current and future generation of young Iraqi trade unionists.. Most noticeably, a sense of solidarity was established between UK and Iraqi representatives, particularly when common issues were identified.. Both parties recognised the value of the initiative as a precursor for a wider programme of engagement.. For more information on our work in Iraq, please contact.. Dina.. Melhem@wfd.. Women.. Trade unions..

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    Descriptive info: / Sudan Mirror Sheds Light.. Entrenching a North-South divide, the civil war in Sudan has cost over two million lives and left more than four million people homeless in the last ten years alone.. However, the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the National Islamic Front (NIF) in Khartoum on 9 January 2005 ushered in a period of hope as Sudanese people begin the long and difficult transition from war to peace after nearly four decades of civil war.. The media often plays a key role, not only in reporting peace negotiations and peace agreements to the wider public, but also as a source of wider civic education.. The Sudan Mirror is a monthly newspaper developed by the Sudan Development Trust (SDT) to offer objective, factual, independent and professional coverage of Sudan’s affairs.. Through  ...   international and local NGOs, even in formerly government-held towns in the south.. WFD has supported the.. Sudan Mirror.. to strengthen its capacity and outreach, by printing a 12-page Arabic supplement to be circulated with the main paper, and providing similar translations for the newspaper’s website.. The SDT’s success in training journalists for the.. has led to offers of support and requests for assistance from other organisations including the UN.. With a readership of over 250,000 and an online version with unlimited circulation, the paper has the potential to inform people not only within Sudan, but in all its neighbouring countries and throughout the Sudanese Diaspora as well as providing up-to-date information for the many local and international NGOs, INGOs and governments that are interested in Sudan.. For more information on our work in Sudan, please contact.. Marina.. Narnor@wfd.. Media.. Kenya Baseline Report..

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    Descriptive info: / Engaging Sierra Leonean Youth in Politics.. Strengthening Financial Scrutiny in Macedonia.. The involvement of youth in the reconstruction of a country, particularly in the process of democratisation, is vital for its long-term sustainability.. In Sierra Leone, nearly 50 per cent of the population are between 15 and 35 years old.. Many are unemployed or underemployed, in a country with no social security infrastructure.. A combination of disillusionment and marginalisation has left many of these young people, both female and male, disengaged from national and local political processes.. This is evidenced by the low voter registration and turnout among young people.. With the support of WFD, the Commonwealth Youth Caucus in partnership  ...   the initiative has engaged young people in all its stages, including the initial planning meeting where they came together from all 14 districts of the country to draw up a nationwide action plan and implementation strategy.. This has resulted in a series of radio discussions in Kono, Makeni and Kabala to stimulate debate prior to the holding of district meetings.. At the district meetings, local political leaders and young people, both male and female, from a wider range of backgrounds, came together to advocate for adequate space for youth participation in politics, good governance, democracy and community development.. For more information on our work in Sierra Leone, please contact.. Sierra Leone.. Youth..

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    Descriptive info: / Paralegal Training in Uganda.. Paralegal Training in Uganda.. WFD supports the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) in Uganda to improve people’s awareness of their fundamental rights and duties, and to address the factors that have hindered them from fully enjoying their rights and liberties.. Over a decade, FHRI has carried out various paralegal trainings to empower grassroots groups to self advocate; demand their rights and participate in local governance issues within their communities.. Through the project, FHRI has enhanced the organisational capacity of local communities to boldly engage public officials on pertinent issues that affect them and demand accountability especially from their local council representatives and other decision makers within their communities.. It has also led to the formation of community based human rights organisations and associations by  ...   etc.. in an effort to enhance awareness of people's constitutional and legal rights.. These trainings have also empowered citizens to effectively lobby, advocate and engage their local leaders on intrinsic human rights issues.. Commenting on the impact of the training on his work, Bikanga, a student of Makarere University said:.. “I was among those who had been invited to attend the five days paralegal training organised by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Masindi District.. I was totally inspired by the people who came to train us.. There is no way I could have known the legal knowledge, sit for exams and pass them if it were not for the paralegal training received.. Indeed the training gave me focus.. ”.. For more information on our work in Uganda, please contact..

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  • Title: Africa
    Descriptive info: / Africa.. Promoting Information Sharing.. Africa.. Asia.. Middle East North Africa.. The Westminster Consortium.. From 2012-15 WFD s work in Africa is focused on assisting democratic consolidation in:.. Democratic Republic of Congo.. Kenya.. Nigeria.. East Africa Legislative Assembly.. You can click on the links above to read more information about these programmes.. Caption:.. Participants at a WFD workshop for women in January 2013, held in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo..

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  • Title: Europe
    Descriptive info: / Europe.. WFD has been working in Central and Eastern Europe since the establishment of the Foundation in 1992.. From 2012-15 the work of WFD is focused on long-term programmes in Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and a regional programme across the Western Balkans.. Click below for more information.. Western Balkans.. Kyrgyzstan.. Georgia.. Training Young Political Leaders in Moldova..

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  • Title: Asia
    Descriptive info: / Asia.. WFD s parliamentary strengthening work in Asia is currently focused on assisting democratic consolidation in Pakistan.. The organisation is also undertaking some smaller programmes in Burma and Indonesia.. Pakistan.. WFD has.. two linked programmes in Pakistan from 2012-15;.. an EU-funded programme with the Federal Parliament, the other with the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.. 1.. WFD s programme with the.. Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.. is supporting the Punjab Assembly as powers are devolved to the provinces following the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.. WFD s programme is supporting parliamentarians undertake their new roles and responsibilities, including support for female parliamentarians, in-light of  ...   it implements the requirements of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.. 2.. At the Federal level, the.. Improving Parliamentary Programme (IPP).. is an EU-funded programme which began in July 2012.. It is being led by the British Council, with WFD as a consortium member.. WFD s involvement is to strengthen the capacity of the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) to support both the National Assembly and the Senate.. The programme aims to:.. Increase the capacity and functioning of elected representatives, secretariats, committees;.. Enhance parliamentary transparency/access;.. Increase capacity of parliament to promote international human rights standards;.. Increase interaction between Pakistani elected assemblies and the European Parliament..

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  • Title: Middle East & North Africa
    Descriptive info: / Middle East & North Africa.. Middle East & North Africa.. In the Middle East and North Africa WFD has been well placed to respond to requests for assistance in strengthening democratic institutions, governance reform and working with local partners.. From 2012-15 WFD is supporting parliamentary strengthening programmmes in the following countries.. Iraq.. Jordan.. Lebanon.. Morocco.. Tunisia.. Regional programme - women.. Regional programme - policy.. Participants at a cross-party workshop in Tunisia  ...   develop strategies to increase their participation.. Related links.. WFD signs memorandum of understanding with Jordanian House of Representatives.. WFD and Moroccan Parliament sign MoU.. Click here to read a case-study about WFD's programme in Lebanon from 2011-12.. Workshop focuses on enhancing women’s leadership and political participation.. Workshop builds skills of aspiring women politicians across Tunisia.. Drafting legislation focus of workshop in Lebanon.. UK MPs share experience with women counterparts in Kurdistan Parliament..

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  • Title: The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy
    Descriptive info: / The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy.. Women in Local Government in Sierra Leone.. Focus Areas.. Articles.. The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy.. Effective democratic governance requires capable, accountable and responsive legislatures.. The Westminster Consortium is committed to sustainable capacity building to strengthen the governance role of Parliaments.. About the Consortium.. The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy (TWC) is made up of a group of organisations that work collectively to strengthen parliamentary democracy by building capacity in the areas of parliamentary process and management, financial oversight and access to information.. The programme is aimed at developing sustainable capacity building in five parliaments namely: Ukraine, Georgia, Uganda, Mozambique, and Lebanon.. Our UK partners.. Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UK Branch.. House of Commons, Overseas Office.. International Bar Association.. National Audit Office.. Thomson Reuters Foundation.. University of Essex, Centre for Democratic Governance.. National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Ukraine only).. As the lead partner in the Consortium, the main focus for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy TWC team is developing the programme plans, curriculum framework and field presence to successfully implement the programme.. The Consortium has been awarded 5m from the Department for International Development (DfID) Governance and Transparency Fund to support six parliaments in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East over five years.. Background.. Much of the support from donors directed toward strengthening democratic forms of governance has been focussed on the executive branch of government and civil society organisations.. However, it has increasingly  ...   democratic governance.. Centres of learning.. The Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy was established to help developing parliaments create their own sustainable centres of learning for their staff and members.. The Consortium comprises leading experts in the fields of parliamentary practice, financial oversight and communications.. Led by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Consortium has developed a curriculum based on international best practice.. Working with local partners ensures that curriculum content is relevant to local circumstances; it is delivered in the language and format suitable to that setting and uses both international and local examples and case studies.. The Consortium s local partners comprise reputable universities, institutions of learning and non-governmental organisations that have the necessary skills and expertise.. By delivering the programmes jointly with our local partners, the Consortium is able to ensure the transfer of the required skills and knowledge, but can also support the particular parliament well into the future.. Working together.. Central to the success of the Consortium s parliamentary programme is the building of long-term relationships, both with the local partner organisations and, crucially, with those who have undertaken the programmes.. We wish to create and nurture lasting peer-to-peer relationships between local parliamentarians, staff and partners and their counterparts in the United Kingdom.. GTF Annual Report 2012-13.. GTF Annual Report 2011-12.. GTF Annual Report 2010-11.. GTF Annual Report 2009-10.. GTF Annual Report 2008-09.. Prospectuses of courses.. Gains Made at Inaugural TWC Workshop.. Project and Programme Details.. GTF Mid-term review..

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