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Strengthening democracy across the world

Friday, March 19, 2010

Representatives of human rights groups, parliamentary bodies and the media met in parliament recently to discuss the work of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). Meg Munn, Chair of WFD, gave a short explanation of how it works for those new to the organisation.

 

The event was an opportunity to promote the work of WFD across the world and explore possible partnerships. The Foundation focuses on strengthening parliaments and political parties in priority countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

 

It was born after the fall of the Berlin Wall to support the emerging democracies in Eastern Europe in building effective governance. One area of work is in strengthening overseas parliaments by providing education, training and mentoring for officials working in these new institutions. WFD also works with the various institutions that make up civil society - at national, regional and local levels.

 

All three main UK political parties have developed, with WFD funding, comprehensive programmes of joint activity with their sister parties. The smaller parties represented in Westminster also participate in the Foundation’s work in similar ways.

 

The parties establish contact with, offer assistance to, and work with individual political parties or movements with which they have a political affinity. Expertise is shared on a wide range of political areas specifically designed for each party. These include pre-election preparation, party development, communication and campaigning strategy, policy development, media skills and grassroots political work.

 

Amnesty International, the British Council, Human Rights Watch, the Electoral Commission, the Hansard Society, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association were among the groups represented at the event. WFD is sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and accountable to parliament for its expenditure.

 

For further details visit: www.wfd.org


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