Westminster Foundation for Democracy


Westminster Foundation for Democracy is the UK’s leading democracy-strengthening organisation. We bring together parliamentary and political party expertise to help developing countries and countries transitioning to democracy.

WFD was established in 1992 after the fall of the Berlin Wall as an arms-length non-departmental public body which operates closely with, but is independent of, the UK Government.

Our vision is of the universal establishment of legitimate and effective multi-party representative democracy. We can contribute to this by supporting inclusive governance which strengthens policy-making, accountability, representation and citizen participation.

Many countries around the world are keen to engage with WFD because they want to hear about the British experience. Rather than engaging in large, one-size-fits-all programmes with expensive components, we tailor bespoke programmes which makes small but significant improvements to that country’s democracy — and pave the way for bigger changes.

By operating in more countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa, WFD is now leaving a bigger footprint than ever before.

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