The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will today publish the report of the Triennial Review of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), which the former Foreign Secretary, the Right Honourable Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr William Hague), launched in February 2014. The WFD currently receives funding from the FCO and the Department for International Development. The review has recommended that the WFD retain its status as a non-departmental public body at arm’s length from Government. The review also recommends a range of organisational, policy and governance measures to increase the relevance and impact of the WFD’s work, enabling it to become a world-leading organisation in the field of democracy assistance.
The Government considers the WFD an important tool for building open, inclusive and accountable democratic systems overseas, which are strongly in our national interest. We are working with the WFD and its Board to ensure implementation of the review recommendations.
Copies of the review are attached and published online.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords