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The Labour Party's International Democracy Programme

  • Building stronger political parties and networks abroad

    The Labour Party supports political parties in new and emerging democracies abroad through its International Democracy Programme

    We work together to ensure the values of democracy, freedom, justice and human rights are shared across the world.

    As one of the oldest and most established social democratic parties in the world, Labour has long sought to share experiences and build alliances with like-minded parties across regions.

    We do this by supporting bilateral projects with other parties and by building regional and thematic networks. Throughout, we focus on working with women and young people; two groups that are often overlooked and marginalised in the political process.

    Where we work

    We work in countries all over the world; but predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. We also have limited presence in Asia and have historically supported political parties in the Caribbean and South America. We are actively seeking new partners in Central Asia and North Africa.

    How we're funded

    Labour receives funds from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) -- a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with additional funding from the Department for International Development. WFD builds the capacity of parliaments and political parties; delivering parliamentary work itself whilst providing the resources for the Westminster based parties to do the latter. The funding from WFD enables Labour to run projects and programmes with political parties and regional networks designed around their specific needs. 

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