Stock-take of DFID support to Political parties
Hero image description: Tajikistan Parliament Image credit:Gennadiy Ratushenko / World Bank Image license:Creative Commons
In theory, political parties play a central role within well‐functioning democracies, aggregating and representing citizens’ interests and formulating policy agendas that can respond to citizens’ concerns. They should be a crucial interlocutor between citizens and the state. In practice, in many countries – especially developing and transition countries – political parties are weak and disconnected from the policy process, and struggle to connect with or represent citizens and their interests.
Despite these weaknesses, there is increasing recognition amongst donors that political parties may need to be part of the solution in building better governance and contributing to more responsive and effective states.
Visiting Senior Fellow