The Money in Politics Programme provided comparative political finance data and analysis to the Commonwealth Secretariat to facilitate its review of political finance legislative frameworks in 24 member countries. International IDEA was also invited to the Expert Review Meeting in London on 10–11 February to provide technical expertise and review the draft report.
The review provided a solid foundation for evidence-based political finance reforms in Commonwealth member countries. International IDEA pointed out several critical issues that require further improvement. For example, according to the Institute’s Political Finance Database, just 40.4 per cent of Commonwealth countries require political finance reports to be made public, compared to the global average of 60.1 per cent.
Feature photo: Participants of an Expert Review Meeting on Commonwealth legislative approaches to political finance regulation, organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on 10–11 February. Photo credit: The Commonwealth Secretariat