The Liberal Democrats pride ourselves on being Britain's most internationalist party. We are committed to the preservation and promotion of Britain's place in Europe and the wider world. Through the work of our active International Office, we are active at European level and beyond and we strive to cultivate strong and supportive relationships with our sister liberal parties around the world.
Our International Office works with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) to promote democracy in transitional states in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The grant given to the party by the WFD allows us to work with sister Liberal parties in order to promote party development, fundamental for any functioning democracy in the three core regions - Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The International Office currently coordinate the work of the Africa Liberal Network, whose secretariat is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Throughout the three regions, we work to promote the engagement of women and youth in the political process; and to strengthen parties, not just at the state level, but also at the regional and local levels.
In addition to the WFD programme, the Liberal Democrat International Office also coordinates the international relations of the party through membership of Liberal International, a worldwide federation of Liberal parties, and also the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party, a European network of Liberal parties.
Parties and organisations interested in discussing our Westminster Foundation Democracy programmes or our international work should writeto: International Office, 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE, or contact Harriet Shone, Head of International Office at International.Office@libdems.org.uk or call 0207 227 1274