Effective Electoral Assistance

One of the main challenges of electoral assistance today is how to ensure sustainable impact on and how to integrate efforts undertaken in the elections field to broader goals of democratic development and the promotion of human rights. To this end, the EC, UNDP and International IDEA developed the electoral cycle approach in 2005 – a visual training and planning tool that helps development providers to understand the cyclical nature of electoral processes.

In March 2008, the dedicated learn4dev Expert Group was officially established and is presently composed by the EC, UNDP, International IDEA, CIDA, OAS, IOM and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. In the period 2009 – 2012, seven thematic workshops were developed on issues related to a) the use of ICTs in electoral processes; b) elections, violence and conflict prevention; c) the formulation and implementation of UNDP managed electoral assistance projects to which the EU/EC is contributing; and d) information technology and elections management.

See the final reports from the workshops here:

In 2009, the Joint EC-UNDP Task Force on electoral assistance designed and launched an eLearning platform – an interactive learning tool providing free online training on the electoral assistance issues. Currently two eLearning courses are available on the platform: an eLearning course on Effective Electoral Assistance that aims to enhance the electoral assistance community’s capacity to strengthen their effectiveness in delivering electoral assistance; and an eLearning course on ICT and elections management that deals in-depth with the issues and challenges of introducing technology into various elements of electoral administration.

To register and take the training courses, visit the JTF eLearning platform

The eLearning courses as well as the thematic workshops target audiences from EU/EC and UN/UNDP HQ and field offices, members of electoral management bodies, staff from other international, regional or bilateral agencies working in the electoral support field as well as practitioners and academics more generally. Since 2005, the partners in the current Expert Group have organized more than twelve workshops in Europe and Africa and trained more than 700 persons.