ECES works in close partnership with like-minded complementary partner organisations and networks to to implement our electoral support projects and activities and achieve our goals, always to the benefit of electoral stakeholders. We also consider projects' beneficiaries as partners in advancing electoral practices and processes throughout the electoral cycle approach.
ECES’s partners range from Electoral Management Bodies to international, regional and national organisations, think tanks and NGOs. ECES remains committed to adopting innovative ways to incorporate new partnerships at the global, regional and local level.
Please click on the logos below to learn more about ECES partners:
European Commission - EIDHR, DCI, EDF, IcSP
As an economic and political union consisting of 28 members that cooperate in several sectors, the EU is one of the main international actors active in the promotion of democracy and human right at a global level. Through its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), founded in 2006, the EU seeks to enhance respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries and regions where they are most at risk; Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation; Supporting actions in areas covered by EU Guidelines: dialogue on Human rights, human rights defenders, the death penalty, torture, children and armed conflicts and violence against women; Supporting and strengthening the international and regional framework for the protection of human rights, justice, the rule of law and the promotion of democracy; Building confidence in and enhancing the reliability and transparency of democratic electoral processes, in particular through monitoring electoral processes.
As one of ECES largest donors, the EU has funded ECES projects using different financial instruments - in Libya, the projects Won for Lybia, SUDEL I and SUDEL II funded through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR); in the SADC Region, the Project PEV-SADC - Preventing Electoral Violence in the Southern Africa Development Community - funded by the Instrument for Development Cooperation (IDC); the PACTE Madagascar Project and its extension funded by the European Development Fund (EDF); PARCAN I and PARCAN II in Guinea, Conakry funded through the European Development Fund (EDF); PACTE – Comoros funded through EIDHR; INCIPALS Project in Madagascar funded by EU's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP); Technical Assistance to the National Authority for Elections Project in Central African Republic funded through EuropeAid and PACTE-Burkina Faso partially funded through EU's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Republic of Austria
Federal Republic of Germany
Kingdom of Denmark
EFEAC is an initiative led by the ten member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The primary objective is to support EFEAC members states in contributing to the consolidation of democracy and governance in Africa. This will be achieved through the training of managers and stakeholders in the electoral process and the promotion of applied research in electoral matters. In this context, the EFEAC organizes different types of training in electoral administration.
The ECES-EFEAC partnership is based on the synergies between the two organizations, through which the electoral process can be effectively supported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the ECCAS countries, as well as in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). On the one hand, EFEAC focuses on regional expertise necessary for a school of regional reputation as well as contextual knowledge of the ECCAS countries. On the other hand, with the help of international experts, ECES provides support and expertise in working with international organizations, donors, and knowledge on European education standards.
OSCE - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections. The OSCE is concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation. Its 57 participating states are located in Europe, Asia and North America and cover most of the land area of the Northern Hemisphere.
The collaboration between the OSCE and ECES was translated into a training on tailored modules of the Bridge methodologies for the Civil Society Organizations in Kosovo delivered by ECES, organized by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, in December 2014 in Pristina.
Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All member states of the Council of Europe have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned. The European Union is preparing to sign the European Convention on Human Rights, creating a common European legal space for over 820 million citizens.
ECES and the Council of Europe cooperate in the publication of research and studies on issues related to electoral assistance, conflict prevention and the Electoral Cycle Approach.
Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia - DIPLOCAT
The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) is a public-private partnership designed to foster dialogue and build relationships between the citizens of Catalonia and the rest of the world. DIPLOCAT seeks to contribute to discussions pertaining to the main global challenges by promoting the active involvement of Catalan society in the mutual exchange of ideas and best practices in key sectors like government, business, culture, and education, in order to promote a fairer, more peaceful, democratic and sustainable world.
The Council engages in public diplomacy with national and international audiences online and in person, leading to exchanges about Catalan issues as well as world affairs, organizing working visits, academic events, facilitating business networking, and by building capacity in international relations.
European Space Agency - ESA
The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space, with 20 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a staff of more than 2,000 with an annual budget of about €4.28 billion / US$5.51 billion (2013). ESA's space flight program includes human spaceflight, mainly through its participation in the International Space Station program, the launch and operations of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon, Earth observation, science, telecommunications as well as maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre Kourou French Guiana, and designing launch vehicles. The main European launch vehicle Ariane 5 is operated through Ariane space with ESA sharing the cost of the launch and development of the vehicle. ESA science missions are based at ESTEC Noordwijk Netherlands, Earth Observation missions at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, ESA Mission Control (ESOC) is in Darmstadt,Germany, the European Astronaut Centre;(EAC) that trains astronauts for future missions is situated in Cologne, Germany, and the European Space Astronomy Centre is located in Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain.
The European Space Agency financed the innovative Sway4edu project implemented by Openet, with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), the Central African School of Electoral Training (EFEAC), and the Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). This project aimed at providing electoral eLearning training to EMBs of the 10 ECCAS countries.
International Organisation of La Francophonie - OIF
The International Organisation of La Francophonie represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. Its members share more than just a common language. They also share the humanist values promoted by the French language. The French language and its humanist values represent the two cornerstones on which the International Organisation of La Francophonie is based. The International Organisation of La Francophonie was created in 1970. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 77 member states and governments (57 members and 20 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers. IOF organises political activities and actions of multilateral cooperation that benefit French-speaking populations. Its actions respect cultural and linguistic diversity and serve to promote the French language, peace and sustainable development.
ECES and the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) have entered into a partnership in order to collaborate in the area of electoral support in francophone countries. In the framework of this partnership, the two organisations worked together on several conferences, training and needs identifications missions in Madagascar, Gabon, Guinea Bissau and Republic of Congo.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The International Organization for Migration is the principal intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. It is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. With 151 member states, and 12 additional states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM works in the four broad fields of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration. Crosscutting activities include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration. IOM Headquarters in Geneva.
ECES and IOM have worked in partnership in the delivering of the “Support to the Democratisation Process in Sudan” (SDP-SUDAN). The project was developed throughout 2013 to the benefit of the Sudanese National Electoral Commission (NEC).
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale - ISPI
Founded in 1934, ISPI is one of the oldest and most prestigious international relations institutes in Italy, with its headquarters in Palazzo Clerici, Milan. It is a private law association, and was granted the status of a non-profit-making body in 1972. ?ISPI’s scientific output has always been distinguished by a sound pragmatic approach, based on monitoring the various geo-political areas and interpreting the major trends in progress on the global scene, to provide political and economic operators with reliable information and guidance. Its interdisciplinary nature is maintained by the close collaboration of specialists in economics, politics, law, history and strategic studies (from both academic and non-academic circles) and by partnerships with prestigious institutions and research centres all over the world.
ECES and ISPI hold a long-lasting partnership that translates in the organisation of the Effective Electoral Assistance course. This is an annual training that ECES and ISPI deliver in partnership and that focuses on the principles and latest developments in the field of electoral assistance.
Openet Technologies S.p.A was founded in Matera in April 2000, as a spin off of a group of researchers, supported by major industrial groups and banks that accompanied its growth. Today, Openet has operational offices in Rome, Palermo and Brussels and is capable of providing advanced and innovative services that are geared towards overcoming the digital divide. OPENET works in the field of satellite telecommunications, by designing, building and managing advanced networks of information / communication for public and private operators.Seeing technology as a tool, OPENET supported the introduction of modern technologies in the important processes of open government and digital divide.
Openet Technologies worked closely with ECES in the implementation of the Sway4edu project facilitating electoral e-learning activities in the 10 ECCAS countries.
The Réseau des compétences électorales francophones is an international group of election administrators in the Francophone region that promotes the regular holding of free, fair and transparent elections. To achieve this goal, RECEF works to: support its members, contribute to their professional development, support them with the implementation of electoral stable neutral, autonomous and independent institutions; promoting of professionalism through the exchange of experiences and good practices; promoting the full participation of the citizens to the polls; the developing of research on elections; the establishment and strengthening of partnerships with any institution with purposes consistent with those of RECEF.
Réseau des Compétences Electorales Francophones (Network for francophone electoral competencies- RECEF) is a French-speaking organisation consisting of Electoral Commissions from 18 francophone countries with which ECES organised a training in Burundi in the context of the PAPSII programme, and provided its expertise in their annual conferences in Gabon and Mali.
Scytl is the worldwide leader in secure electronic voting, election management and election modernization solutions. Scytl solutions incorporate unique cryptographic protocols that ensure maximum security, transparency and auditability in all types of elections. Scytl’s groundbreaking electoral security technology enables organizations to electronically carry out all types of electoral processes in a completely secure and auditable manner, positioning the company as the global leader in the industry. Over the past 10 years, Scytl has managed over 100,000 electoral events electronically across more than 35 countries, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland the UAE, India and Australia.
In 2013 ECES and Scytl signed a strong partnership that translates in a close cooperation in the delivering of technological solutions to the beneficiaries of ECES projects. Among the several field of cooperation, ECES and Scytl are now working on the development of an e-Learning program for electoral stakeholders in Africa and especially for the benefit of the Electoral Commission in DRC.
Transtec is a leading European development consulting firm dedicated to delivering technical cooperation services for public, private and third sector organisations in emerging economies. Transtec was established in 1983, its mission is to contribute effectively to good governance, including the improvement of the performance and decision-making process in the public and private sector.
ECES and Transtec hold a strong partnership that focuses on the provision of long-term technical assistance and on a close cooperation in the drafting of call for proposals related to the field of electoral support. Additionally, ECES is part of the consortium led by Transtec that in December 2013 won the LOT 12 of the EU Framework Contract Beneficiaries for the provision of short-term operational services in the field of Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-crisis assistance for the exclusive benefit of third countries receiving EU external aid.
Civils society organization in Burkina Faso decided to group themselves in the Convention of Civil Society Organizationfor citizen election observation (CODEL). CODEL, which is composed by 35 organizations, aims at ensuring a harmonized, proactive citizen electoral monitoring. For the general election of 29 of November 2015 in Burkina Faso, and in line with its own objective of supporting transparent, credible and peaceful elections, CODEL deployed more than 4.000 observers who directly sent data from polling stations via SMS and mobile App. These data provided for the first time in the history of Burkina Faso a global and real time view on E-day proceedings. In order to achieve its objectives, CODEL organized and implemented an ‘Electoral Situation Room’ which has been CODEL’s Headquarter. The Electoral Situation Room allowed CODEL to coordinate citizen monitoring activities while ensuring credible data on the run of election operations as well as a constant communication with electoral authorities, security forces and local and international media.
The Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) is a non-profit sharing, non-governmental and non-partisan organisation registered under the Societies Ordinance dating back to 17th of November 1987. The Association in 2004 complied with the new NGO law of 2002. Tamwa has two offices in Dar -es- Salaam and Zanzibar. Currently the Association has over 100 members with a minimum qualification of Diploma in Journalism and three years work experience in the media industry. Members are working in public and private media houses as editors, reporters, programme managers, producers, public relations and communication officers. TAMWA lobbies for the increase number of women in all decision making organs to 50% including ministerial cabinet, parliament, and village councils and significant reduction in violence against women and children eg.in FGM, child marriages, rape, abandonment of women and children, denial of women inheritance rights etc. This makes TAMWA not only an ideal associate in promoting gender mainstreaming but also a valuable support to the Projects media-related activities such as media monitoring and early warning mechanisms but also support to female political leaders in communication training.
Mwalimu Nierere Foundation
Peace and Unity through Justice for All is the mandate within which the Foundation works in its efforts to improve the quality of people’s daily lives and build respect for human equality, integrity, freedom and work. The Foundation’s mission is dedicated service to people by distinguished performance in working with people; encouraging, supporting and facilitating their activities in the process of their capacity building and search for prosperity and progress. They are involved in both regional and national processes most notably the Burundi Peace Negotiations – formerly under the facilitation of the late Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere and later under the facilitation of HE Nelson Mandela. The Foundation was acting as a legal body and “conduit” shouldering financial and documentation responsibilities for the Burundi Peace Negotiations. Total financial resources handled for Burundi Peace Negotiations amounted to over 16 million US dollars. On a national level, the Foundation supported the CCM / CUF Reconciliation Accord in 2001. The Foundation will therefore support political dialogue-related activities and conflict management and mediation workshops on the grassroots level.
ANGOZA is an umbrella organisation comprising a wide range of non-state actors and CSO’s- It is recognised by the state and hence has developed good relationships with different sectors and institutions and agencies in the government while remaining politically impartial. During a recent event organised in the Unguja Island ANGOZA, Zanzibar Youth Forum (ZYF) as well as White Star and NGO Resource Centre, organized a policy dialogue dubbed "citizens platform" to discuss issues around good governance and poverty eradication in Zanzibar and the role of CSOs and elected officials. Against this background ANGOZA would be most suitable to carry Project activities in support of CSO’s including strategically inputs to training programmes, development of communication plans and the sensitisation campaign given their wide network across Zanzibar, Pemba and Unguia Island.
The GNRC is a global-scale interfaith network of organizations and individuals specifically dedicated to securing the rights and well-being of children everywhere. GNRC members come from all of the world's major religions and many other spiritual traditions. They share a commitment to making the world a place where every child can enjoy not only the right to survive, but also to thrive, making positive contributions of his or her own to a world of peace and dignity for all. We believe both prayer and action are needed to realize this vision. The GNRC was inaugurated in May 2000 by the Arigatou Foundation, an NGO in special consultative status with ECOSOC of the United Nations. In 2012, the Foundation changed its name to Arigatou International, and it continues to support the GNRC today. The work of the GNRC is supported by a dedicated team at the GNRC Secretariat at Arigatou International in Nairobi but have a local field office in Zanzibar. GNRC will bring global experience in religious dialogue as well as working with a wide range of stakeholders including women and youth.
The Interfaith Center, headquartered in Zanzibar, focus their work on building bridges between people of different religions, particularly between those of various Islamic and Christian beliefs. They are involved in both national and community level dialogue working with high-level national religious leaders such as the Bishops and Sheiks and supports also the Priests, Fathers and Imans working in the local communities with often hands-on guidance and problem-solving. The Interfaith Center has established a Youth Interfaith Forum of Zanzibar (YIFOZA), which is a forum of young Muslim and Christian leaders planning and conducting interfaith activities for youth active since 2009. This makes the Interfaith Center an ideal ally in planning and implementing inter- and intrafaith dialogue activities as well as supporting activities geared towards youth groups.
To ensure the security of its staff and experts in the field, ECES is supported by Drum-Cussac. The company provides ECES staff in the field with evacuation for both natural disasters and due to political crises. Drum Cussac offers an all-encompassing travel risk managed service to protect your travelling executives, integrating medical assistance where needed. For complete enterprise-wide risk management, their scope can be broadened to cover expatriate workforces, contractors, visitors, assets, vehicles and temporary and permanent facilities. They safeguard their clients by integrating best-in-class information technology with deep operational security capability and a global footprint, protecting over 11 million lives and thousands of assets and facilities worldwide.
Eastern Europe Studies Centre
The Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization aiming to build civil society and promote democracy in Eastern Europe by monitoring and researching political, economic, and social developments in the region, and by developing qualitative analyses of them. EESC organizes conferences, seminars, and round-table discussions regarding issues relevant to civil society and democracy; it trains people in areas relevant to its mission; and it also offers consultations and recommendations to individuals and organizations cooperating with Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. EESC specializes in the EU Eastern neighborhood policy. The Eastern Europe Studies Centre was established by the Vilnius University in 2006 in pursuance of the PHARE Cooperation Across the Borders program in the Baltic Sea region. The idea matured in Vilnius in accordance with Lithuania’s wish to be active in Eastern Europe politics and to have a strong analytic centre that is able to analyze political, economic, and social processes in Easter Europe. In 2007 EESC has expanded its field of activity by establishing the Democracy and Development Assistance Fund. Its fundamental aim is to promote Freedom and Democracy in the Eastern Europe by streghtening cooperation across the borders and building networks that would implement development oriented projects that would put grounds for emerging democratic processes in the region. The Fund has six programmes and is willing to support various projects in different fields.
FRIDE is a European think tank for global action, which provides innovative thinking and rigorous analysis of key debates in international relations. Our mission is to inform policy and practice in order to ensure that the EU plays a more effective role in supporting multilateralism, democratic values, security and sustainable development. FRIDE benefits from political independence and the diversity of views and intellectual background of its international team. Based in Madrid, FRIDE seeks to enhance the southern European perspective within EU debates and the European perspective within Spain. Our main contribution to international debates stems from our empirical research on: The development and promotion of democracy The increasing role of emerging powers The role of international development cooperation in advancing universal values Global governance and multilateralism The complexity of threats to peace and security Fragile states and energy security All of FRIDE’s projects are accompanied by a specific outreach and communications strategy, in order to increase impact and ensure the optimal completion of objectives.
Search for Common Ground
Network for European Studies (Canada)
Barcelona International Peace Resource Center - BIPRC
The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) is the outcome of an initiative launched by the Barcelona City Council to promote the culture of peace through dialogue, awareness-raising, and training in crisis management and conflict resolution. Created in 2009, the BIPRC is the only center of its kind in Spain. Its work is inspired by the philosophy of centers around the world specializing in crisis management and peace operations. The BIPRC's main activity is an international specialized training program designed to meet the extensive learning needs of civilian personnel and to equip them with the skills they need to engage in field operations around the world.
ECES and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Centre have worked together since 2010 in the provision of open-enrollment courses on fundamental election support issues, such as the prevention of election-related violence. Since 2012, the BIPRC has also hosted the delivering of the LEAD (Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders) curriculum.
Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections - BRIDGE
BRIDGE stands for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections. It is a modular professional development program with a particular focus on electoral processes. BRIDGE represents a unique initiative where five leading organisations in the field of democracy and governance have jointly committed to developing, implementing and maintaining the most comprehensive curriculum and workshop package available, designed to be used as a tool within a broader capacity development framework.?? The five BRIDGE partners are the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), International IDEA, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD).
Several members of the ECES staff are also BRIDGE accredited and accreting facilitators. Consequently, they deliver BRIDGE TtF and BRIDGE specific modules in the framework of ECES projects with the aim of strengthening local stakeholders’ capacities in the managing of the electoral cycle activities.
Ceci n’est pas une crise
Ceci n’est pas une crise is a new politically independent foundation that aims to counter the spread of identity populist movements. Ceci n’est pas une crise wants to reframe the debate on the current societal transformations - such as the ideological changes due to the fall of the Iron Curtain, changes in gender and family roles, decreasing the importance and influence of institutions such as the church and other authorities, the IT (information technology) revolution, economic and financial globalisation, climate change, global media and mass communication - that cause identity confusion within our society.
The consequential fears and insecurities provide a fertile breeding ground for populist movements as it makes us receptive to scapegoating of “the other” (so called identity populism) and to various forms of extremism. So far, there seems to be awareness but no practical solutions to counter these trends. Ceci n’est pas une crise wants to bring together international expertise and all relevant actors to actively develop and promote counter-measures.
ECES and Ceci n'est pas une crise are close partners and they share the office at ECES Headquarters in Brussels.
Christian Democratic International Center – KIC
KIC is a party affiliated organization involved in democracy assistance. KIC has projects on three continents, in countries such as Ukraine, Belarus, Cuba and Uganda. KIC’s goal is to contribute to democracy and development in the countries in which it operates through the support in building a multi-party system and by supporting other Christian Democratic parties. Over the past twenty years, KIC has seen a number of nations make a transition to democracy, but there are still a lot of places around the world where political and civil rights are violated by the ruling regime. Through cooperation with local democratic forces, KIC strives to change this. The vision that guides KIC’s cooperation is a democratic and peaceful world, founded on human rights and good governance.
ECES and KIC have worked together in the framework of the PYPA project. In the specific their partnership focused on the delivery of specific training for young politicians in Uganda.
Collateral Creation - CC
Collateral Creations (CC) is a production platform with a network gathering visual artists and experts. CC has the ability and knowledge to bridge the production of artworks with reliable analytical investigation in dedicated projects. CC therefore enables its clients to deliver creative and nuanced messages on complex international and socio-economic issues. The hybrid content produced can match the targeted audience, which is enlarged thanks to innovative multimedia distribution channels. Collateral Creative multimedia content ranges from photo, sound, video, exhibition, journalistic essays, and expertise work about socioeconomic and international issues.
ECES and Collateral Creation have worked together in the creation of the SUDAN Video. This video documents the different activities delivered in the framework of the “Support to the Democratization process in Sudan” Project. The video was screened in Arabic. Please click on the SDP-SUDAN project page.
Coordinating Assembly for Non Governmental Organisations - CANGO
The Coordinating Assembly for Non Governmental Organisations (CANGO) was founded in 1983 under the name Coordinating Assembly of Non Governmental Organisations in Primary Health Care. CANGO was the Coordinating Secretariat for NGOs exclusively involved in the promotion of primary health care. CANGO’s constitution was amended in 1987 to transform the organisation into an all-inclusive umbrella of NGOs in the field of development. Since 2001, the organisation has been playing an active role in the fight against poverty in Swaziland. Current programmes are geared towards building the capacity of civil society to engage in the policymaking process.
ECES and CANGO work together in the delivering of capacity building training programmes in Swaziland with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. CANGO is a member of the SADC-ESN. To learn more about the PEV-SADC Project, please go to the project page.
Earth Charter Initiative is the collective name for the global network of people, organizations, and institutions who participate in promoting the Earth Charter, and in implementing its principles in practice. The initiative is a broad-based, voluntary, civil society effort, but participants include leading international institutions, national government agencies, university associations, NGOs, cities, faith groups, and many well-known leaders in sustainable development. The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.
ECES endorsed the Earth Charter and embraced its spirit and aims. ECES pledged to join the global partnership for a just, sustainable, and peaceful world and to work for the realization of the values and principles of the Earth Charter.
Economic Community of Central African States - ECCAS
ECCAS is the Economic Community of the African Union for the promotion of economic integration and cooperation of the Central African region. The organization aims to achieve collective autonomy, ameliorate the living standard of its inhabitants and maintain economic stability through cooperation. EFEAC’s ultimate goal is to establish a Central African Common Market. At the Malabo Heads of State and Government Conference in 1999, the following four priorities were identified: to develop capacities to maintain peace, security and stability, to develop economic and monetary integration, human integration, and to establish a financing mechanism for ECCAS.
ECES and the ECCAS have worked in partnership in the framework of the EU – PAPS II Programme. PAPS II is a programme supporting peace and security for the countries part of the Economic Community of the Central African States-ECCAS through the development of “Centres of Excellence”. These centres aim to provide training and capacity development for military, police and civilian staff in the region. The Central African Electoral Training School (EFEAC) is one of the beneficiary Centre of Excellence, with which ECES has cooperated in the provision of these training. In the context of the PAPS II support to CEEAC, ECES and EFEAC have therefore implemented a set of trainings for several ECCAS countries.
Electoral Commissions Forum of Southern African Development Community - SADC ECF
The Electoral Commissions Forum of Southern African Development Community (ECF) is an independent entity which facilitates co-operation between the electoral authorities of countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Its main function is the promotion of democratic values and free, fair and transparent elections in SADC countries. The majority of the SADC countries currently enjoy relative political stability, which provides an ideal opportunity to promote democratic development in the region. Such development necessarily encompasses electoral processes that genuinely enable the participation of ordinary people in free and fair elections. Without effective and well-run elections, democratic transformation will not take place.
The Electoral Commission Forum of the SADC, ECF-SADC, is one of the beneficiaries of the PEV-SADC project, implemented in SADC region mainly through the participation of ECF SADC members in the conduction of LEAD and BRIDGE training programmes in their respective countries. Several BRIDGE accrediting and semi-accrediting members of the ECF SADC are also supporting ECES in training programme delivery as facilitators. ECES aims to reinforce its partnership with ECF-SADC through its involvement in PEV-SADC project and afterwards, in other current and forthcoming activities.
Electoral Institute of Southern African - EISA
The Electoral Institute of Southern African (EISA) was established in 1996 and is based in Johannesburg (South Africa) with field offices in Kinshasa (DRC), N'Djamena (Chad), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique), and Nairobi (Kenya). EISA is a non-profit organization, which works to promote credible elections, participatory democracy, human rights, and the strengthening of governance institutions for the consolidation of democracy in southern Africa. EISA promotes the development, popularization and application of election principles and the best practices through the production and dissemination of knowledge, election monitoring, and technical support to election stakeholders.
ECES and EISA work together in Madagascar both in the framework of a voter registration awareness campaign in 2013 and of the PACTE project. Additionally, ECES and ESIA are partners in the PEV-SADC Project.
Electoral Reform International Services - ERIS
Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS) is a UK-based not-for-profit organization which provides electoral and democratization assistance to emerging democracies around the world. ERIS works towards the further consolidation of democracy and good governance, with a particular emphasis on the conduct of credible and transparent elections. ERIS also supports the Network of Europeans for Electoral and Democracy Support (NEEDS), which geared towards enhancing the capacity of the European Union and civil society organizations to monitor elections by connecting leading European organizations and individuals involved in the field of democratization and election observation.
In the framework of the PACTE Project in Madagascar, ECES and ERIS cooperate in the implementation of project’s activities. The aim is to contribute to a more professional, impartial and systematic management of the entire electoral process by strengthening the capacity of electoral stakeholders.
European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation - EIUC
The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence formed by 41 universities from all European Union Member States. It was founded in 2002 on a commitment to adhere to the values promoted by the EU, to promote high-level inter-disciplinary human rights education, research, training and culture, and a shared global understanding of human rights and democracy. EIUC is located in Venice, Italy. EIUC’s mission is to foster a community of scholars, researchers and professionals in order to promote democracy and the implementation of human rights worldwide. The EIUC is financed by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). It also serves as a think-tank by organising « Diplomatic Conferences » on current political issues on human rights and democratisation by gathering academics, experts, officials from the European External Action Service and members of the European Commission.
ECES and EUIC delivered the Summer Academy 2012 in Tunis dedicated to Good Governance in the Maghreb region.
Foundation for Democratic Process - FODEP
Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) is a non for profit Non Governmental Organization formed as a successor to the Zambia Election Monitoring and Coordinating Committee (ZEMCC), a committee which was formed to monitor the first round of Zambia’s multi-party elections in 1991. FODEP was formed and registered under the Society’s Act of Zambia on April 2nd 1992, with the aim of broadening the scope of the democratization process beyond the mere monitoring of elections, as was the case under ZEMCC, to include elections and electoral process; civic and democracy education; local Governance and Development; and Human Rights. NWL is a Zambian organization whose mission is to "bridge the gender gap in political decision making by advocating for increased women's participation and representation". The organization was founded in 1991, following Zambia's transition from a one-party state to a multi-party democracy, by a group of 100 women's rights activists protesting the lack of equal representation in all levels of the Zambian government. At the time, only seven women served in the Parliament of Zambia out of 150 seats, and only three women served on the Central Committee, the equivalent of today's Presidential Cabinet.
ECES and FODEP have worked in the delivering of BRIDGE TTF in the framework of the PEV-SADC and PACTE projects in Zambia. FODEP is a member of the SADC-ESN.
GardaWorld is a global risk management and security services company and is the international division of Garda World Security Corporation, the largest privately-owned security company in the world. GardaWorld works in complex, high risk and emerging markets, providing risk mitigation services when and where they are needed most. GardaWorld's team of international security and risk professionals delivers flexible, discreet, avoidance-based security and protective services to secure people, their assets and reputation, and encourages the growth of small businesses. Operating since 1984 GardaWorld employs more than 3,500 staff to provide protection, training and crisis response.
Together with ECES, Garda World is part of the consortium led by Transtec, which in December 2013 won the LOT 12 of the EU Framework Contract Beneficiaries. Through the consortium, Garda World will provide short-term operational services in the field of Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-crisis assistance for the exclusive benefit of third countries receiving EU external aid.
Created in 1999, HAMAP is a non-governmental organization, that stresses the importance of humanitarian assistance. HAMAP’s endeavours privilege the long-term strategy, in a concern of durability, to assist the populations in the development and the accomplishment of their projects. However, in times of crises, HAMAP has demonstrates on a consistent basis an ability to react, and take part in emergency and reconstruction projects. The strength of the NGO rests on a wide and diversified support network, as well as a narrow collaboration with beneficiaries and various local actors from developing countries.
Together with ECES, Hamap is part of the consortium led by Transtec that in December 2013 won the LOT 12 of the EU Framework Contract Beneficiaries. Through the consortium, Hamap will provide short-term operational services in the field of Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-crisis assistance for the exclusive benefit of third countries receiving EU external aid.
IDLO enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. IDLO's Vision is a world in which every person is able to lead a life in dignity and under the rule of law. Its mission: To enable governments and empower people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. As the only inter-governmental organization with an exclusive mandate to promote the rule of law, IDLO works to make institutions of law and justice work for the people. In this view, IDLO contributes to creating stable and inclusive societies where there is opportunity for all and where every person can live free from fear and want. IDLO provides technical legal assistance and capacity development at the national and local level, often in the poorest and most insecure parts of the world. IDLO works in partnership with local actors and with different legal systems in an enabling and empowering – rather than prescriptive or directive – way.
Together with ECES, IDLO is part of the consortium led by Transtec that in December 2013 won the LOT 12 of the EU Framework Contract Beneficiaries. Through the consortium, IDLO will provide short-term operational services in the field of Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-crisis assistance for the exclusive benefit of developing countries receiving EU external aid.
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - IDEA
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, based in Stockholm, Sweden, is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide. The objectives of the Institute are to support stronger democratic institutions and processes, and more sustainable, effective and legitimate democracy. The International IDEA provides knowledge, expertise, and a platform for dialogue in constitution-building, electoral processes, political parties, and democracy and gender issues.
ECES and IDEA have cooperated in the framework of the SUDEL Project. ECES has inherited the “Supporting Democratic Transition in Libya” project from International IDEA. The two organisations together also organised a lessons learned exercise on the 7th until the 8th of June 2012 over the local elections in Benghazi of the 19th May 2012.
Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr - IMVF
Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr - is a Non Governmental Development Organisation (NGDO) that believes in the joint effort of millions of people around the world to promote development amongst the poorest populations. IMVF works exclusively in Portuguese-speaking countries and promotes socio-economic and cultural development. IMVF operates throughout the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries -, working as a matter of priority on Development Cooperation and Development Education; innovative in its work on Decentralized Cooperation with municipalities it also receives occasional requests to grant Humanitarian Aid in the countries in which it operates. A dedicated team - in Portugal and on the field- carry out initiatives in key sectors such as Education, Health and Food Security, and focus their work on partnerships with organizations and institutions in each country and with the projects’ beneficiaries, strengthening the idea that lies behind all IMVF’s activity - only through the empowerment of populations it is possible to boost communities’ Sustainable Development.
Together with ECES, IMVF is part of the consortium led by Transtec that in December 2013 won the LOT 12 of the EU Framework Contract Beneficiaries. Through the consortium, IMVF will provide short-term operational services in the field of Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-crisis assistance for the exclusive benefit of third world countries receiving EU external aid.
KMF/CNOE was created on the eve of the presidential elections in 1989 in order to observe the proceedings. The organisation challenged the official results and this led to the start of a collective awareness that reinforced the desire for greater freedom and social justice in Madagascar. The main objective of the KMF/CNOE is to promote and consolidate democracy, social justice and the rule of law, good governance and responsible citizenship in all areas. Independent of any political party and any established by the church, the KMF/CNOE works on raising civic awareness and education towards responsible citizenship. Given the lack of action in civic education, KF/CNOE decided to implement civic education activities on their rights and duties in everyday life.
ECES and KMF/CNOE work together in the delivering of capacity building training programmes in Madagascar with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. KMF/CNOE is a member of the SADC-ESN.
Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre - KAIPTC
The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) undertakes and delivers research and training programs that contribute to global peacekeeping operations. Since 2003, KAIPTC researchers and training facilitators have delivered over 230 courses in diverse aspects of peacekeeping operations for over 11000 individuals and organizations globally. KAIPTC’s vision is to remain an internationally preferred Centre of Excellence for research into and training for conflict prevention, management and resolution, research and innovative thinking in integrated Peace Support Operations and the sustainable delivery of enhanced regional capacity building for Peace Support Operations. KAIPTC’s mission is to develop and deliver internationally recognized and professional training courses and related programs to equip personnel with the selected skills and competencies required to meet Africa’s present and future of complex peace and security challenges.
The partnership between ECES and KAIPTC has focused on the fundamental contribution that the centre has made in the creation of the groundbreaking movie “An African Election”, which is not at the core of the LEAD training.
KPMG international operates as a network of member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. KPMG works closely with its clients, helping them to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities.KPMG member firms can be found in 155 countries. Collectively they employ more than 155,000 people across a range of disciplines. Sustaining and enhancing the quality of this professional workforce is KPMG's primary objective. KPMG contributes to the effective functioning of international capital markets. KPMG supports reforms that strengthen the credibility and social responsibility of markets.
Leadership Beyond Boundaries - LBB
Leadership Beyond Boundaries is an initiative that was started by the Center for Creative Leadership in order to democratize leadership development and unlock the power of human potential. By extending leadership development to all, LBB is expanding the leadership equation. By helping individuals lead themselves, work more effectively with others, and enact inclusive change, LBB is improving lives, advancing organizations, and transforming communities. LBB believes that leadership development is a lever that can and will change the world.
Since 2009, ECES and LBB have been working together to develop and deliver the LEAD curriculum. After having created this innovative curriculum, ECES and LBB are now working together to tailor new LEAD modules on specific issues such as leadership development for women, youth and marginalized groups.
Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations - LCN
The Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) was established in May 1990 as an umbrella organization for NGOs in Lesotho. From its inception, its primary objective has been to stimulate and support the development of civil society organisations. However, its establishment was more than just developmental. It was also timely in that it denounced human rights violations by the Lesotho military that had usurped power in 1990. Correspondingly, the establishment of LCN constituted a vital response at a critical point in Lesotho’s history when the military had conferred itself with unfretted powers. The LCN has hitherto been a key player in development, conflict management and human rights fronts in Lesotho.
ECES and LCN work together in the delivering of capacity building training programmes in Lesotho with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. LCN is a member of the SADC-ESN.
Libyan Forum of Civisl Society Organisations
The Libyan Forum for Civil Society Organisation was officially registered on 3rd May 2012. It aims at gathering, several NGO networks and other relevant associations across Libya active in the fiels of democractic support. The creation of the network has been one of the main objectives of the Won for Libya project, implemented by ECES. The network provides mainstream strategic and technical assistance and supports member organisations in strategic policy development, capacity building, management of external relations, the mobilisation of resources and so on.
Malawi Electoral Support Network - MESN
The Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) was established in 2003. Its focus is to strengthen the electoral process in Malawi. It is a registered member of the Council of Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi. MESN is a founding member of the SADC Electoral Support Network (SADC ESN) and is currently Chair of the ESN. MESN is a coalition of networks that consists of eight civil society associations or network organisations that work on different aspects of the electoral process such as gender, human rights, political party liaison and religious outreach. Since its inception, it has been involved in election observation, specifically the 2004 and 2009 elections in Malawi. Besides observation, other areas of expertise include parallel vote tabulation (PVT), advocacy, training and civic and voter education (CVE).
ECES and MESN work together in the delivering of capacity building training programmes in Malawi with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. MESN is a member of the SADC-ESN.
Mauritius Council of Social Service - MACOSS
The Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS) was founded in November 1965. Originally, a social service coordinating body, over the years MACOSS has evolved into a Council of NGOs dedicated to providing social services and sustainable social development. The organization received full financial and technical support from the Government, enabling it to fully play its role as a focal point in the NGO sector and to motivate its affiliates to operate along the priority lines in the social welfare sector. As an umbrella organisation, MACOSS seeks to promote social and community development and voluntary actions through non-governmental organisations. It strengthens its members by initiating communication, collaboration and networking opportunities between and among NGOs, Government and the private sector primarily through meetings, workshops, consultations and institutional development activities.MACOSS plays a leadership role in good governance, policy, advocacy and the capacity building of NGOs.
ECES and MACOOS work together in the delivering of capacity building training programmes in Mauritius with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. MACOOS is a member of the SADC-ESN.
Media Consulting Group - MCG
MEDIA CONSULTING GROUP (MCG) is a consulting organisation that specializes in the media industry, film and communication. Its team is made up of consultants who have solid experience in business leadership. MCG has established a network of consultants and foreign correspondents. MCG is well represented by these associates or partners who play an important role in the global media landscape.
In 2014, ECES and MCG are both partners in the consortium lead by Transtec on lot 12 Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management & Post-Crisis assistance.
MediatEUr was founded and built up by a number of individuals that saw challenges in their respective fields of international conflict resolution, be that in the commercial arena, or foreign policy. It is based on the idea that promoting interest-based negotiation and mediation could make a meaningful contribution to tackling these challenges. MediatEUr was established as a forum that brings together and supports conflict resolution professionals, and helps advance the professional practice of international peace mediation. Since its founding in 2008, MediatEur has worked on a growing number of assignments and projects around the world, and has built up a solid network of professionals that act as a resource in this field. The primary objective of MediatEur is to support the peaceful transformation of armed conflicts within and between states, by promoting the use of innovative and effective methods of conflict resolution, dialogue and mediation. A novel venture in international peace mediation MediatEUr brings together a network of qualified mediators and thematic experts to support peace processes in countries affected or threatened by conflict working with conflict parties, peace practitioners, policymakers and organizations active in conflict resolution, peacemaking and peace building.
In the search for integrating new approaches in the prevention of election-related violence, ECES and MediatEur have worked together on the creation of greater linkages between conflict prevention, mediation and electoral assistance. Indeed, ECES and MediatEUr organised a workshop in September 2012, the result of which are summarized in the publication Expert Seminar Report: Missing a Trick? Building Bridges between EU Mediation and EU Electoral Support in Conflict-affected Countries. MediatEUr also led the 2012 LEAD training workshop in Barcelona in partnership with ECES and CCL.
Namibian Non-Governmental Organisations’ Forum Trust - NANGOF Trust
The Namibian Non-Governmental Organisations’ Forum Trust (NANGOF Trust) was founded in October 2007 as the voluntary association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and is now an umbrella organisation for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Namibia. The NANGOF Trust is registered under Notarial Deed Trust, the legal document guiding the operations of the Trust. The NANGOF Trust has a mandate for policy advocacy, network and coordinating, and to strengthen the capacity of its members through various activities conducted regionally and nationally.
ECES and NANGO Trust work together in the delivering of capacity building and training programmes in Namibia with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. NANGO Trust is a member of the SADC-ESN.
National Network for the Observation and Monitoring of Elections - RENOSEC
The National Network for the Observation and Monitoring of Elections in the DRC (RENOSEC) is a coalition of non- governmental organisations interested in the observation of elections in the DRC. It was established in Kinshasa on April 21st 2005 with the mission of monitoring and observing elections. RENOSEC operates throughout the whole of the DRC and has recorded several achievements in the field of election observation. It has participated in the "technology" observation test for the 2006 elections, in the observation of the identification and registration of voters for the 2006 elections, in the observation for the 2006-2007 General elections, in the observation of the electoral process, particularly through the revision of the electoral roll phase in 2010 and 2011 and finally in the observation for the 2011 elections. p>
ECES and RENOSEC work together in the delivering of capacity building and training programmes in the DRC in order to strengthen the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. RENOSEC are members of the SADC-ESN.
Observation Network of Religious Confessions - ROC
The Observation Network of Religious Confessions (ROC) is a structure instated by the religious denominations in the DRC. The Memorandum of Partnership Agreement was signed on July 20th, 2004. ROC is continuing its civic education activities and election observation.
ECES and ROC work together in the delivering of capacity building training programmes in the DRC in order to strengthen the capacities of local electoral stakeholders, enabling them to prevent of electoral violence.
Price Waterhouse Coopers - PWC
Price Waterhouse Coopers is the world's second largest professional auditing services firm. PwC supports organisations and individuals through the delivering of the following services: advisory services; audit and assurance; family business services; human resources services; IFRS Reporting; legal services; sustainability and climate services as well as tax services.
PWC was contracted by the European Commission to complete the final audits of the three Libyan projects implemented by ECES between 2012 and 2013.
Ruhr-Universität Bochum - RUB
The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) with its 20 faculties, its interdisciplinary institutional units, is home to 5,000 employees and over 36,500 students from 130 countries. The RUB is on its way to becoming one of Europe’s leading Universities in the 21st Century. Almost all courses are offered as Bachelor and Master degree programmes. The trio of values, people-centred – cosmopolitan – high-performance, represent the cornerstones of the RUB environment. This space is more than just the sum of its individual elements: People-centred and cosmopolitan means to respect diverse cultures and to give guests a home. People-centred and high-powered means jointly developing creative forces, to “tackle” things with verve and ambition.
Together with ECES, RUB is part of the consortium led by Transtec that in December 2013 won the LOT 12 of the EU Framework Contract Beneficiaries. Through the consortium RUB will provide short-term operational services in the field of Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-crisis assistance for the exclusive benefit of third countries receiving EU external aid.
Saint Louise University Brussels
Saint Louise University is a Brussels-based University. The University boasts 3 Faculties spanning the spectrum of the human and social sciences and an Institute for European Studies. Together, they offer a broad range of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Advanced Master’s, and Doctoral degree programmes, as well as numerous lifelong and executive courses that currently attract nearly 2,800 students from some 60 nations. The growth and diversification over the years has firmly established our reputation as one of Belgium’s principal centres of excellence in the human and social sciences.
In January 2013, Université Saint-Louis in Brussels and ECES organised a conference titled: Developments in the countries of the Arab Spring: What political and economic progress can be expected? What is the role of the EU and its policies? The conference was held in Institute for European Studies at the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels. The objective of the conference was to bring together high-level experts to review current developments in the Arab countries, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. ECES' Head of Programmes, Raphael Pouyé, held a presentation on perspectives from the field, discussing lessons learned from civil society programmes for democratisation in Tunisia and Libya.
SES-Astra is a world-leading satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite communications solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers worldwide.SES-Astra owns and operates a fleet of 55 geostationary satellites that are complemented by a network of teleports and offices located around the globe. This far-reaching infrastructure enables SES-Astra’s customers to reach 99% of the world’s population and places SES at the heart of the global communications chain. SES-Astra is headquartered in Luxembourg and operates worldwide through dedicated regional teams. SES-Astra is listed on Euronext Paris and on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (SESG).
SES (Société Européenne des Satellites) worked closely with ECES on the Sway4edu project in assisting and providing satellite devices to facilitate electoral e-learning activities in the 10 ECCAS countries.
SHER Ingénieurs-Conseils s.a. is a Belgian consulting engineers company, founded in 1985 in Brussels, and works primarily in developing countries worldwide (Africa, Asia, Latin America and The Caribbean). SHER headquarters has been transferred to Namur in 1997. SHER Ingénieurs-Conseils s.a. is specialised in water supply, sanitation, rural development, environment, irrigation, agriculture, breeding, rural infrastructures and constructions, project's evaluations, rehabilitation, environmental protection, agro-industrial projects, hydro-agricultural projects, territorial management, GIS (Geographical Information System). Its human and technical resources enables SHER Ingénieurs-Conseils s.a. to undertake all stages of projects, from the identification studies to operation, including all design and evaluation stages and even "turnkey" contracts. SHER has conducted more than 750 projects hiertofore.
In 2014, ECES and SHER are both partners in the consortium lead by Transtec on lot 12 Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management & Post-Crisis assistance.
Southern African Development Community Election Support Network - SADC-ESN
The Southern African Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN) is a network of civic organisations within the SADC community. The objective of the network is to safeguard elections through more advanced and systematic observation. It was created in 1998 and currently has 16 member CSOs. The network conducts training workshops on specific election monitoring topics and promotes the sharing of lessons learned and best practices in domestic monitoring from around the region.
The SADC-ESN is at the same time the main beneficiary and one of the key partners of the PEV-SADC Project. ECES works with each member of the SADC-ESN in their respective countries in the delivering of BRIDGE TTFs and specific BRIDGE Modules to foster local stakeholders’ capacities in the prevention of election-related violence.
Tanzania Ecumenical Dialogue Group - TEDG
The Tanzania Ecumenical Dialogue Group (TEDG) is an ecumenical lobby and advocacy group of professionals from different fields such as education, economics, theology, philosophy and linguistics. It was formed in 1992 and operates autonomously but with the mandate of churches under Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) and Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT). Churches in Tanzania have been involved in promoting social economic justice. In this endeavor, the churches have been working individually and sometimes together. Tanzania Ecumenical Dialogue Group (TEDG) has been one of the instruments of the church bodies of TEC and CCT whose major role is to empower the church leaders in matters related to social justice including social, economic, cultural and political matters. It provides information on issues related to policies formulated by the government and international organizations.
ECES and TEDG work together in the delivering of capacity building training programmes in Swaziland with the aim of strengthening the capacities of local electoral stakeholders in the prevention of electoral violence. TEDG is a member of the SADC-ESN.
UPEACE - University for Peace
Located in Costa Rica, within the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education delivers dynamic courses to leaders from around the world. The Centre reaches out to nonprofit leaders, business executives, educators at all levels, UN staff, students and other professional audiences. The approach to all courses is innovative, interactive, and participant-centered, using case-studies and field trips when appropriate. The Centre aims to develop key leadership skills by incorporating the following crosscutting themes: • Intercultural Communication • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution • Teambuilding.
Zimbabwe Election Support Network - ZESN
Founded in 2000, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) is a coalition of 36 non-governmental organisations formed to co-ordinate activities pertaining to elections. The major focus of the Network is to promote democratic processes in general and free and fair elections in particular. It was also established to standardise the NGOs election related activities and methodology as well as to ensure wider geographical coverage and co-ordination of activities. The broad aim of the Network was therefore to enhance the election process in Zimbabwe in order to promote democracy and good governance in general as well as free and fair elections in particular whilst adhering to internationally acceptable standards. ZESN's vision is a Zimbabwe where a democratic electoral environment and processes are upheld and it’s mission to promote democratic elections in Zimbabwe.
ECES and ZESN have worked in the delivering of BRIDGE TTF in the framework of the PEV-SADC and PACTE projects in Zimbabwe. ZESN is a member of the SADC-ESN.
CFI, Media Cooperation
CFI is the media cooperation agency of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and is responsible for coordinating and implementing French aid policy for promoting and enhancing the media in developing countries. CFI works alongside players operating in the media industry (TV, radio, written press, social media), whether state-owned or privately owned, in order to strengthen the modernisation and democratisation procedures that France so avidly supports. CFI is currently involved in around thirty projects that fall within four major programmes: media and pluralism, media and enterprise, media and development, and media and human resources.
European Partnership for Democracy - EPD
ECES is a member of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and is part of its Board of Directors. In this context, ECES and coordinates the implementation a joint strategy devised with the partners of EPD called "A European Response to Electoral Cycles Support". EPD is one the most important network of European civil and political society organisations working on democracy assistance. EPD is the first Community of Practice on democracy assistance operating at the EU level advocating for a stronger presence of democracy support on the European Union’s agenda and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best practices in democratic transformations around the world. In this context, the joint experiences of the relevant members of the European Partnership for Democracy provide the needed knowledge and expertise to implement a robust European response to electoral support activities. The other partners are : Club de Madrid, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, DEMO Finland, Eastern European Studies Centre, FRIDE, People in Need, Universidade Catolica Portugesa, European Association for Local Democracy, Elbarlament, AWEPA, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, the French media cooperation agency - CFI and Westminster Foundation for Democracy .
The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) works in cooperation with African Parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, to keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe and to facilitate African-European Parliamentary dialogue. AWEPA’s overall objective is to support the realisation of human rights and development in Africa by strengthening democratic institutions. With the help of parliamentarians and elected officials worldwide, AWEPA actively supports human resource development and institutional capacity building within parliaments made up of decentralised authorities. AWEPAs specific contribution in the European Response Strategy is to draw on their longstanding experiences in working with African and European parliaments and build bridges across national, regional and international levels amongst decision-makers
OneWorld (www.oneworld.org) is a non-profit UK-based organisation which innovates new media, mobile and web technologies for social good, helping people across the world to improve their lives and become active citizens. Within the context of Democracy support, OneWorld’s real-time election monitoring platform is empowering civil society in some of the world’s most fragile democracies. Theirs live-updating data platform provides the information they need to respond quickly to electoral faults and hold officials to account for fair and credible elections. Recognizing that democratic foundations are built before and after Election Day too, OneWorld’s holistic approach also includes cross-media civic education tool, media-training and media-monitoring component; long-term electoral observation and “Ask Your MP” , an accountability tool that connects citizens directly to their elected officials by SMS, email, or Facebook. Within the context of the Project supporting Credibility and Transparency of Elections in Burkina Faso (PACTE-BF), ECES collaborated closely with OneWorld for the implementation of the Electoral Situation Room (BurkinaVote 2015 www. burkinavote.com ).
The Center for Continuous Electoral Training (CCET) under the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Moldova is a public institution, the mission of which is to contribute to providing a favorable environment for organizing fair and transparent elections. The CCET is the only organization in the region of South-Eastern Europe (SEE) specialized in training and accreditation of the electoral officials. The CCET team shared their experience with colleagues from Albania, Belarus, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. In its activities the CCET is reaching out to a variety of beneficiaries, such as: election officials, political parties, young voters, judges, civil society and mass media. It provides Training of Trainers (ToT), thematic seminars in which it uses cutting-edge training methods and e-learning. In 2015, the CCET in Partnership with Moldova State University launched the first Master’s degree program in elections: “Political and Electoral Management”. The CCET is a pioneer in using art in leadership and women empowerment trainings.
The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies exists to promote effective policy making and good governance through better interaction between Parliaments, Governments and other stakeholders in society. The Centre’s primary focus is the empowerment of Human Capital through Capacity Building. To this effect, the Centre organises a range of Training Programmes, Conferences and Policy Discussions to address current public policy issues on the International Stage, in the European Union and the UK. These provide a forum for policy discussion, debate, networking and sharing of best practices. ICPS publishes The Government Gazette, a quarterly magazine that brings a unique and rounded perspective to the major issues of the day affecting good governance. The Centre also offer international consultancy services across a range of areas, including electoral affairs, regulation, governance, public sector reform, health & security.
The Association of World Election Bodies aims to contribute to the development of democracy by fostering efficiency and effectiveness in conducting free, fair, but also inclusive, transparent and participative elections worldwide. A-WEB is an international election organization established by electoral management bodies and electoral professionals worldwide with the aim of ensuring mutual cooperation for the spread of democracy while simultaneously dealing with issues in the present and the future. For this purpose, A-WEB provides training for election officials and organizes various election observations. A-WEB also plans and implements country programs to improve electoral democracy and works in collaboration with other international organizations with a goal of spreading the democratic election system around the globe and taking actions responding to the political and electoral issues of our time.
THALES is an independent law firm specialised in business law. Its 30 lawyers are spread over three offices in Brussels, Antwerp and Namur. THALES advises businesses, public and private institutions and individuals in all major fields of law and defends their interests before Belgian and European judicial and administrative courts. As the Belgian member of the MSI global network of independent firms, THALES can offer first-rate contacts worldwide.
The work of Demo Finland is based on a resolution made by the Finnish government in 2004, according to which “Respect for human rights, promotion of gender and social equality, democracy, good governance and sound economic management are essential cornerstones of development. […] Improving the circumstances for well-functioning parliaments and party systems to function in developing countries lays the foundation for the development and consolidation of democracy. The government is examining the prospects for making better use of the experience and participation of Finnish MPs and political parties.” The basis of Demo Finland’s work is the importance of democracy to development, as well as the importance of functional and responsible political parties to democracy. Demo Finland supports Finland’s development goals by bringing the input of political parties into the Finnish development cooperation. Political parties have a key role in supporting a functional democracy. Parties are necessary to a pluralistic democratic system. Despite the criticism parties face, nothing else could take on all the varied tasks vital to society. Parties form the parliament and the government, parties are the channel through which the political will of citizens is guided into political decision-making, and parties give citizens a chance to take part in politics. A true representational democracy needs functional and responsible parties. Democracy cannot be exported, but it can and must be supported, because a multi-party system is a way towards a society that’s stable and that respects all human rights.
People In Need
The People in Need Organization was established in 1992 by a group of war and foreign correspondents who were no longer satisfied with just bringing back information to the Czech Republic. Instead, they began sending out aid. It gradually became established as a professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world. Within the twenty years of its existence People in Need has become one of the biggest non-profit organization in Central Europe. Apart from humanitarian aid and human rights, it started targeting the field of education as well as helping people living in social exclusion. People in Need is a member of Alliance2015, a strategic network of seven European non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance and development projects. This collaboration yields effective results both in the target countries and in campaigns aimed at influencing the attitudes of politicians and the general public in Europe.
Universidade de Catolica Portuguesa
Cigna Global Health Benefits
Center for Creative Leadership - CCL
The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, CCL helps clients around the world to cultivate creative leadership—the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries. The CCL’s mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of The Society Worldwide. CCL offers a dynamic portfolio of Open-enrollment Programs. CCL also provides a wide array of Customized Organizational Solutions, Assessment Instruments and Feedback Services, Leadership Coaching, publications and online resources.
ECES and CCL have a long-lasting partnership that resulted in the creation of the brand new training curriculum LEAD (Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders). ECES and CCL have delivered the LEAD training in partnership in several locations both within the framework of ECES projects and as open-enrollment courses. For more information, have a look at the LEAD Page.
Urban Republic - UR
Urban Republic is a Los Angeles based award winning film production company founded in 2005. UR has a branch in Accra and works closely with a local production houses. Urban Republic produces content worldwide and is specialized in development, production and postproduction of documentaries, fiction, reportage, educational formats, advertising and commercials. Jarreth Merz, the director, is the owner of the company and an award-winning director, producer and actor. He is also known for his appearances in film and television in the US and internationally. He is currently developing media projects across Africa. Merz is the author of "An African Election" is a documentary that grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana’s 2008 presidential elections.
ECES and Urban Republic have worked together on the development of high impact visual tools, such as the movie “An African Election” or the documentaries on the electoral processes in Libya, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. These videos are all accessible on the gallery page. Additionally, ECES and UR have worked in partnership in the framework of the Political Safari project.
Club de Madrid
Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization composed of over 90 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from more than 60 different countries, constituting the world´s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government, who have come together to respond to a growing demand for support among leaders in two key areas: democratic leadership and governance and response to crisis and post-crisis situations. Both lines of work share the common goal of addressing the challenge of democratic governance and political conflict as well as that of building functional and inclusive societies, where the leadership experience of our members is most valuable. The Club de Madrid works to strengthen democratic institutions and to offer advice on the resolution of political conflicts in order to enhance development and improve the lives of those most in need. The Club de Madrid assists in the identification of politically sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by today’s leaders, developing practical recommedations, action plans and implementation strategies. The direct exchanges with current leaders on a peer-to-peer basis, and the ability of our member´s to deliver the right message at the right time are an essential part of our work and is the core of our impact. Recognition of this very unique added value is explicitly shown by the the growing demand for Club de Madrid support.
ECES and the Club de Madrid have worked together in the framework of the “Supporting Democracy in Libya” SUDEL Project.
IBF International Consulting
IBF International Consulting was founded in Belgium in 1977. IBF works on development aid projects financed by international organisations such as the European Commission, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, as well as by the Belgian Cooperation, AusAid and DFID, both in developing and transitional economies
IBF and ECES have entered into partnership in 2014. ECES supports IBF in the delivering of electoral short-terms services in the framework of the "Governance and Home Affairs (LOT 7) of the EU Framework Contracts 2013-2017.
However, ECES is not part of the consortium of the LOT 7 lead by IBF and composed by the following organisations:
ATC Consultants GmbH
BAa Consultors (Base Assistència I Assessorament Consultors S.L.)
Coffey International Development Ltd
ECFDC (European Consulting for Developing Countries)
ICON-INSTITUT Public Sector GmbH
The IDL Group Ltd
ECES collaborates with IBF as subcontractor when and where is mutually advantegeaous and for countries where ECES is not implementing already EU electoral assistance projects. ECES does not collaborate with IBF or any other consortium or companies of the LOT 7 if there is an interest for ECES in being considered for the implementation of EU electoral assistance projects that are formulated by electoral experts hired by EU services under this framework contract.
Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy - NIMD
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) is a democracy assistance organization of political parties in the Netherlands for political parties in young democracies. Currently working with more than 150 political parties from 21 programme countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe, NIMD supports Joint initiatives by parties to improve the democratic system in their respective countries, the institutional development of political parties and efforts to improve relations between political parties, civil society and the media.
ECES has worked with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy in the implementation of the SUDEL “Supporting Democracy in Libya” project in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, ECES and NIMD are both partners in the consortium lead by Transtec on lot 12 Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management & Post-Crisis assistance.
Osservatorio di Pavia
Osservatorio di Pavia is an Italian institute dedicated to the research and the analysis of communication, founded in 1994 by CARES (Cooperativa di Analisi e Rilevazioni Economiche e Sociali). The main activity of Osservatorio di Pavia is the study of communication both through traditional media (press, radio and television) as well as the one related to the development of new technologies (internet). With the experience gained at the national level, Osservatorio di Pavia has been accredited as one of the main centers regarding freedom of expression, media and democracy at the international level, in particular through cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with 'OSCE / ODIHR, the European Union, the Council of Europe (COE), the UN and with national and international NGOs.
ECES and Osservatorio di Pavia have a long-standing partnership that resulted in the organisation of open-enrollment training, such as the Effective Electoral Assistance Training and the LEAD training in Barcelona. Furthermore, ECES and Osservatorio di Pavia have worked together to provide specific Media Monitoring Training in the frameworks of ECES projects, such as the PACTE project.
PME Conseils is a private company that specializes in advising and counselling SMEs on general management, finance and accountability since 1987. Its clientele is varied and the services it offers are complete, allowing each customer to use, a la carte, the desired services. SME Consulting regularly works with other professional business consulting, Lawyers, Notaries, Tax auditors, and has collaborations organized in France, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Switzerland.
ECES has been working closely with PME since the summer 2013 and aims at strengthening their relationships along the growth of the Foundation.