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.