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Welcome to the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES)

The European Centre for Electoral Support is a non-profit private foundation headquartered in Brussels with African regional offices in Antananarivo, Madagascar and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ECES promotes sustainable democratic development through the provision of advisory services and operational support in favour of electoral stakeholders, including electoral management bodies and civil society organisations. The scope of ECES’s work includes parliamentary support, research, policy recommendations, technical support and leadership development. Capacity-enhancing activities lie at the core of ECES’ work and are provided through peer reviews, exchanges of experiences, south-south collaboration and the sharing of best the practices in the field of electoral support, under the guiding principles of inclusiveness and knowledge. ECES implements its activities and projects with the aim of ensuring sustainability, efficiency and local ownership taking into account national and regional socio-political environments as well as the short-, mid- and long term impact of its work. Through the integration of the latest research within the democratic- and electoral field and promotion of dialogue in its projects, ECES aims to support the development of regional, national and local capacity in leadership and conflict management and by doing so, encourages inclusive and consensual democratic transition and consolidation.

Since February 2012, ECES has signed 39 contracts in support for transparent, credible and cost-effective electoral processes and the strengthening of democratic institutions in more than 35 countries. Besides the EU, ECES’s largest donor, ECES has also signed several contracts with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), the Ecole de Formation Electorale en Afrique Centrale (EFEAC), IBF International Consulting, the Christian Democratic International Centre (KIC), European Space Agency, Transtec, The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, among others.

In line with EU regulations, ECES underwent several verifications of expenses in 2013 and 2014. Each of ECES Libyan projects - LFCS, SUDEL I and SUDEL II - was audited by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) whilst, for the same projects, KPMG implemented three external verifications of expenses. The PACTE and the PEV-SADC projects also underwent two external verifications of expenses by Delta Loyd and KPMG respectively.

In 2013, the EU has re-opened the tender for the European Framework Contract Beneficiaries (FWC) for the period 2013-2017. Being part of the consortium led by Transtec that was awarded the contract for the LOT 12, Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Managament and Post-conflict assistance, ECES will cooperate with its long-lasting partner in the delivering of electoral short-term expertise for external aid projects in the exclusive interest of beneficiary third countries of EU External Aid. Additionally, ECES has also recently signed an agreement with IBF International Consulting to cooperate in the framework of the LOT 7, Governance and Home affairs.

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