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The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) is a non-profit private foundation headquartered in Brussels with a global remit. ECES promotes sustainable democratic development through the provision of advisory services, operational support and management of projects and large basket funds in favour of electoral processes. ECES works with all electoral stakeholders, including electoral management bodies, civil society organizations involved in civic & voter education and election observation, political parties and parliaments dealing with electoral reforms, media, security forces and legal institutions confronted with electoral dispute resolution.  
 
ECES holds the Vice Presidency of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), the most important network of European civil and political society organisations working on democracy assistance. It is composed by 13 members from 11 EU Member States. 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 EU agenda and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best practices in democratic transformations around the world. In this context, ECES and EPD have jointly crafted a strategy called "A European Response to Electoral Support".

This strategy, is based on the lessons learned from ECES and EPD members from supporting democratic and electoral processes in fragile contexts through inclusive dialogue and leadership development. It was presented during European Development Days (EDD) 2016. In this occasion, ECES and EPD were represented also during the high level panel on “Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16 for peaceful and inclusive societies". The panel was chaired by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini and comprised the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and ECES' representative Thijs Berman, former EU Parliamentarian, several times Chief EU Electoral Observation Missions and currently head of ECES' project in Central African Republic.

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