ECES is proud to announce the success of the first Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders (LEAD) training organised in Antananarivo from 20 to 24 April. The course was delivered in the framework of the project "Preventing Electoral Violence in the SADC region" with 75% of funding from the European Union and 25% from ECES. The overall objective of the SADC-ESN project is preventing electoral violence in Southern African countries, through support to SADC-Electoral Support Network. In Madagascar the member organisation of the network is KMF-CNOE.


The training took place at the premises of the National Independent Electoral Commission for the Transition (CENI-T) with participants being both high representatives of the CENI-T and of the coordination cell of KMF-CNOE, the organization in charge of election observation and voter sensitization. According to the participants this mix of participants allowed for a better understanding of each other’s roles and provided a basis for further collaboration.


Other aspects that were particularly appreciated by the participants are the following:

  • The relevance of the content of the training for the context of Madagascar, especially on the eve of local elections;
  • The sharing of experiences on the general topics of leadership and conflict prevention;
  • The practical sessions allowing for group work, sharing of experiences and formulation of recommendation for the upcoming elections ;
  • The use of multimedia.



The closing session of the training saw the participation a representative of the Delegation of the European Union in Madagascar and the president of the CENI-T. The latter insisted on the importance of this type of training for Madagascar and expressed the will to see the training replicated in the other regions and for all electoral stakeholders.