Since February 2013, ECES implements the PEV-SADC project (prevent electoral violence) in all fourteen countries that make up the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in collaboration with the Electoral Institute for a Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the Southern African Development Election Support Network (SADC-ESN).


The overall objective of the project is to support the key actors in the prevention of electoral violence, including through the strengthening of civil society organisations (CSOs) that are part of the regional network of SADC-ESN. To attain this objective, PEV-SADC also has two specific objectives:


  • The first specific objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of member CSOs to the network, and stakeholders, in elections-related violence and prevention.
  • The second specific objective is to support the establishment of an Observatory of electoral violence and carry research and awareness in order to prevent and mitigate electoral violence and advocate for legislative enforcement for electoral dispute resolution.


The SADC-ESN member organisations benefitting from this project are as follows:

South Africa



The project aims to achieve more specific objectives along the project’s three phases: capacity assessment, capacity development and observatory and research.

1. Strengthen the capacity of member organizations of the SADC-ESN in the field of prevention of electoral violence. This is done through the establishment of two training programs:

  • The BRIDGE training, which is organized around the principles that are the basis of democracy, good governance and regular elections;
  • LEAD training that focuses on leadership skills and conflict management.

2. Support the creation and development of skills of the platform of the SADC-ESN composed by CSOs. In this case, the project supports:

  • The creation of an observatory for the prevention of electoral violence;
  • Developing tools to prevent and deal with this type of violence.

3. Promote research, communication, and visibility of the SADC-ESN in order to make a credible actor in electoral processes and the prevention and management of electoral violence.

All objectives are geared towards strengthening the role and legitimacy of CSOs in the electoral process.





With respect to SADC-ESN – the network of civic organisations in the SADC community - it is both a partner and a beneficiary of the project.


The purpose of the SADC-ESN is to safeguard the integrity of elections by ensuring timely systematic observation. The network also organises training workshops on topics such as election observation and promotes the sharing and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices for internal supervision and monitoring of the region.


Vis-à-vis the SADC-ESN,  the PEV-SADC project aims at:

  • Developing fourteen needs assessment reports on the institutional capacity of national members of SADC-ESN, establish a comprehensive report on the network as a whole;
  • Organising LEAD BRIDGE trainings in all 14 SADC countries;
  • Supporting the creation and development of capabilities of the SADC-ESN platform;
  • Promoting research, communication, networking and visibility of the SADC-ESN;
  • Collecting national data related to election-related violence. The aggregated data will provide indications on the phenomenon at national and regional level;
  • Developing and disseminating case studies on the phenomenon of election-related violence;
  • Organising two regional conferences where research findings on election-related violence are presented and discussed. At these conferences, participants from mainly the SADC-ESN, will establish a roadmap and an action plan based on the research findings.


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