Capacity development is one of ECES’ main fields of expertise. ECES believes that dissemination of knowledge and sharing of lessons learned among diverse electoral stakeholders and practitioners establishes a fertile growing ground for further systematised exchange between stakeholders that otherwise only interacts ad-hoc.
To this aim, ECES delivers courses both in the framework of its projects and as open enrolment courses. ECES organises the following training programmes:
- Master in Electoral Policy and Administration;
- Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders (LEAD) trainings;
- Leadership and Quality Management Skills for Electoral Administratoors (LEAD-Q) trainings;
- Effective Electoral Assistance trainings;
- Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) trainings;
- Training on the Steps of the Electoral Cycle;
- ISO Certification process;
- Other training programmes.
ECES and/or ECES personnel are also individually contracted to contribute to training programmes, funded and implemented by other organisations in the framework of their projects. Since the establishment of ECES, more than 115,000 persons have been trained within the trainings covering the electoral cycle offered by ECES, notably the training programmes of LEAD, Effective Electoral Assistance, BRIDGE and Election Observation.