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​​​​​​​​​​​Learning Retreat on National Oversight Institutions /
Independent State Institutions

29 - 31 August 2017, Bern, Switzerland

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Here you find all the documents relevant for the learning retreat, organised by day. For the full learning retreat experience please visit our mobile friendly event page: If you would like to know our goals for this learning retreat, please read our concpet paper.

Download the FINAL WORKSHOP REPORT or browse the event's dedicated web page for documents and topic summaries.

Other venue documents, are: Venue InformationDownload program (ENGLISH)Téléchargez le programme (FRENCH) | Learning journey personal notes

Let's start learning! Here below are all the background documents and videos sorted by topic.

Our learning journey started with a welcome note from Corninne Huser (focal point ddlgn) and Nils Rosemann (focal point CHRnet). You can watch their speech HERE. They passed the microphone to Erika Schläppi who gave a general inroduction to the topic. Read her PowerPont presentation or watch the video. From then on the participants jumped right into the first of four topics.

Documents, links and videos for each topic can be found here below as well as on the designated event page.

Anti-corruption commissions (day 1)

Here you find all the documents, power point presentations, etc. for day 1.

 Documents ACC

 Further documents ACC

Supreme Audit Institutions SAIs (day 2)

Here you find all the documents, power point presentations, etc. for day 2.

 Documents SAIs

 Further documents SAIs



    ISSAI |

    Please visit this web page from International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions ISSAI.

National Human Rights Institutions NHRIs (day 2)

Here you find all the documents, power point presentations, etc. for day 2.

 Documents NHRIs

 Further reading documents NHRIs

​Election management bodies EMBs (day 3) ​

Here you find all the documents, power point presentations, etc. regarding EMBs.

 Documents EMBs

 Further documents EMBs


    The mechanics of democracy promotion tools: bridging the knowledge-to-practice gap

    Routledge | 2016 | Unspecified region,

    By drawing upon the literature that diagnoses the gap between academics and practitioners, this article categorises and describes the traditional democracy promotion tools developed by international governmental and non-governmental organisations to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice. Further, it examines the utility of ICTs in promoting and upholding democratic change. The findings inform considerations and specific recommendations offered to the tool developers on how to converge traditional and new democracy promotion tools. These are intended to assist in focusing tool design and development efforts, and promoting standardisation and innovation.


    Rapport Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante 2015 - 2016

    CENI BURKINA-FASO | 2016 | West Africa,

    Depuis vingt ans, dans la quasi-totalité des Etats africains, les élections se multiplient à la fois sous la pression des attentes croissantes des populations en matière de démocratisation et les exigences non moins croissantes de la communauté internationale qui conditionne la reconnaissance d’un régime politique et de l’octroi de l’aide à la tenue d’élections libres et indépendantes. Les Commissions électorales indépendantes sont apparues comme une réponse et une solution à cette problématique de crédibilité des consultations électorales.


    Dialogues on Voluntary Codes of Conduct for Political Parties in Elections

    Directorate of Political Affairs, Switzerland | 2017 | Global,

    Codes of conduct have proved particularly useful in enabling political parties to reaffirm their commitments to fair play in elections. This guide captures lessons learned from all continents for facilitators of voluntary codes of conduct. It offers a menu of options and case studies from across the globe, with a focus on the importance of process and facilitation as much as the content of the agreements. The authors of this guide suggest that a code of conduct for political parties—particularly a voluntary code which by its nature is not legally binding—is more likely to achieve its goals when produced as part of a consultative dialogue with the parties.

  The way forward

The last workshop module was on the way forward: What do we take home? How do we continue working on these subjects? Corinne Huser (focal point ddlgn) and Inanna Göbel-Bosch (deputy focal point CHRnet) addressed this question in their closing remarks:


Our learning journey

The learning retreat is not only a moment to pile-up new knowledge. It is also a moment to reflect on on our everyday work process. What does it take to be better at what we do? For this we take you on a learning journey asking you 4 questions to reflect upon during the period of the workshop.


More photo impressions

For more photo impressions from our learning journey, please visit the photo section on our event page.