Elections are an essential element of democratic processes and key moments for holding state institutions accountable. Inclusive and transparent elections which allow the non-violent and open competition among different interests offer the possibility for redistributing access to power. Of course this goes not without political risks. If elections are poorly designed and stirred by confrontational electoral campaigns, they can result in violent conflicts and single party dominance.
SDC is substantially engaged in election support, at national and subnational levels, along the following principles: [A] to view elections not as "one-shot events" but engage with a long-term perspective along the whole electoral cycle; [B] to understand elections as important but not the only means for democratic transformation. Electoral assistance needs complementary activities and to be connected with other good governance or democratisation programmes; [C] to strengthen domestic ownership and capacities; [D] to diversify collaboration modalities in order to minimize risks. Election support must start with careful political risk analysis and strengthen domestic capacities in preventing and mitigating electoral violence. This is particularly important in post-conflict scenarios.
Election support has been a recurrent ddlgn learning topic over the past years with several learning inputs.
You can find resource documents and interesting links here below and information on ddlgn learning under the subtopic
Note to the management for the retreat of 30 January 2014
New programs on electoral assistance starting from 2014 onwards
Support to elections - Overview of SDC projects and small actions for the period 2012/2013
The objectives of this document are to highlight the comparative advantages of SDC interventions and elaborate synergies under a “whole of government approach” with other Swiss institutions active in the field of election support.
La présente brochure se propose d’aider les responsables d’établissement, les enseignants et les autres spécialistes à relever tous ces défis.
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur identifies the problem of targeted surveillance seen from the obligations that human rights law imposes on States and companies. He then proposes a legal and policy framework for regulation, accountability and transparency within the private surveillance industry. He concludes with a call for tighter regulation of surveillance exports and restrictions on their use, as well as a call for an immediate moratorium on the global sale and transfer of the tools of the private surveillance industry until rigorous human rights safeguards are put in place to regulate such practices and guarantee that Governments and non-State actors use the tools in legitimate ways.
Key Findings: A) Freedom of the media has been deteriorating around the world over the past decade. B) In some of the most influential democracies in the world, populist leaders have overseen concerted attempts to throttle the independence of the media sector. C) While the threats to global media freedom are real and concerning in their own right, their impact on the state of democracy is what makes them truly dangerous. D) Experience has shown, however, that press freedom can rebound from even lengthy stints of repression when given the opportunity. The basic desire for democratic liberties, including access to honest and fact-based journalism, can never be extinguished.
This report summarises and analyses donor responses to the closure of civic space around the world. It is part of a wider effort within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to enable joint learning to support SDC offices in dealing with the growing challenges they encounter in restrained or shrinking spaces for civil society.
The report reviews and analyses different models of Theorie of Change underlying Media and Governance programmes by SDC, Fondation Hirondelle and other international media support organisations.
The report also provides an overview of academic empirical research on media effects in the field of governance in order to identify differences between Theories of Change used and the research evidence. Ultimately these analyses aim at a clearer understanding on how media support projects work and how they aim to achieve their objectives on various levels.
This Toolkit is designed to guide UNDP colleagues and other electoral practitioners at different stages of electoral cycle projects, by explaining core concepts at each stage, procedures to be followed, and linking to useful tools that are available both in UNDP and outside of UNDP. This is a living Toolkit that evolves over time by addressing new issues and presenting fresh resources.
Recalling its commitment to strengthen democracy and assist countries in their process of democratic consolidation, the Community of Democracies has established a Working Group on Elections to serve as a platform for dialogue and action on election-related issues, bringing together government representatives and national electoral institutions, as well as regional and international organizations active in the field.
The focus of the EC - UNDP Joint Task Force is on identification, formulation, implementation support and monitoring of all the EC-UNDP projects of electoral assistance. The lessons learnt are consolidated and codified so that they can effectively feed into the implementation of the new electoral assistance projects (and) into the joint EC-UNDP trainings on Effective Electoral Assistance.