Democratisation is a complex process that requires long-term engagement and commitment to democratic values by national stakeholders and international partners alike.
Elections are the crucial milestones of every democracy when people are called to choose their representatives and legitimate democratic institutions are renewed. Election Observation Missions (EOM) have played an important role in development cooperation for almost thirty years. Election Observation Missions are strengthening the public’s confidence in the electoral process and international electoral observers contribute to increased transparency while discouraging frauds, thus are deemed an increasingly important tool in the hands of the international community for supporting democratic processes.
While providing a comprehensive, independent, and impartial assessment of an electoral process, EOM are issuing recommendations aiming at promoting democratic reforms, political participation and inclusion, by enhancing the legal framework and Electoral Management Bodies (EMB) performances, as well as enhancing dialogue among stakeholders in the post-electoral period. To ensure EOM’s recommendations remain part of a country’s political dialogue, sending authorities such as EU and ODIHR are nowadays deploying Elections Follow up Missions (EFM). Their role is to assess to which extent, stakeholders in a given country, are implementing the road map of institutional reforms recommended by the EOM.
To allow for an effective follow-up and support in promoting human rights and reforming democratic institutions in the given country, international development partners are also providing direct Technical Assistance (TA) to Electoral Management Bodies, Civil Registration, National Assemblies and Governments.
About the Course
Technical assistance missions assist partner countries in meeting medium and long-term goals as outlined by EOMs and EFMs recommendations. These missions can focus on capacity building, policy, and reform or can support investments in projects' planning, funds, and partnerships or concentrate on the acquisition of technical material in specifically identified areas, including media and cyber security.
With this newly designed training on electoral technical assistance, the Global Campus of Human Rights aims at channelling its vast expertise in the field of election observation, towards a more direct operational and technical assistance endeavour, providing a practical understanding of the technical assistance cycle through the professional expertise of its trainers.
Why choose this course?
debates with experts and representatives of sending authorities
exchanges and networking with peers
small class size to increase interaction and communication between instructors and participants
role plays and case studies recreating specific country situations
availability of experts and lecturers to provide feedback and answer individual questions
6-8 May 2022
20 April 2022
€ 490 (VAT included); 10% discount for IEO alumni
Fluency in English (written and spoken)
Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice, Lido (unless COVID-19 restrictions require an online format)
Rationale and objectives
One of the available tools at the disposal of the International Community to support democratic institutions and inclusive elections in partner countries is the Electoral Technical Assistance. Such support goes beyond Election Day, and it concretely shapes into the reform in the medium and long-term run promoting democratic values and enhancing beneficiary institutions' accountability, transparency, and efficiency.
Technical Assistance also generally involves stimulating stakeholders' dialogue, and strengthening the active role of citizens, civil society, and the media in the democratic debate.
It is therefore paramount for any service provider in the field of technical assistance to count on skilled candidates enabling the technical assistance mission to successfully contribute to increasing recipient’s capacity building thus fostering sustainability and reforms, and overall to make international aid sustainable.
By taking this course, you’ll be able to:
fully grasp the linkage between the electoral observation and the technical assistance
acquire a thorough knowledge of the existing activities in the areas of electoral technical assistance
deepen the understanding of the various areas targeted by technical assistance
learn how to benefit from the capacity building process, as a professional in the area of international cooperation, with a specific focus on the electoral technical assistance cycle
The course addresses all participants who are interested in deepening their knowledge on the functioning of electoral technical assistance from a multi-disciplinary approach. It is specifically aimed at training staff who already has a background on international election observation and mission functioning, but who wants to focus more on the theoretical and practical elements of electoral technical assistance, and to remain updated on the contemporary challenges to the election management. This training will therefore benefit electoral observers, staff employed in Election Observation Missions as well as technical assistance beginners.
Structure and content
The aim of the course is to deepen theoretical and practical expertise on electoral technical assistance by providing participants with knowledge and practical skills that are applicable to the daily functioning of technical assistance to Election Observation Missions.
Course dates: 6 – 8 May 2022
The course covers the following core themes:
the EU programming cycle
electoral assistance in politically challenging environments
the dynamics of a politically closed context (case study)
discovery of the ecosystem around the election cycle
programmatic assistance (case study)
the challenges represented by technology in the management of elections
the practical application of the challenge of biometry (case study)
Methodology and coordination
The technical assistance training course is coordinated by Demetrio Lazagna and tutored by election experts Eric des Pallières, Elisa La Gala, Maria Teresa Mauro and Ronan Mc Dermott, whose pluriannual experience in this field will guide participants throughout the various sessions. Their competence will ensure academic quality and consistency of instruction throughout the course and will provide guidance in identifying and responding to participants’ needs while actively coordinating with and managing the interventions of other lecturers and experts.
Participants will particularly benefit from sharing a learning experience that will allow them to have direct confrontation with peers, build networking links, and listen to experts who will share their know-how and good practices.
The training will take place in presence in the seat of Global Campus of Human Rights at the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice, Lido. Alternatively, should the COVID-19-related restrictions not allow the realisation of an in-presence edition, Global Campus may take the decision of realising the training in an online format.
Before the beginning of the training and contemporary to the participation to the daily sessions, participants will have at their disposal an online platform where materials regarding the topics dealt with during the sessions or regarding general information on technical assistance will be uploaded.
The course will be delivered through a combination of:
thematic frontal lectures with Q&A
presentation of real-life case studies which serve as reference and exercise for the understanding and application of theoretical tools acquired during the thematic frontal lectures
realisation of role-plays in the form of practical exercises to test new knowledge and skills in the field of technical assistance
meetings with lecturers and experts
individual reading and study time