Democracy Strengthening Zambia Project uses the Electoral Institutions and Processes Strengthening approach is to support the achievement of the targets set by SDG 16+, which are in line with the 7 th National Development Plan. This programming strategy emphasizes long-term and holistic engagement to strengthen the core functions of democratic actors, institutions and processes to ultimately foster peaceful and inclusive societies at the basis of sustainable development. This governance strategy centres around developing clear, equitable and enforced ‘rules of the game’ for electoral processes with the goal of developing strong, empowered and independent democratic institutions able to deliver key political processes, including peaceful elections.
The approach seeks to improve coordination and build trust between electoral stakeholders. This affords improved ownership, cost efficiency and impact, but critically, seeks to constructively address a root problem of structural and operational issues that can erode the effectiveness and credibility of electoral processes. The multi-institutional approach encourages linkages and contributes to ensuring procedural certainty, restoring trust in institutions, facilitating meaningful participation and continuous dialogue between all stakeholders. With this focus the Electoral Institutions and Processes Strengthening approach aims to address many of the underlying causes of electoral violence.
While the Electoral Institutions and Processes Strengthening component, approach addresses many of the underlying causes of political violence, the Programming for Peace component of the Project focuses on ensuring human security and conflict mitigation of democratic processes across the electoral cycle. The Programming for Peace framework presents solutions relating to the prevention of electoral violence and conflict to support stakeholders in formulating conflict sensitive electoral conflict prevention programmes. A range of electoral conflict prevention activities have been developed, which can broadly be divided into (1) analysis and mapping; (2) monitoring and early response; (3) activity and training design.
Senior Elections Advisor/ Programme Manager
Electoral Project Officer
Project Officer (Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management)