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   Guide for Civil Society on Observing Elections from a Gender Perspective
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Guide for Civil Society on Observing Elections from a Gender Perspective

The purpose of this guide is to provide citizen observers with a clear understanding of how women’s participation can be assessed in each phase of the electoral cycle and in each electoral process that they may observe. The guide provides information helpful for analysis of the gender perspective of each phase, with ideas for methodology, questions to ask and checklist questions as appropriate.


Version March 2019


Also available in : French

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  •    Guide for Civil Society on Sustaining Peace through Elections
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    Guide for Civil Society on Sustaining Peace through Elections

    This guide aims to increase awareness of the range of ‘tools’ available for civil society organisations (CSOs) to prevent and/or mitigate electoral violence throughout the electoral cycle. The guide identifies 19 tools that CSOs can use to prevent and/or mitigate electoral violence. These tools were identified following an extensive review of recent civil society initiatives and interviews with practitioners from all regions of the world.


    Version March 2019


    Also available in: French

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  •   A Study on Innovative Approaches to Democratic Participation in Restrictive Environments
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    A Study on Innovative Approaches to Democratic Participation in Restrictive Environments

    The EU has recently rolled out new strategies to address the ‘shrinking space’ challenge. In particular, it has been focusing on how to ‘systematically identify and support new kinds of civil society actors’ who are considered less vulnerable to restrictive measures than long-standing NGOs. This study documents and illustrates how civil society around the world has been responding to the challen­ges of shrinking space. This study focuses on matters of democratic participation, citizen election observation, and digital democracy drawn from studies and interviews with ap­proximately 40 activists and specialists from around the world.


    Version July 2019

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  •  Democratic Republic of the Congo: Successful European support to strengthen the role of civil society in the electoral process
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    Democratic Republic of the Congo: Successful European support to strengthen the role of civil society in the electoral process

    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), citizen election observation has always been characterised by a multitude of actors, lack of resources and methodological weaknesses. The involvement of impartial, quality, citizen election observation for the 2018 elections was therefore an important challenge for both the people of DRC but also for the international community.


    Version October 2019


    Also available in: French

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  • Access to Information
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    Access to Information

    This collection of documents focused on supporting EU Delegations in taking actions to strengthen Access to Information within their local context, meaning supporting the fundamental right of citizens in a democracy to access information on Government activities.  


    These files are destined mainly for the use of European Commission Staff in HQ and delegations as well as EU Member States.

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  • COVID Impact on Media & Freedom of Expression
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    COVID Impact on Media & Freedom of Expression

    This collection contains materials to strengthen EU Delegations actions to counter disinformation and strengthen independent media during COVID.  There are Media4Democracy expert analyses with recommendations to the EU Delegations to Venezuela and Brazil. The related 5-part webinar seriesDefending Independent Media During COVID-19, is available here.


    These files are destined for the use of European Commission Staff in HQ and delegations as well as EU Member States.

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  • Defending Independent Media During COVID19: Media4Democracy
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    Defending Independent Media During COVID19: Media4Democracy

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a profound crisis for independent media around the world, and has exacerbated longstanding challenges to media business models, media freedom and journalist safety. As the pandemic emerged, Media4Democracy convened a series of five global webinars as a platform for staff from EU Delegations and institutions to meet international experts to discuss the most critical challenges facing media and EU Delegation actions in support of media as part of their overall response to the pandemic. 

    This webinar is destined to EU staff in HQ and delegations

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  • Disinformation
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    Disinformation

    This collection of documents contains Media4Democracy reports, briefing notes, analysis and recommendations focused on strengthening EU Delegation actions to counter disinformation.  These include Briefing Notes relevant to all EU Delegations focused on actions associated with annual events such as World Press Freedom Day and the European Media Literacy Week, as well as a suite of Media4Democracy materials completed for the EU Delegation to Indonesia associated to addressing hate speech and misinformation. Also included is a Media4Democracy analysis with recommendations to the EU Delegation to Colombia and EU Member States to support their actions to counter disinformation in Presidential and Congressional elections. 


    These files are destined mainly for the use of European Commission Staff in HQ and delegations as well as EU Member States.

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  • Electoral Results Management System
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    Electoral Results Management System

    Welcome to this EC-UNDP e-Learning course on electoral results management system. This course will provide you with a description of the various models and main options of Result Management Systems (RMS) currently in use, highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each.


    Duration: 3 hours

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  • EU and UNDP Working Together in Electoral Assistance
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    EU and UNDP Working Together in Electoral Assistance

    Welcome to this EC-UNDP e-Learning course on EU and UNDP working together in electoral assistance. This course aims at helping EU delegation and UNDP country offices staff in formulating and implementing electoral assistance projects in the context of the EC-UNDP partnership.


    Duration: 3 hours

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  • Guide for Civil Society  on Monitoring Social Media during Elections
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    Guide for Civil Society on Monitoring Social Media during Elections

    Whether it’s tech experts, tech journalists, academics or civil society – many organisations have started experimentally monitoring social media. Traditional election observation needs to catch up with these new social media monitoring techniques. This guide is a publicly available resource for any organisation that wishes to observe social media in elections. It was written in particular for civil society organisations that observe social media in their own country, and uses as little jargon as possible to make this technical topic easy to understand.


    Version March 2019


    Also available in: French

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  • Guide for Civil Society on Election Observation Reporting
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    Guide for Civil Society on Election Observation Reporting

    The purpose of this guide is to provide citizen observers with a clear framework for understanding good practices in terms of their approach to external communications, namely the critically important pre-election statements, post-election preliminary statement and the final report with recommendations. The aim is to help to enhance the capacity of citizen observers in relation to reporting so as to enhance the impact of their work and the contribution they make towards the conduct of elections in their respective countries.


    Version March 2019


    Also available in : French

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