The international community is realising through tough lessons that both technical and political approaches are needed for more effective electoral assistance. At a 1 March 2010 roundtable, a set of draft strategic principles on international support for elections highlighted the importance to build on collective efforts to raise discussions around electoral support to a more strategic level. To this end, these principles will be refined, building on different international and regional events on electoral assistance, as part of GOVNET’s effort to improve donor support to domestic accountability in time for the 2011 High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.
The “First Roundtable on International Support for Elections: Effective Strategies and Accountability Systems" was jointly organised with the UN Electoral Assistance Division, UNDP, the European Commission, the UNDP-EC Task Force on Electoral Assistance, International IDEA and DFID. Guest speakers from the Electoral Commissions of Sierra Leone, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Commission Forum made concrete recommendations on ways to better support electoral processes and institutions.
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Draft Strategic Principles for International Support for Elections .
Aid and Domestic Accountability