The Project Components are as follow:
|Project Component 1:
||Improve electoral management capacities of EMBs
|Project Component 2:
||Consolidate lusophone EMBs within the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network and disseminate tools and methodologies on electoral management, in Portuguese
|Project Component 3:
||Enhance women’s (and young voters) participation and improve the capacity of parliaments and media to fulfil their role, particularly in relation to the electoral process.
The first component will account for approximately 65% of programmable resources; the second component for 15%; and the third component for 13% - UNDP will charge 7% of indirect costs (GMS). Approximately 38% of these resources are committed to transversal activities benefiting the PALOP and Timor Leste the same way; while 55% of the resources are committed to specific activities addressing specific needs in each one of the beneficiary countries.
- Strategic and operational planning;
- Cost assessment, budgeting and procurement plans;
- Voter registration (and links to civil registry);
- Transmission and verification of electoral results; and
- Electoral dispute resolution.
The project expects with these activities to enhance the PALOP and Timor Leste electoral management practices and contribute to establishing a platform of specialized electoral knowledge, comparative experience and documental resources.
- Translation and delivery of the BRIDGE training module in electoral administration in Portuguese Language;
- Production of face-to-face and e-learning Training Modules on Electoral Administration in Portuguese Language, and translation to Portuguese of existing literature on electoral assistance and electoral administration;
- Establishment of a roster of PALOP/TL electoral administration and/or assistance experts and a Unit for Electoral Support within the framework of the Forum of the Portuguese Speaking EMBs;
- Translation of the ACE Encyclopedia in Portuguese (www.aceproject.org).
Through these activities and expected results, the project aims to consolidate mainly PALOP and Timor Leste EMBs within the global network for electoral knowledge, provide and contribute to increase access to electoral knowledge and tools to PALOP and Timor Leste officials, experts and practitioners in general.
Also, through these set of activities, the project tries to reinforce its own sustainability by supporting the establishment of a roster of experts and an electoral unit within the framework of the Forum of the Portuguese Speaking EMBs.
This component will be implemented with the support of the Joint EC-UNDP Task Force on Electoral Assistance. The MoU setting out the principles of this support was signed between UNDP Guinea Bissau and UNDP Brussels Office in June 2010.
- Support national stakeholders to produce and implement a national strategy for Women’s and Youth development aiming to promote equal participation of women in the electoral process and political life;
- Prepare and carry out public information and awareness campaign and workshops (specifically targeting women and Youth) on voters’ and candidates’ rights and responsibilities;
- Capacity building of MPs, especially women, through regional parliamentarian networks/organizations;
- Strengthening Parliamentarians and parliament’s media relations skills as well as capacity building of the media working in relation to parliamentary affairs and on the parliament’s role and functions in the democratic process including in the electoral cycle;
- Support media professionalism and ethical standards' development, deontology and application of (voluntary) codes of conduct.
The project expects with these activities to increase participation among Women and Youth as voters and to enhance Women political access as candidates and electoral staff. The project also expects as well to strengthen media and Parliament/parliamentarians’ capacity to play a more effective role in electoral civic education.
This last set of results and activities addressing Civic participation, Media and Parliaments will contribute to maintain the project’s electoral assistance approach anchored in the broader democratic governance domain.