EISA strives to achieve its Vision and Mission, as formulated by its Board of Directors, and with the assistance of its donors, through innovative and trust-based partnerships throughout the African continent and beyond. EISA engages in mutually beneficial capacity reinforcement activities aimed at enhancing all partners' interventions in the areas of elections, democracy and governance.
Our services have continued to be sought after by national, sub-regional and continental partners well beyond the Institute's human capacity.
At national level EISA partners with electoral management bodies to reinforce their capacity for the delivery of transparent, credible and peaceful elections, and with political parties and civil society organisations to assess electoral processes in a credible and professional manner and/or contribute to electoral reform efforts. Capacity building of these stakeholders, as well as of parliaments and local government structures is also undertaken.
To facilitate these efforts field offices were opened for various lengths of time in countries as diverse as Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Through Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with regional bodies EISA seeks to contribute to improving election observation in an effort to promote credible democratic elections on the continent, as mandated by the various international and regional election benchmarks for the conduct and monitoring of elections.
EISA's technical assistance since 2007 has included supporting the inauguration and induction of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (EAC). Since signing a MoU with EAC EISA has trained and briefed SADC observers ahead of elections. EISA also has MoUs with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS, 2010; see also Central Africa regional office), the East African Community (EAC 2010), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS, 2016), the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR, 2017).
EISA has worked with the African Union Commission and the Pan African Parliament since 2003 and 2007 respectively.
EISA is also part of major global networks working on election assistance and support, including the United Nations' Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation Group (DOP), as well as an active member of the ACE Knowledge Network, the most reputable online information resource on all aspects of election administration.
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