EISA partnered with Reseau arc-en-ciel (RAC; ie Rainbow Network in English) to recruit and train citizen observers.
In November 2009, EISA's Elections and Political Processes, as part of it's support for civil society electoral initiatives, held a workshop for CSOs. The workshop was conducted by EISA, as a member of a joint partnership between International IDEA and other partners of the Network for Enhanced Electoral and Democratic Support (NEEDS) III project. The project aimed at training civil society actors from selected countries which are beneficiaries of the European Union (EU) electoral assistance.
The training focused on consolidating election observation methodology in line with international and regional standards and to improve civil society observers' capabilities through the development of a common approach in the recruitment and training of observers. The workshop was held in Dakar, Senegal, in November 2009 and was conducted for 23 representatives of CSOs from Central African Republic, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, DRC, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal and Togo.