EPP: Support to the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)

ICGLR Memorandum of Understanding ceremony: EISA Executive Director, Denis Kadima (right), and ICGLR Deputy Executive Secretary, Ambassador Vincente Muanda.

A Memorandum of Understanding between ICGLR and EISA was signed in 2017 with aim of strengthening their institutional relations in their efforts to promote democracy and good governance through credible elections, as mandated by the Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, as well as relevant international and regional election benchmarks for the conduct and monitoring of elections.

EISA's work with ICGLR has ranged from developing a framework for democracy deepening methology, through strenghtening election observation to women's participation in electoral processes.

2019 Women in electoral processes & election observation methodology

Regional workshop on women in electoral processes

Nov 2019

The Head of EPP attended a regional workshop on women's participation and representation in the Great Lakes Region from 12-13 November 2019 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa where she participated in a panel on women's representation in election management in the Great Lakes region. She also led the drafting of the final outcome document. The workshop was jointly organised by the African Union, office of the UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes and the ICGLR.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide a platform to discuss the low participation of women in electoral processes and its root causes; protection of women's rights throughout the electoral cycle; preventive and capacity strengthening measures to achieve the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in electoral processes. Participants at the workshop sought EISA's support to conduct a gender audit of election authorities within the region and advocacy on the adoption of gender policies by EMBs.

Technical meeting on election observation methodology

Nov 2019

EISA and ICGLR held a bilateral technical expert meeting on 5 and 6 November 2019 in Lusaka, Zambia. The expert meeting, the first of its kind, brought together technical staff from the ICGLR Secretariat and representatives of ICGLR thematic forums such as the Parliamentary forum, Women's forum, Youth forum and Civil Society forum. Through this meeting, EISA sought to support the ICGLR in the development of a more harmonised and systematised cycle-based election observation methodology that is in line with the Declaration of Principles (DoP) for International Election Observation; and to strengthen the ICGLR in its democracy-support initiatives in its Member-States through comprehensive cycle-based election assessment.

The meeting provided a platform for EISA to engage ICGLR technical staff on the ICGLR's election assessment approach as well as to make relevant recommendations for revamping its election assessment methodology in line with the ICGLR's commitments as an endorser of the DoP.

Participants at ICGLR Thematic Workshop in Bujumbura

2018 Thematic workshop on democracy and elections

14-15 Aug 2018

EISA co-facilitated a methodology and peer-learning workshop titled 'ICGLR's Thematic Focus on Democracy and Elections' on 14 and 15 August. Participants were drawn from ICGLR, AU, the East African Community (EAC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the European Union, EISA, the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division, Embassy of Germany, ECOWAS and civil society groups.

The workshop sought to examine the ICGLR's framework for promoting democracy within the Great Lakes region. It provided a platform for a review of the ICGLR's current programme strategy and the development of a plan of action for enhancing the output of its Democracy and Good Governance Programme. Because there is an overlap between ICGLR and other regional intergovernmental bodies such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, EAC, SADC and ECCA, the need to harmonise election observation approaches within the region was intensively debated throughout the workshop.

As part of its efforts to strengthen the ICGLR's election observation methodology EISA facilitated the endorsement of the Declaration of Principles (DoP) for International Election Observation. ICGLR's endorsement of the DoP will expose it to the wider community of practice on election observation and promote peer learning within the community to further strengthen the methodology.

2017 MOU signed

31 July 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding between the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and EISA was signed at a ceremony on 31 July 2017 at the Head office of the ICGLR in Bujumbura, Burundi. ICGLR was represented by its Deputy Executive Secretary, Ambassador Vincente Muanda, and EISA by its Executive Director, Denis Kadima. The aim of the MOU is to establish a partnership with the aims of strengthening their institutional relations in their efforts to promote democracy and good governance through credible elections.