The PRISME project was officially launched at the EISA office on July 23,2021 where the project and beneficiaries were introduced to the media and through the media, to electoral stakeholders. The launch also provided an opportunity to publicise the aims and objectives of the projects and introduce the network beneficiaries. Six focal points representing six of the eight organisations and three EISA staff engaged with the respective journalists who represented a radio station, a television network, an online network and newspaper.
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For an overview of the key activities please check the EISA DRC facebook page.
12 - 14 Jul
From 12 to 14 July EISA organised a strategic planning workshop with beneficiaries held at Mbuela Lodge in Kisantu, in Kongo-central province, to plan for the development and production of monitoring tools to advocate for electoral reforms. The workshop was attended by 17 people from the 8 beneficiaries - 2 per platform, including three women. In addition to the strategic objective of the workshop, the sessions covered areas such as the evaluation of advocacy for the reform of the electoral commission law, the planning of advocacy for the reform of the electoral law, identification of themes to be included in the communication plan, and the organisational structure of PRISME. The workshop successfully developed a roadmap for going forward.
EISA prepared and shared the PRISME launch report dated June 2021 which outlines implementation of the project. The report, which covers the period from March 1 to May 31, 2021, presents the challenges and constraints that EISA has faced in facilitating the network start-up, outlines the objectives and main activities of the project, reviews the activities carried out up to the end of May 2021 and the organisational structuring of the project.
It should be noted that initially SYMOCEL's refusal to join PRISME created some concern from donor. Of particular concern was that the identified CSOs may wish to show solidarity with SYMOCEL and thus leave the project. However, this concern was addressed on June 16, 2021, when His Excellency, the Ambassador of the EU to the DRC, with the governance team of the Delegation, organised a courtesy working breakfast at the Ambassador's residence to welcome the confirmed beneficiaries of the new project. The breakfast meeting was attended by the heads of the beneficiary organisations, who had the opportunity to present their analysis and good understanding of the challenges to be addressed by the project and the country as a whole. This meeting served to reassure the EU and ultimately boosted the engagement of the beneficiaries and the project team.
4 - 8 May 2021
From May 4 to 8, the EISA project team organised site visits to each of the selected CSOs led by EISA team leader confirming them as beneficiaries of the PRISME project. The project team also provided more details on the project, its global budget and the possibility of a "PROCEC III" by 2023.. The meetings also described the project implementation strategy and responded to queries and concerns raised. The project team shared the draft partnership agreement that they will sign with EISA and the draft of the Code of Conduct
For the viability of the project, EISA drafted documents to govern the relations between the project stakeholders, namely the Partnership Agreement, the Code of Conduct for PRISME beneficiary organisations and the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between each beneficiary and the EISA. Partnership Conventions (Agreements) were signed by the Project Manager of each beneficiary organisation. The Code of Conduct is still to be signed.
EISA also supported Dynamics in developing a framework to identify and select the organisations to work with in the implementation of the new project. This framework included a questionnaire sent to potential members who could be interested in and could add value to the PRISME `project. EISA received 19 responses electronically to the 23 preselected organisations (including SYMOCEL, EISA's PROCEC project partner and its 11 member organisations). Of these, 16 organisations confirmed their willingness to participate in PRISME. SYMOCEL opted not to join as their expectation was that they would be the lead partner.