Welcome to the website of the PEV-SADC project

This website welcomes you to the project in support of Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community (PEV-SADC). The project will be conducted in the SADC countries targeting civil society organisations over a period of two years. The overall objective is to prevent electoral violence in the Southern African Countries, through support to SADC-Electoral Support Network. These objectives are achieved through capacity building and the establishment of an Observatory on Electoral Violence in the SADC. The project is implemented by a consortium led by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) in partnership with Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the Southern African Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN). The project is funded by the European Union.

BRIDGE Gender and Elections Workshop in Botswana

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The European Centre for Electoral Support in partnership with EISA and SADC Election Support Network delivered a BRIDGE module in Gender and Elections together with the Botswana local partner, the womens organisation Emang Basadi. This training occasion took place 8 - 10 October 2014 at Cresta President Hotel in central Gaborone and is part of the regional training and research scheme in the frame of the Preventing Electoral Violence Project. No less than 24 participants from civil society, media and political parties together with the facilitators Rindai Chipfunde-Vava and Bridget Masuleke created a conducing learning environment by connecting the workshop to Botswana's electoral context where general elections will take place 24 October this year.

Key players participates in LEAD workshop, Mozambique

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The Mozambique partner of SADC Election Support Network, Osservatorio Eleitoral together with the PEV-SADC partners delivered a Leadership and Conflict Management training in Maputo last week, 15 - 19 September 2014. This training turned out to be the first occasion where several key players came together ahead of the general elections in Mozambique, planned end of November. ECES longstanding partner, Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) sent one of their senior leadership trainers, Alaide Dantas who teamed up with Alberto Nanja from Mozambique to carry this important training.

Leadership and Conflict Management Lusaka, Zambia 22 - 26 September

LEAD Zambia

The European Centre for Electoral Support with implementing partners EISA and SADC Election Support Network hosted a Leadership and Conflict Management Training (LEAD)for mainly the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), Police and Anti-Corruption Bureau. During the opening of the LEAD workshop, that falls under the PEV-SADC project umbrella, the European Unions Ambassador to Zambia, Mr Gilles Hervio spoke of the importance to focus on preventing electoral violence ahead of the 2016 tripartite elections in Zambia. He manifested the EU's commitment to support key players and among them also the Zambian civil society, in order to achieve a peaceful Zambia that has been rocked by violent event around by-elections.

An African Election

  • The film  “An African Election”, produced and directed by Jarreth Merz, documents the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana and is used in several project activities. It provides an unprecedented tool for inspiring and educating all electoral stakeholders in how a well-implemented electoral process can bring about peaceful power
    transitions and democratic continuity in situations that could otherwise have resulted in conflict.

Filming democracy in Ghana

  • Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Ghanaian filmmaker, and talks about his journey while filming the 2008 Ghanaian elections during the TED talks in Edinburgh. He is currently workinr
    on citizen sensitisation in Madagascar in the framework of the PACTE project and will be presenting in selected LEAD workshops in the SADC region.

Partner consortium

The project consortium consists of three partner organisations specialised in capacity building in the field of electoral-related violence in the SADC region: the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the Southern African Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN).