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.

Assessment Mission in Angola 21 - 26 July


In the framework of the PEV-SADC Project, ECES' experts Fabio Bargiacchi, ECES Executive Director and PEV-SADC Project Director and Eliane Torres, PEV-SADC Senior Capacity Building Advisor are currently conducting a Planning and Assessment Mission (NAM) in Angola between 21 - 26 July 2014. The mission, which is the last to be completed among the 14 beneficiary countries in the SADC region, has the main objective to assess the state of play of Angola's electoral climate and the work that civil society organisations are engaged in vis-a-vis other key players.

Research and Data Collection on ERV

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To date there has been no systematic data gathering on electoral violence and conflict, although some of the SADC countries have collected ample accounts (South Africa and DRC) in a less systematic manner. Most SADC countries have clear provisions in their legal frameworks to identify and hold perpetrators of electoral violence responsible.

Gender equality matters: our approach

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The importance of women and men's equal participation in politics has been stressed in several international conventions and UN resolutions. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the most comprehensive international document that brings to light areas in which women are disproportionally treated in political and public life.

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).