Delegation of the European Union to Afghanistan

EuropeAid/161493/DD/ACT/AF - CSOs for fair, transparent and inclusive elections

14/12/2018 - 17:13

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Civil society has a crucial role to play in any electoral cycle. Afghan electoral civil society organisations (CSOs), including women's groups, are critical for providing information to electoral stakeholders but also for organising local remote observers during the elections, as both national and international observers are as crucial to enhance the credibility of the vote, as are inclusiveness and transparency. Hands-on experience over three electoral cycles coupled with international financial and technical support allows elections-focused CSOs to increasingly deepen their role in the electoral process.

This call wants to further the contribution to the overall democratic governance by ultimately funding activities at local level, in particular in districts and villages where possible. Actions will focus on building the capacities of Afghan CSOs, as well as supporting the coordination of their activities through existing CSOs coordination mechanism as the Civil Society Election Coordination Group (CECG).

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are as follows:

Firstly, to promote public participation and awareness of the Presidential and Provincial Councils election process, with specific focus on women and other marginalized groups of the population.

Secondly, to support coordination amongst CSOs on matters related to the inclusiveness, transparency and accountability of the electoral process and of elections day.

Thirdly, to build CSOs capacities on lessons learnt from previous electoral cycles.

The actions should focus on any or all of the three specific objectives, building on the CSOs achievements in the electoral arena to date and lessons learned from previous and current electoral cycles, and further strengthen current national coordination mechanisms by developing activities to meet all three objectives at district level, in particular through the use of sub-granting facilities to grassroots organisations. The actions should then concretely aim at coordinating and assisting Civil Society efforts in promoting fair, transparent, inclusive and regular elections and propose clear strategies and action plans as to how reach organisations at grassroots level. 

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