Strengthening of the Democratic Process in Egypt
What is the project about?
The purpose of this project is to support national efforts to enhance the credibility and sustainability of electoral institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on capacity development and women’s empowerment. The project is expected to a) strengthen public outreach and voter information on the parliamentary elections; b) strengthen technical and operational capacity of national electoral authorities; c) incorporate lessons learned and best practices of the 2011 elections in the subsequent elections processes; and d) increase access of women and rural dwellers to their citizenship rights.
What have we accomplished so far?
- Professional voter campaigns have become an integral part of electoral operations in Egypt. A media campaign was produced in preparation for the 2012 parliamentary elections and the May 2014 presidential elections, focusing on the importance of updating voters’ information, and the necessary steps to proceed with the update.
- The capacity of electoral authorities to reach out to key stakeholders including the media during the prime time of the electoral processes was enhanced through assistance with core voter information products as well as advice on media relations.
- The project’s facilitation of exchanges of international experiences on key electoral topics led to a growing community of electoral authorities and stakeholders knowledgeable of international electoral standards. In order to enhance capacity of electoral stakeholders in view of the future Elections Management Body (EMB), workshops, conferences and study tours covered topics such as Electoral Dispute Resolution (EDR), role of EMBs in voter education, gender mainstreaming in electoral administration, and ICT in Electoral Administration. More than 20 country examples brought comparative experiences to the attention of electoral stakeholders and electoral authorities about options to tackle the design of the future EMB.
- To enhance gender awareness and knowledge about women participation in the electoral administration and in electoral processes, and in view of the establishment of the future electoral management body, the project organized several BBRIDGE Trainings, provided exposure to international experiences through holding an international conference on gender mainstreaming in electoral administration, and facilitated a study tour to the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa as well as to the annual conference of European EMBs in Romania.
- The project facilitated, through its series of roundtables and activities, discussions, knowledge and experience transfer among electoral stakeholders and electoral authorities. This contributed to the generation of useful recommendations for future processes.
- Development of an electoral lexicon in Arabic, English and French: Over 100 elections experts, practitioners and members of electoral commissions have participated in creating the Lexicon which was launched on 19 November 2014. The lexicon of 500 electoral terms will increase the understanding of the different use of electoral terms in the eight countries which have participated in the elaboration of the lexicon.
- Women’s Citizenship Initiative: As of December 2014, the Ministry of State for Administrative Development (MSAD) has registered 300,000 to receive IDs, and issued 158,686 IDs for rural women across 12 governorates.
Who finances this project?
Development Partners: Belgium, Norway, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Australia, Switzerland, Japan, and UNDP
Delivery in previous fiscal year
US$ 2,645,818.36 (2014)