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Approach: AHEAD

AHEAD Africa

This pan-African project focuses on multiple facets of the electoral cycle in the continent. It aims to empower civil society across Africa, including citizen observers, in strengthening electoral systems and processes, so as to contribute to higher levels of electoral integrity in African Union member states. 

The underlying methodology of the Action is the AHEAD approach – Action for a Holistic Electoral Approach for Democracy – which emphasises that follow-up to election observation recommendations can be a key driver for more inclusive electoral systems, building public trust and preventing conflicts. By focusing on ‘electoral follow-up’, civil society can effectively advocate for democratic accountability and play a significant role in fostering transparent and accountable electoral processes.

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Funded by the European Union

This will be done by:

  • strengthening the capacities of CSOs to collaborate in regional and continental networks on matters of democratic governance, particularly on election observation and follow-up;
  • reinforcing the capacity of domestic citizen observer groups to meaningfully observe electoral and democratic processes;
  • increasing the evidence base on the state of democratic governance and civic space in the African Union member states;
  • reinvigorating spaces for dialogue, coordination and collaboration on electoral observation and follow-up, between CSOs, citizen observers and other stakeholders;
  • launching, accelerating and upscaling civic initiatives on monitoring, observation, dialogue and/or advocacy, incorporating tested civic tech solutions as needed.
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AHEAD Liberia

This project aims at fostering a more inclusive and transparent democracy in Liberia. Based on EPD’s specific AHEAD approach – Action for a Holistic Electoral Approach for Democracy – to work holistically on electoral components to promote wider democratic reforms, it focuses on supporting the institutional capacity of the Liberian National Election Commission (NEC) in engaging with all stakeholders engaged in the country’s 2023 elections. The project is carried out in complementarity with the UNDP-led support to the NEC.

It mainly aims to:

  • Enhance the overall NEC capacity of implementing more regular and transparent communication mechanisms for political parties, CSOs, key electoral actors and strategic partners; and
  • Facilitate a steady information flow for the wider stakeholder community through regular information mechanisms.  
Funded by the European Union