Political Parties: Capacity building

Capacity building work is largely the responsibility of the Governance Institutions and Political Processes (GIPPS) department under its Political Parties Support Programme. The political parties capacity building activities are focused on ensuring that political institutions and processes are democratic and function effectively.

Poll-watcher training is mainly undertaken by Elections & Political Processes (EPP) department under its Support to political parties programme.

Training workshops cover thematic areas such as:

  • Gender representation in political parties;
  • internal organisation;
  • management and functioning of parties;
  • leadership qualities within political parties;
  • conflict and conflict management; as well as
  • poll watching; and
  • electoral reform.

Activities have been undertaken from the head office and the field offices in the countries below:

[Gender audit -> multiple countries
Gender & youth sensitive budgeting -> multiple countries]


CountryActivity area
AngolaCapacity buildingPoll watchingElectoral reform
BotswanaCapacity buildingPoll watching
BurundiCapacity buildingPoll watchingConflict management
CARElectoral reform
ChadCapacity buildingPoll watchingElectoral reformConflict mediators & Code of Conduct
Côte d'IvoirePoll watchingElectoral reform
DRCPoll watchingElectoral reform
EthiopiaCapacity buildingPoll watching
KenyaCapacity buildingPoll watchingElectoral reformConflict management
LesothoCapacity buildingPoll watchingInter-party & intra-party conflict
MadagascarCapacity buildingPoll watchingWomen, youth & conflict resolution
MalawiCapacity buildingPoll watching
MaliPoll watchingConflict mediators & Conflict Management Panels
MauritiusPoll watching
MozambiqueCapacity buildingPoll watchingElectoral reformConflict management
NamibiaCapacity buildingPoll watching
SomaliaCapacity buildingElectoral reform
South AfricaCapacity buildingElectoral reformElectoral reform (Moseneke Enquiry)
SudanCapacity building
SwazilandCapacity buildingPoll watching
TanzaniaPoll watching
ZambiaCapacity buildingPoll watching
ZimbabweCapacity buildingConflict management