The Central African Republic project implemented by EISA, supported by the European Union, was officially launched on 10 March 2022 in Bangui. The launch was attended by the EISA Executive Director, Mr. Baidessou Soukolgue, the President of the national electoral authority (ANE), the Minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralisation and Local Development, and representatives of the 17 CSO members of the Arc-en-Ciel network, EISA's local partner. The European Union (EU) was represented by Jeroen M. Witkamp, the Head of the
cooperation section. Representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations, and representatives from civil society also attended the launch.
The ANE President, the Minister of Territorial Administration and the EU Head of EU Cooperation section underlined the importance of this project and the valuable contribution it would make on key aspects of the upcoming local election process. These include legal and institutional reforms for the improvement of the electoral law, measures to be taken for a greater participation of women and the youth and the dire need of civic and voter education etc.
The Executive Director of EISA thanked the EU for its support, and the stakeholders for their co-operation. He assured those in attendance that the project will build on EISA's strength and long experience in supporting institutional reforms, local elections process and the support to civil society groups across Africa.
The launch was followed by preparatory technical workshops on the contribution of the Arc-en-Ciel network and of the project to the CAR institutional and electoral reform process.