EPP: Citizen observation in Rwanda


Rwandan Electoral Support Network launched

As part of the final phase of its civil society support programme in Rwanda, EISA facilitated the official launch of the Rwanda Electoral Support Network (RESN), composed of Ligue des Droits de la Personne des Grands Lacs, Action pour le Développement du Peuple (ADEPE) and Association des jeunes pour la promotion des Droits de l'Homme (AJPRODHO). This event marked the first step towards the official registration of the network. The establishment of RESN stemmed from the need for a harmonised CSO approach to engaging the electoral context through research, advocacy and election observation in Rwanda. With EISA's support, RESN convened a post-election review meeting as its first official activity in May 2014. The post-election review meeting was held in Kigali and was attended by representatives of civil society groups and the Rwanda Governance Board. Participants at the review meeting highlighted the need for civil society to engage in electoral reforms ahead of the 2017 presidential elections.


Rwandan Civil Society Organizations Supported

May-Nov 2009

Subsequently to the agenda of the EU funded project, EISA provided technical support to three groups of national and regional civil society organizations (CSOs) in Rwanda. The project sought to contribute towards the integrity of the September parliamentary elections in Rwanda. This was achieved through the conduct of professional citizen elections, whereby EISA supported a group of 205 citizen observers drawn from selected organizations.

Technical support was provided through the implementation of an EISA technical team in the joint citizen observer group.

Workshop on a common approach in election observation in Africa

Aug 2009

EISA held a training workshop on election observation for representatives of CSOs from Africa. Participants were drawn from Rwanda, Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia. The objective of the workshop was to ensure that African CSOs gradually develop a common approach in election observation as well as to ensure that electoral observation in Africa has a real impact on the democratic development agenda.

The workshop took place in August 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. By the end of the training, participants indicated that they had gained a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the value of EISA's election observation methodology.

Workshop for CSOs
Workshop on the recruitment and training of observers

May 2009

In May 2009, EPP held a workshop for CSOs conducted by EISA, as a member of a joint partnership between International IDEA and other partners of the Network for Enhanced Electoral and Democratic Support (NEEDS) III project. The project aimed at training civil society groups from selected countries that are beneficiaries of the European Union (EU) electoral assistance.

The training focused on consolidating election observation methodology in line with international and regional standards and to improve domestic observers' capabilities through the development of a common approach in the recruitment and training of observers. The workshop took place in May 2009 in Randburg, South Africa, and was conducted for representatives of CSOs involved in citizen observation in their respective countries from Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.