In 2007 and 2008 EISA conducted political parties capacity building workshops in Sudan. As a result of the needs that became evident EISA opened an office in Khartoum in May 2008 to provide support in the run up to the scheduled elections. EISA also engaged in a conflict mapping exercise in order to develop a clear understanding of the nature, origin and possible prevention of electoral conflicts. Due to the delay in the elections, the EISA Sudan office was closed.
EISA reopened its field office in Sudan in October 2021 implementing a programme titled "Strengthening Electoral Stakeholders Capacity in Sudan" aiming to strengthen the capacity of the Sudanese electoral stakeholders during the transition period expected to lead the country to its first democratic elections post the 2019 revolution. EISA will provide support to two main beneficiaries of the programme namely the Sudanese Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the Sudanese Electoral Management Body.
The objectives of the programme are:
Under Objective 1, the Action will provide the necessary inputs to facilitate national citizen observation during the upcoming election period, including the deployment of Long-Term Observers (LTOs) and Short-Term Observers (STOs) across Sudan and support post-election monitoring.
Under Objective 2, the Action will provide targeted technical support to the Sudanese Election Management Body (EMB) by providing opportunities for EMB commissioners and key staff to undertake study tours, draw on best practices from other African EMBs, and engage with technical experts seconded by EISA to the EMB in support of institutional and procedural development within the EMB.
Under Objective 3, the Action aims to strengthen the capacity of the transitional structures through direct civil society capacity building. A strong and capable civil society will be a key determinant in the extent to which the post-election government is supported in its efforts to deepen democratic governance, promulgate laws that promote democratic governance and identify areas where shortcomings exist in the present legislative framework for review.
Mukenyi Badibanga - Country Director - mukenyi[at]eisa.org
37, Khartoum 2, Block 3/4/A, Khartoum, Sudan
Mobile: +249 92 403 6483 / +27 81 473 2121
EISA Sudan is funded by the European Union (EU) Delegation, Khartoum, Sudan.