Democracy is not inevitable and can be difficult to achieve and maintain. Elections are a core process within a democracy and provide opportunities for important debate on the future of a country.
Credible electoral processes increase the legitimacy of political institutions and can improve levels of trust in elected representatives. How transparent an election is, depends on the voting process on election day as well as how inclusive and representative the process is more broadly.
WFD’s new approach focuses on long-term change and will engage partners at all phases of the electoral cycle: before, during and after the election period. By using our unique resources and experience with parliaments, political parties and electoral management bodies, our programmes enhance the integrity and credibility of electoral processes in selected countries worldwide. Our work will be structured around the different actors at all stages of the electoral cycle: election management bodies, civil society organisations, political parties, the executive, judiciary as well as legislative institutions.
Electoral programmes will focus on: implementing recommendations from election observation reports, supporting the mitigation of conflict related to elections, helping to establish inclusive mechanisms to engage people in elections through education and legislation, preventing violence against women in elections and by conducting research on electoral reform
Initiating a constructive conversation among core groups and supporting agents for democratic reform through WFD country teams will be the main approach. This includes engaging with regional networks and supporting south-south cooperation.