ODIHR / IPA II - Support to the follow-up of electoral recommendations in the Western Balkans



Contract partner: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in EuropeCountry: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 200.000,00Project start: 01.07.2017End: 31.12.2020

Short Description:

Overall goal


The assistance in Western Balkan Sates (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) to bring the conduct of elections closer in line with OSCE commitments and other international obligations and standards for democratic elections with the aim to enhance public confidence in electoral management bodies and key electoral processes is the aim of the project.


Expected results


1. The capacity of election management bodies to conduct elections in an administratively effective, politically impartial, and transparent manner is enhanced.

2. The accuracy of voter lists and voter registration processes is increased.

3. The knowledge and capacity of media regulatory bodies to regulate and monitor media conduct during elections, thereby contributing to a pluralistic and fair campaign environment, are improved.


Target group / Beneficiaries


Addressing electoral recommendations is complex and involves a variety of actors. These may include executive offices of the government for defining national policy, parliaments for legislative development, Electoral Management Bodies and other state agencies for elaborating administrative procedures, and non-state actors such as political parties, media and Civil Society Organisations in the review of internal policies and in the advocacy and monitoring of broader reforms. The estimated number of direct beneficiaries is 1260.

Women remain underrepresented in the electoral playing field in the targeted IPA II beneficiaries. The action will consider at each step how the process and outcomes of electoral reform will address potential shortcomings, and advocate for such measures that will promote gender equality in an electoral process and more broadly in public life.

In line with the OSCE/ODIHR’s (OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) established methodology, the action will also assess and promote the participation of national minorities, notably Roma, and persons with disabilities.


Activities


1. Inception Phase: Launch event at the regional level, Consultation and planning visits, Development of electoral recommendation database

2. Addressing electoral recommendations: Topical workshops, Provision of in-depth assistance, Organisation of mid-term review visits

3. Mobilizing support for electoral reform at the regional level, Review event at the regional level


Context


In the last two decades, the Western Balkans region has demonstrated notable progress towards adopting democratic norms and institutions, including with respect to the conduct of democratic elections. Notwithstanding, in the course of its recent election observation activities to the region, the OSCE/ODIHR has noted varied degrees of implementation of OSCE commitments and other standards for democratic elections, as well as cases of limited public confidence towards Electoral Management Bodies and key electoral processes. Although the Western Balkans have largely strengthened their legal frameworks in a manner that is accessible and aspires to respect OSCE commitments and international obligations in the letter of the law, several fundamental aspects continue to pose challenges.

project number8342-00/2017
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
tied
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.