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Preparing to provide electoral assistance requires a series of assessments that analyse needs, capacities and risks. Well-prepared and thought-out assessments are crucial to creating programmes that respond fully to the national context and identify the most effective entry points for support.

A foundational needs assessment is done by DPA/EAD, in consultation with UNDP. Some country offices may find opportunities in this process to begin the groundwork for formulating a programme. Other assessments should build on the needs assessment. They entail examining capacities in the country and the UNDP office, and risks that may be encountered in implementing a programme.

What You'll Learn Here

You will find introductions to four basic types of assessments, with definitions of their functions and scope for electoral assistance. More details on how to conduct assessments are provided in accompanying tools.

Elections, Electoral, Electoral Cycle, Electoral Law, Voter registration, Civic Education, Voter Education, Public Outreach, Turnout, Voter, Political Party, Political Parties, Electoral Observation, Basket funds, Resource Mobilization, Fund Management, Electoral Procurement, Election Materials, UNDP, United Nations Development Programme, Implementation, Electoral Assistance, Partnership, Capacity Development, Needs Assessment, Risk Assessment, Terms of Reference, ToRs, Electoral Budget, Electoral Planning, Electoral Management Body, EMB, Project Development, Note of Guidance, Guidance, ACE Electoral Knowledge Network, ACE, BRIDGE, Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections, EC-UNDP Partnership, EC-UNDP Operational guidelines, Electoral Administration, Gender