Programming design and planning begins during the assessment stage, or once it is complete. It should take on board the full range of information collected during assessments, but may also involve further consideration of the context of the election and the factors influencing it, such as relationships between existing institutions, the legal framework, existing professional capacities and the level of political stability. Certain basic considerations may apply depending on whether a country is stable, in transition or in a post-conflict phase.
Timing is important for electoral assistance for a variety of reasons, including to match interventions with the electoral cycle and to ensure appropriate operational supports are in place. Key stakeholders will play different roles, but should be involved from the start because they can contribute valuable information and back implementation. Budgets with realistic timetables for activities and expenditures should be in place. At the same time, in post-conflict countries in particular, the timeline is often established by other international actors and not always with the electoral context in mind.
What You'll Learn Here
This section of the Toolkit walks you through the basic stages of creating an electoral assistance programme. It provides a general indication of common entry points and some useful resources, although these should always be considered within the context of an individual election and the overall electoral cycle.