Managing assistance in support of political and electoral processes

Managing assistance in support of political and electoral processes

Handbook on donor assistance for elections

Practical manual aiming to help development agency field officers anticipate and effectively deal with the myriad issues and challenges that arise as they design and manage election assistance programs in transitional environments. It guides users through a series of key steps: defining the problem and assessing contextual factors, identifying stakeholders and their motives, selecting options for assistance, linking those options to the mission strategy, and managing electoral assistance. It is suggestive rather than directive, in recognition that, while there exists a certain “conventional wisdom” about elections programming drawn from years of experience, the number of variables involved precludes a “one size fits all” approach.

Focuses on USAID programme officers, but of wider donor interest

Looks at:

  • problem definition and assessment of the context for assistance
  • the objectives of elections assistance: who is looking for assistance and why
  • the problem of defining and assessing options for assistance: framework plus approaches and options for local and post-elections assistance
  • issues arising from the broader donor environment
  • contextual management issues, covering such elements as capacity for management of election assistance activity, timing of assistance, cooperation with other U.S. agencies, management of implementing partners, and donor coordination
  • overview of tools for electoral assistance, comparative assistance options based on context, and essential political party functions and associated skills

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