UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme is pleased to inform that registration is open for the new course on the Electoral Security Framework. The course results from the collaboration between UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme and Creative Associates International.
 
Electoral security is vital to the consolidation of democratic institutions in many countries. Even in stable political environments, elections can fall victim to conflict. Although the problem is global in scope, electoral conflict and its root causes, profiles and intensities differ in each country context. If programming is not undertaken to prevent, manage or mediate electoral conflict, then elections risk becoming venues for violence and intimidation, where conflict is employed as a political tactic to influence electoral outcomes. The importance of this issue extends beyond the electoral process alone, as the legitimacy of the resulting government is also at risk in situations where conflict has been employed to achieve governance. 
 
The goal of the Course is to discuss how programming can more consistently and effectively address the causes, manifestation, and consequences of election violence. The course is based on the Electoral Security Framework, developed by Creative Associates International for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a diagnostic instrument that profiles electoral conflict so that programme strategies and activities can be developed to prevent, manage or mediate this conflict.
 
The core areas of the Electoral Security Framework will be delivered to participants in the following modules:
  • Introduction to electoral security
  • Electoral security assessment
  • Electoral security planning
  • Electoral security programme planning, and
  • Electoral security monitoring and evaluation.
The course addresses the audiences of military, police, and civilian members of peace operations, who possess a mandate to administer, certify, assist, or observe the conduct of elections. The course is designed to be interactive and participatory. At the end of the course, participants are expected to gain deep insights into how to ensure a secure electoral system, possess knowledge of the causes and impacts of electoral insecurity on national development as well as the capacity to prevent, manage or mediate electoral conflict.

For more information about the course, please visit the Electoral Security Framework course page.