We are a Regional technology and capacity building hub for Southern Africa, working to facilitate the Implementation of the Election Situation Room (ESR) in countries scheduled to hold elections. An Election Situation Room (ESR) is a multi-stakeholder platform that brings together, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with common interest to collaborate on activities related to the elections process, collect and analyze information on a real-time basis and provide evidence based information on incidences that arise so that rapid response is effected, through the ESR network of stakeholders.
Setting up an ESR invariably involves setting up both short and long term projects, during which orientation, training, procurement of equipment and monitoring of current situation relating to the elections. Simultaneously, efforts have to made to ensure that partners can have easy access to ESR resources and materials such as training curriculum and frameworks for establishing IT platforms ahead of their due election date.
Our mandate therefore, is to support established and potential ESR partners in the SADC region, by building their capacity to implement an effective ESR and use technology as a tool to enhance the transparency and credibility of their electoral processes while at the same time, mobilizing their communities and citizens to actively participate in the respective countries’ democratic dispensation. This approach enables us to overcome a common challenge experienced in countries where the ESR model has previously been implemented, where stakeholders spend inordinate amounts of time on getting a common understanding about the ESR concept and consequently limit the amount of time spent on its actual implementation. Hence, we facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills well in advance to enable partners implement the ESR effectively and in turn impact on the quality and effectiveness of election monitoring in a more coordinated and comprehensive manner.