What we did: We developed and presented a report on elections in Africa to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.

What we achieved: Enhanced the Peace and Security Council’s support for practices which foster inclusivity and accountability in electoral processes through shared experiences, lessons learned and best practices in elections, democracy and good governance. 

Who we did it with: United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO); the African Union’s Peace and Security Council; the African Union’s Department of Political Affairs

Impact area: Electoral Processes

Donor: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (UKFCDO)

Boundary partners: Regional organizations


Despite months of delay related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the African Union’s (AU) internal agenda issues, International IDEA succeeded in convening a meeting on 23 September 2021 to brief the AU’s Peace and Security Council on elections conducted in Africa between January and July 2021. 

The briefing report, drafted by an International IDEA-seconded expert and collaboratively reviewed, was presented by the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security to over 100 participants. They included Peace and Security Council members, representatives of AU member states and AU staff.

The report was well received and praised for its objectivity. Following the briefing and based on its recommendations, the Council issued a communiqué saying that it would now integrate preventive diplomacy missions in high-stake elections. It also condemned the upsurge of unconstitutional changes of government in Africa through military takeovers. The Peace and Security Council further mandated the AU Commission to convene an appraisal symposium to consider appropriate actions to address the political conditions that lead to unconstitutional changes of governments in Africa.