The ”Support to Consolidation of Democracy in Mozambique” is a five-year programme, which is funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Austrian Development Agency. The programme seeks to support consolidation of democracy by reinforcing the fairness, transparency and credibility of the electoral processes and strengthening capacities of the elected representatives and their democratic institutions. Interventions planned foresee to give support to the electoral cycles, also with a specific focus on gender participation.
The programme constitutes four interlinked components:
- Domestic observation. Support to appropriate domestic observation and dissemination of information are crucial to guarantee the fairness and credibility of electoral processes. The programme will support national/local organisations active in electoral observation.
- Civic/voter education. Citizens' participation is essential to build and sustain democracy. The programme proposes to fund activities planned by the Electoral Management Bodies and civil society associations to foster citizens' participation, particularly women's inclusion and inclusion of gender issues in the political parties' programmes.
- Electoral legislation reform. As identified by the previous European Union Election Observation Mission deployed in 2014 and considering the peace negotiation agreement, modifications to the electoral legislation are required. The programme will provide technical assistance and mechanisms to support a broadly accepted reform.
- Capacity building of newly elected representatives and their institutions/bodies. This component will reinforce the capacities of the newly elected members of the parliament at central, provincial and municipal level and will reinforce the capacities of the institutions/bodies giving support to the elected.