ERIS launches global campaign finance monitoring project

December 2012

ERIS is launching a project funded by the European Union and the Department for International Development seeking to monitor campaign spending by political parties, through the training of civil society organisations.

This project aims to train over 800 civil society activists across five countries (Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Indonesia, Bolivia and Moldova) so that they can monitor campaign spending by political parties in their respective pre-election periods and in particular assess the possible abuse of incumbency by ruling political parties. The project will be implemented in partnership with local NGOs in these countries over the course of 18 months.

                        

An initial assessment phase will evaluate the situation on the ground and design a tailored programme for context-specific training in each country. Training will be led by international experts and will train Political Finance Resource Officers along with Long and Medium Term Observers. In the post-training phase the project will focus on generating wide public awareness of the abuse of incumbency. Political parties and other electoral stakeholders will be made aware of the detrimental impact that it has on the democratic process and building a democratic culture. Additionally, the general public, through the work of the trained activists, will be more knowledgeable about the importance of non-corrupt political finance.

The project will also set up an online collaborative platform to promote knowledge sharing and mutual collaborative learning among partner organisations across the five countries and produce a publication for an international audience to provide practical examples and guidance in designing and training for effective campaign monitoring for other countries.