The overall objective of the PEV-SADC project is contributing to the prevention of electoral conflicts and violence in the Southern African region and more specifically targeting the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe. This is done by supporting the Electoral Support Network of Southern Africa - ESN SA (formerly SADC-Electoral Support Network) which is the regional umbrella organisations regrouping the national networks of civil society organisations doing election observation in the SADC region. The project started on 6th February 2013 and is funded 75% by the European Union and 25% by ECES. Working on preventing every aspect of pre-electoral, electoral and post-electoral violence, the specific objectives outlined in this project are:
To develop the capacities of the ESN-SA member-organisations, especially in preventing electoral violence. This objective directly relates to the Needs Assessment Missions and the delivery of BRIDGE and LEAD training packages on a country by country basis.
To support the establishment and development of necessary functions within the ESN-SA platform of CSOs. It involves support to establishing an observatory of electoral violence prevention and creates tools to address this issue as well as supporting the network in general regarding expansion, relations with other stakeholders.
To promote research, communication, networking, and visibility of the ESN-SA, which is directly linked to the activities envisaged to develop and establish the website and the publication of research and findings from the NAMs. The aim is to make the network a visible and credible actor in regards of electoral processes in their area of operation and more efficiently address electoral violence.