Under the leadership of the ECES, who is overall responsible for the implementation of the project, ECES and will implement the project in a true and collaborative fashion. Through the establishment of a joint Project Team, the partners will build on each others’ comparative advantages to maximizing the results and outputs. Key to the collaborative efforts are the way in which two teams have been established comprising both international (ECES) and local experts, one team – the Capacity Development (CD) team – responsible for the implementation of results 1 and 2, and the other team – the Elections and Conflict Management (ECM) team – responsible for the implementation of activities under results.
The main target group of the project are the ESN-SA, formerly SADC-ESN network. At the country level, close collaboration is initiated with the ESN-SA member organisations. Each organisation have a Project Focal Point to serve as the link between the Project and activities on the ground. The member organisations is heavily consulted during the capacity assessment exercise to ensure that the Project is geared towards targeting the specific knowledge gaps of these organisations and their partners working to promote peaceful electoral processes. Notably, other CSOs working to promote peaceful electoral processes in the SADC region are also involved as participants in workshop and training activities and benefit extensively from it’s capacity development initiatives. Also, they form a valuable source of input to data collection and research activities.
ECES attaches particular importance to transparency, namely regarding financial management of the project. In line with the regulations of its donors, ECES underwent several internal verifications of expenses for PEV-SADC project. The project already had successfull audits, namely with KPMG for the period from february 2013 to January 2014, with Delta Audit for the period from February 2014 to October 2014 and the period November-December 2014.