The EC-UNDP joint trainings and workshops are built around accumulated knowledge and best practices in delivering joint electoral assistance. The goal of these joint events is to promote a common vision of electoral assistance, learn about the latest trends in elections, share best practices and bring together the practitioners from around the world. The JTF organizes several types of trainings and workshops, including:
- Thematic workshops – These week-long workshops are the flagship events of the JTF, bringing together more than 200 participants, including members of the EMBs, renown experts in the field of elections, civil society organizations, as well as EC and UNDP representatives. The workshops are organized annually or every two years, each time in a different location and with a specific thematic focus.
- Each event is followed by a summary report (see the publications) of the discussions and sometimes, an online course (see our eLearnings). The reports and online courses are available, free of charge, in several languages including English, French, Arabic and Portuguese. The most recent workshop was held in Jordan in 2014. The subsequent event, scheduled for April 2015 in Nepal, unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a devastating earthquake. The next workshop is expected in November 2017 (the exact date, location and topic will be announced shortly).
- Trainings for EC and UNDP staff members – These events are organized on a regular basis, most often in Brussels, and bring together the EC and UNDP staff members from the HQ (Brussels and New York) and the field (EU Delegations and UNDP Country Offices). The trainings are structured around the EC and UNDP partnership framework, including the recently updated Guidelines on Electoral Assistance, and provide the participants with an in-depth understanding of the structure, rules and priorities of the two organizations. The most recent two-day training was held in November 2016 in Brussels (See final report).
- Project kick-off trainings – Under the recently revised EC-UNDP Guidelines on Electoral Assistance, the JTF has the mandate to organize joint “kick-off” trainings at the inception stage of all joint EC-UNDP electoral assistance projects. These trainings, held in-country by the JTF members deployed from Brussels, are intended for the EU Delegation and UNDP Country Office staff dealing directly or indirectly with the project, including management, communication, finance, administration and procurement departments. Each training is tailored to the specific needs of the participants and covers specific topics such as reporting, visibility, staff recruitment and budget rules.