UNDP/EU Funding Agreement Signed in support of Democratic Empowerment in Tanzania
On the 13th of January 2014, in the presence of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) represented by the Chairman Honourable Justice Lubuva and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission represented by the Chairman Honourable Jecha Salim Jecha, the EU and UNDP signed a cooperation agreement that will contribute towards the ‘Democratic Empowerment Project ‘(DEP). Through this agreement, the EU is making available EUR 3.7 million (USD 5M) for a period of three years as part of a multi-donor basket fund managed by UNDP.
DEP was officially launched on the 12th of March 2013 jointly by UNDP and the government of the United Republic of Tanzania. The programme is a three year (2013-15) multi-donor joint initiative of the overall tune of USD 22.5 million (TSH 36.2 billion) to support fair and peaceful Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2015 as well as longer term political, financial and institutional sustainability of the electoral process.
The programme will offer financial, technical and operational support to the National and Zanzibar Electoral Commissions (NEC and ZEC) to conduct the upcoming electoral operations as well as the broader electoral governance system (such as the Registrar of Political Parties and the Judiciary) to promote legal and institutional reforms. Assistance will also be provided to for the electoral management bodies to promote voters education, foster democratic empowerment and citizens' participation, notably of women, youth and people living with disabilities, in political and electoral processes, as well as transparency and accountability. The project will also work closely with the police forces and communities to mitigate and resolve election-related conflicts, ensure the respect of human rights in the run up and conduct of the 2015 General Elections to enhance electoral security and integrity.
“UNDP appreciates the trust and the confidence that the EU has in us and we look forward to working with the EU and other development partners to support the Election Management Bodies towards the preparations for the 2015 general elections. This partnership builds on the existing partnership between the EU and the UNDP to support the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania work towards achieving its developmental results”, said Alberic Kacou, UNDP Resident Coordinator and UN Resident Coordinator.
H.E. Filiberto Ceriani Sebregondi, Ambassador to the European Union, stressed that “Democratisation, promotion of human rights and good governance are at the core of the European Union’s identity and constitute key objectives of its foreign, security and development policies. They are not only a moral imperative but also the best guarantors for stability and prosperity, which brings high dividends in terms of trade, security, economic and human development. By supporting the electoral process, the EU supports Tanzania long-term development objectives”.
The EU-UNDP partnership is committed to long-term, sustainable support to the democratic development in Tanzania through the full 5 year election cycle. This election cycle support approach is in recognition that free and fair elections are only one element of democratic development and practice.