Annual progress report 2015: Regional electoral and support project Middle East and North Africa
The Regional Electoral Support Project for Middle East and North Africa, the Arab States component of UNDP’s Global Project for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS)1 , implemented its activities in 2015, engaging and supporting entities and initiatives that promote democratic institutions, raise public awareness and knowledge on democratic policies and practices, and strengthen regional cooperation in these areas. With support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the project continued to focus on the following main outputs: strengthening regional cooperation; enhancing regional knowledge and know-how on electoral issues; and promoting the greater and more effective role of women and youth in the electoral process. The Project saw significant achievements and contributions towards the enhancement of credibility, inclusivity, effectiveness and sustainability of electoral processes and institutions in the MENA region. This report documents those achievements, highlighting the Project’s interventions in 2015, the challenges and lessons learnt and reporting against the outputs and indicators established in the project document.