This project has been crafted to comply with the EU’s priorities and methodology for democracy and electoral support, and is based on the European Response to Electoral Cycle Support Strategy (EURESC) designed by the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) consortium’s led by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES).
The project is construed to deliver support to implement the recommendations of the EU Election Observation Missions (EUEOM) to Jordan, and draws on the lessons learned from project funded by the EU and EU-members states implemented in Jordan by members of the EPD Consortium, notably the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WfD), the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and the French Agency for Media Cooperation (CFI). Moreover, this project is informed by the lessons learned and accumulated experience of the EPD Consortium from having delivered more than 200 democracy and electoral support projects in 150 countries.
The action is fully in line with the five strategic areas of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019, and the call to “strengthen long term planning and integrated deployment of all aspects of EU and Member State support to the electoral cycle, by exploring innovative aid delivery mechanisms”. It addresses all the sectors and requirements stated in the guidelines for applicants, and mainstream home-grown Jordanian priorities as well, especially as illustrated by King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, in the two latest Discussion papers “Rule of law and civil state” (16 October 2016) and “Goals, achievements and conventions: pillars for deepening our democratic transition” (13 September 2014).
The final beneficiaries will be the Jordanian population in general, including women and youth, thought to benefit from reinforced democratic institutions more effective service delivery and systematized institutional performance. The project is built to bolster public involvement in political life, especially amongst under-represented groups, and as such, will empower public oversight of elected institutions and their outputs, hence contributing to improve the accountability of national institutions.