Project profile — Canadian Electoral Support Program in Latin America and the Caribbean


OAS - Organization of American States (47079)
2021-03-04 - 2024-02-26
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• America, regional (100.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (40.00%)
Elections (15151) (50.00%)
Media and free flow of information (15153) (5.00%)
Human rights (15160) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve enjoyment of human rights, including the poorest and most marginalized people, particularly women, in legitimate and transparent electoral processes that are aligned with international standards in Latin American and the Caribbean. The Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) aims to address two major challenges related to electoral processes; (1) strengthening the institutional capacities of electoral bodies to achieve more effective and inclusive administration of electoral processes; and (2) reinforcing the role of civil society in electoral processes and oversight, including women’s rights organizations. DECO supports the work of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) to implement electoral technical cooperation initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Project activities include: (1) Electoral Management Bodies training; (2) systematization of electoral observation missions’ recommendations; (3) workshops on disinformation practices; (4) civic education on women and girls’ participation in electoral practices; and (5) training sessions to civil society organizations on electoral observation methodologies.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved performance of electoral management bodies to better do their jobs while making it easier for women and the poorest, most vulnerable people to vote; (2) increased opportunities for individuals and civil society to equitably participate in oversight of electoral processes, particularly women’s rights organizations; and (3) improved awareness of approximately 120 electoral management bodies officials and legislative authorities; 230 women’s rights and civil society organizations, researchers, academics and university students; and 120 women (candidates, civil society members, election officials) on violence against women in electoral processes.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) reviewed 84 electoral observation methodologies reports to categorize 2600 recommendations on electoral organization, electoral technology, women’s political participation, participation of indigenous and afro-descendant communities, political financing, electoral justice, media, and electoral violence; (2) completed four technical cooperation projects with electoral management boards in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru with recommendations aiming to incorporate gender equality, better respond to disinformation issues in the electoral context, internet voting and electoral technology; (3) organized a workshop on electoral disinformation with 46 participants (26 women and 20 men) including civil society representatives and electoral officials across the Americas; (4) conducted a training on violence against women in electoral processes with 66 participants (47 women and 19 men); (5) held two trainings on electoral observation methodologies with civil society organizations from Brazil and Jamaica with 113 participants (83 women and 30 men); and (6) held eight meetings with the High-Level Group for strengthening women’s political participation with legislative and executive authorities from Dominican Republic along with civil society organizations to discuss the implementation of recommendations from previous Electoral Observation Missions on women’s political participation.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $600,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
12-10-2023 Disbursement $250,000
15-01-2024 Disbursement $250,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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