Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

AEGEE Election Observation

Creators

Who is behind this?

Nuno Loureiro

AEGEE-Europe

http://www.aegee.org

Belgium

Who is joining forces?

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

http://www.osce.org/odihr

Poland


The observation missions are organized in cooperation with several local partners. From the AEGEE local/national antennas, to civil society and international organizations: we try that all pitch in in order to ensure meeting space for debriefings, free/low cost accommodation for the observers, interpreters, i.a.

Idea Sketch | Proposal

Proposal

Idea pitch

AEGEE Election Observation is an independent European youth initiative organizing Election Observation Missions (OMs) in Europe. In doing so, we aim to:
1. contribute to the transparency and integrity of elections;
2. assess the engagement and involvement of young people in electoral processes and communicate our findings;
3. train and engage young people in election observation, increasing their capacity to act as democratic citizens;
4. build a European network of young people.

Where will your idea take place?

Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

The challenges AEGEE Election Observation wants to address are:
1- An increasing disillusion of European youth towards the democratic process, by involving them as actors in one of its best materializations: elections.
2- The lack of attention the political groups demonstrate towards real youth issues, by reporting on how youth is being involved in the democratic process as a whole.
3- A lack of data and information on how youth is engaged in democracy.

What is your impact?

We aim to:
1. contribute to the transparency and integrity of elections;
2. assess the engagement and involvement of young people in electoral processes and communicate our findings, in order for policy-makers and other stakeholders to take action (advocacy component of our activities);
3. train and engage young people in election observation, increasing their capacity to act as democratic citizens;
4. build a European network of young people, based on a common vision for a shared future

How do you get there?

1- Organizing trainings for young observers (potentially, in Ruhr, Germany, given the presence of well-established AEGEE partners in the region)
2- Conducting election observation missions
3- Producing a report for each observation mission, to be distributed to relevant stakeholders and decision-makers

What is your story?

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Who are you doing it for?

The main targets of our activities are three:
1- Young Europeans, by involving them in the observation missions
2- The political class, by calling them to act on youth issues
3- The civil society as a whole, by providing them with evidence on how youth is being involved in democracy and how

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our idea is different from others because it directly brings democracy to young people, by involving them in one of the most concrete expressions of democracy (election processes). Hopefully, we bring young people back to democracy as well.

€ 49500,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 100000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Our budget is exclusively comprised of reimbursements to volunteers who participate in the project. Specific budget items include: accommodation, travel, per diems (for local expenses, i.e. local transportation and meals). Other expenses include the rental of meeting rooms for 1 team meeting and for debriefings with volunteers during the election observation mission. A tentative outline would be 1 mission = ~17,000 EUR, 1 training = ~11,000 EUR, and 1 team meeting = ~4,000.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We firmly believe that unity makes strenght- therefore your suggestions, ideas and contributions are always welcome.

Team

AEO

Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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