GPECS: Scope and Strategy

Planning ahead – the electoral cycle

UNDP's electoral support is about much more than helping countries to hold elections – it is also about what happens in between. The GPECS sets out a harmonized and process-driven, rather than event-driven, approach to electoral support. It helps ensure that developing countries receive the support they need while offering donors a single window through which to invest strategically in elections and in deepening democracy.

The GPECS builds on empirical experience that lessons learned are best captured and applied in the post-election period, so that by the time the next voting day approaches, the systems and institutions in place are stronger, more democratic and more credible. This kind of support, over time, will ultimately decrease the need for international support.

The Programme's work at the global, regional and country levels and on gender is inter-dependent and mutually reinforcing. For example, country- and regional-level experiences in an area such as enhancing women's participation in electoral processes will be compiled, codified and fed into global policy guidance as relevant. Similarly, global initiatives on electoral standards or assessment methodologies will be pilot-tested at the regional and national levels before being further developed.