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ELECTIONS OBSERVATION AND EARLY WARNING TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR Civil SOCIETY ACTORS IN COTE DIVOIRE

ELECTIONS OBSERVATION TRAINING WORKSHOP EVALUATION REPORT

9-11 November, 2009- Abidjan, Cote dIvoire


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TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Overall Course Delivery 3. Course Content 4. Recommendations on How the toolkit can be Improved 5. Course Duration 6. Assessment of Resource Persons 7. Strategies to Replicate Training 2 3 4 7 7 7 7

1. INTRODUCTION
The West Africa Civil Society Institute in collaboration with the Convention de la Socit Civile Ivoirienne (CSCI) supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa( OSIWA) are organising a specialised training workshop on Election observation and Early warning for 25 civil society actors in Cote dIvoire. The overall objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of civil society actors to contribute to pre and post election management processes.

2. OVERALL COURSE DELIVERY Areas of Assessment


1. Training of Trainers Workshop Objectives 2. Course Materials 3. Course Delivery 4. Workshop Methodology (lectures, discussions and exercises)

Percentage Rating Outcomes of Participants Very Satisfied


41% 59%

Satisfied
0%

Not Satisfied

No Total response 0% 100%

14% 50% 45%

59% 50% 55%

0% 0% 0%

27% 0% 0%

100% 0% 100%

PARTICIPANT EXPLANATIONS FOR RESPONSES 1. Elections observation and Early warning Workshop Objectives The training was lively and practical to the trainees It strengthened their capacity on Elections observation and particularly on early warning ; IT highlighted the weakness of the civil society in Cote DIvoire on Identifying conflict proned. The Exercise of the workshop enabled the participants to locate conflict proned zone The workshop was transformational, educative and facilitates replication. It enabled the participants to design a code of conduct for political activist of Cote dIvoire The original methodology was educative, practical

2. Course Materials The training toolkis were given to the participants at the end of the training; Based on the presentation of the resource persons, the translation of some specific terms need to be considered carefully The copy of on CD of the directory was distributed to each participant.

3. Course Delivery The resource persons were dynamic and used participatory approach in delivering their courses ; Working in groups was very helpful because it gave the opportunity to the participants to practice what they have learnt Open debate helped to clarify the understanding of the participants and experiences sharing. Time was not controlled because of opening and closing ceremony

4. Workshop Methodology The blend of lectures, discussions and exercises facilitated a better understanding of the complexities of Elections observation and early warning; The exercises were very revealing, engaging and educative; The discussions facilitated peer learning and knowledge sharing; and The participants were given the opportunity to ask questions and share their individual experiences.

3. COURSE CONTENT Topics Covered Percentage Rating Outcomes of Participants Very useful, May be useful May not be useful
1- What Is A EWS?

No Total response 4,50% 100%

86,50%

9%

0%

Indicators

Of An EWS 68% 54,50% 77% 27,50% 41% 23% 0% 0% 0% 4,50% 4.5% 0% 100% 100% 100%

2- What to monitor? 3-How to respond? 4-Report writing

5- The Role Of CSOs In 78% Early Warning And Early Response

22%

0%

0%

100%

Elections Observation
6 Understanding of 54,50% Elections observation 7- Election Observation 77% As Conflict Prevention Mechanism 8- Guidelines For Ethical 50% And Professional Election Observation 9- What To Observe And How To Observe? 59% 10Reporting Observation The 68% 36,50% 23% 0% 0% 9% 0% 100% 100%

50%

0%

0%

100%

41% 32%

0% 0%

0% 0%

100% 100%

10-Civil society and election observation 45% 11-Elections 48% Management: The Ghanaian Experience

55% 52%

0% 0%

0% 0%

100% 100%

Topics Covered

Percentage Rating Outcomes of Participants Very satisfied Satisfied with Not satisfied this topic
91% 9% 0%

No Total response 0% 100%

1- What Is A EWS?

Indicators

Of An EWS 78% 78% 69 86% 22% 22% 31 14% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 10% 100 100%

2- What to monitor? 3-How to respond? 4-Report writing 5- The Role Of CSOs In Early Warning And Early Response

Elections Observation
6 Understanding of 59% Elections observation 7- Election Observation 63.50% As Conflict Prevention Mechanism 8- Guidelines For Ethical 59% And Professional Election Observation 9- What To Observe And How To Observe? 40% 10Reporting Observation The 18,5% 36% 32% 4,50% 4,50% 0% 0% 100% 100%

32%

9%

0%

100%

55,5%

4,5%

0%

100%

77% 77%

4,5% 0%

0% 0%

100% 100%

10-Civil society and election observation 23% 11-Elections 91% Management: The Ghanaian Experience

9%

0%

0%

100%

4. RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW THE TOOLKIT CAN BE IMPROVED 1. The translation of the key terms should be translated with precision in the toolkit 5. COURSE DURATION Percentage Rating Outcomes of Participants Too Long Too Short About Right
18% 9% 73%

6. ASSESSMENT OF RESOURCE PERSONS


1. The resource persons were well-versed with their various subject areas; 2. The resource persons were able to articulate the various training modules in a clear, concise and contextual manner; 3. The high level of engagement and quality of discussions were as a result of the facilitation and training competencies of the resource persons; and 4. The resource persons provided an adequate platform for participants to share ideas and experiences.

7. STRATEGIES TO REPLICATE TRAINING


1. The trainees have committed to organise a brainstorming on Elections Observation and Early warning in order to make restitution. 2. After this restitution each will replicate the training in their different communities.