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Basic Information

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Maximum CIDA Contribution:
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Start — End:
2009-01-22 — 2013-12-31


  • Europe multiple countries: 35%
  • Africa multiple countries: 25%
  • Asia multiple countries: 25%
  • Americas multiple countries: 15%


This project provides funding for Canadian election observers to be deployed on multilateral election observation missions in developing countries through CANADEM, a Canadian non-governmental organization that maintains a roster of Canadian experts. These election observation missions are undertaken by credible multilateral organizations with long-standing expertise in election observation, including the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union. The deployment of Canadian election observers contributes to raising awareness and deepening understanding at home of Canada's involvement in supporting democratic governance abroad.

The project is part of the Multilateral Election Observation Program. This Program uses a whole-of-government approach for Canadian support to multilateral election observation in developing countries. Its main objective is to assist developing countries in their objective to hold democratic elections in line with national and international election standards. Support for election observation contributes to strengthening the electoral process in developing countries.


Democratic governance
  • Elections (015151): 100%


Expected Results

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Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project include the following: The project has facilitated the recruiting and deploying of 800 Canadian election observers to bilateral missions and 30 multilateral election observation missions in more than 20 countries, including Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Mozambique, Sudan and South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Senegal. These Canadian observers took part in electoral observation missions implemented by the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Organization of American States and The Carter Center. Canadians observers participated in election observation missions at the Presidential, Legislative, Parliamentary, and Provincial level.

For example, in 2010, CANADEM deployed an independent bilateral election observation mission of 200 Canadians called Mission Canada, to monitor and report on the second round of Presidential elections in Ukraine. Mission Canada collaborated in validating the election results, while providing advice to the Ukraine Electoral Commission on how to improve future elections.

The presence of Canadian observers on the ground enabled Canada to demonstrate leadership in promoting good governance and democracy through transparent elections, in line with national and international standards. Canadian observers contributed to the production of final reports assessing each election observed and establishing recommendations for improving the electoral process in the host country. These recommendations provided valuable and timely inputs for these countries’ governments, electoral management bodies and the broader international community to strengthen electoral and democratic institutions and processes.

The project also promoted equality between men and women throughout the electoral cycle by integrating information on equality in briefing materials, training sessions, and by instigating the mandatory use of checklists on equality between women and men for all Canadian election observers deployed by CANADEM. These results are contributing to increased effectiveness and efficiency in the recruitment and deployment of Canadian election observers.

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