CEPPS works to support the development of a free and fair system in which government bodies and political parties have the capacity to better link with constituents and develop policy platforms that are responsive to citizens’ interests and needs. CEPPS also empowers and enables the electorate, especially under-represented groups, to effectively demand issues-based political party programs and government policy agendas responsive to their needs. CEPPS supports consensus-building among political, civic, and electoral actors to address outstanding electoral issues and monitors election activities in support of a free and fair competition.
For over a decade, CEPPS has worked to support the major political parties across the political spectrum to strengthen their institutional capacity. CEPPS has supported and strengthened the capacity of youth, women and other marginalized groups to develop policy awareness and bolster their positions in party structures. CEPPS also increases political parties’ capacity for developing inclusive, data-based policy platforms, as well as enhancing strategic communications. CEPPS does this by offering its partners representative survey data and by providing access to and building expertise with research tools.
CEPPS takes a holistic approach to fair elections, working on both the “demand side” with members of disadvantaged communities advocating for improved access to elections and on the “supply side” with the CEC and other electoral stakeholders to improve policies, procedures, and systems for administering and maintaining free and fair elections.
CEPPS is one of few international organizations in Georgia focusing resources and expertise at the local level, especially in communities beyond Tbilisi. CEPPS works with community activists to advocate directly to local government, especially within the framework of the local budgeting process. Through partnerships with CSOs and local gender equality councils (GEC), CEPPS ensures that marginalized voices, including those of women, youth, ethnic and religious minorities, and persons with disabilities, are heard in local and national platforms. For example, through budget coordination groups facilitated by CEPPS, municipal factions, GECs, and CSOs developed detailed budget initiatives on issues such as infrastructure and accessibility for the first time.
CEPPS Key Achievements in Georgia:
CEPPS has supported political parties both in and out of parliament and local governments:
CEPPS has contributed to the development of a vibrant and effective civil society in Georgia. By working with underserved groups like women, persons with disability, and ethnic minority communities, CEPPS has been able to bring new voices into Georgia’s democratic discussion and support advocacy in the cities and regions.
Electoral reforms for the critical areas of election administration, political finance, and political party administration were developed through a consensus-based approach facilitated by CEPPS and are anticipated to pass Parliament, bringing the country in line with international best practices in advance of the October 2020 election.
CEPPS has supported the integrity of Georgia’s democratic elections through observation missions, most recently for the 2016-2018 electoral cycle. CEPPS looks forward to supporting monitoring efforts for elections in 2020 and beyond, and the reports and recommendations CEPPS issues after monitoring activities are valued by domestic and international observers as impartial and comprehensive assessments.