CEPPS works with civil society, political parties, elected officials, media, community leaders and the National Election Commission (NEC) to support free and fair elections, promote political participation of all citizens including women, youth and other traditionally marginalized groups, and to enhance the professionalism of media practitioners.
CEPPS uses a multi-faceted approach to support elections and a peaceful and democratic political transition in Sierra Leone. The project supports mass media programming to improve the professionalism of Sierra Leone’s press, and to increase the participation of women and disadvantaged groups in debates and dialogue sessions.
CEPPS conducts nationwide public opinion polling to identify the priorities and perceptions of citizens. Poll data is then used to inform technical assistance provided to key stakeholders in Sierra Leone’s democratization (namely media practitioners, civil society, political parties, and government officials) to strengthen citizen responsiveness and government accountability. CEPPS also enhances civil society, political parties and local leaders to improve the participation of women, youth and persons with disabilities in political processes.
CEPPS Key Achievements in Sierra Leone:
CEPPS conducts nationwide polling and research to better understand citizen preferences across the country by:
CEPPS enhances the capacity of media and journalists to improve their professionalism and report more accurately and effectively on electoral and governance-related issues in Sierra Leone through:
CEPPS increases the inclusion of women, youth, people with disabilities, and marginalized groups in Sierra Leone’s political process and improves overall level of participation in national level policy debates by: