First launched in 2012 by UNSSC and the Electoral Division of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), this programme promotes a broader understanding of the political and technical dimensions of elections, the complex relationship between elections and conflict, and the work of the UN system to prevent and mitigate election-related violence.

Focused on strengthening the capacity of UN staff in electoral risk assessment and management, this two-day programme will introduce you to every stage of the process – from conducting a sound conflict analysis and electoral risk mapping to identifying prevention and mitigation strategies to address election-related violence.

This is an abridged version of the four-day programme “Political Approaches to Preventing and Responding to Election-related Violence” delivered in the field twice per year. In 2020, the programme will take place in Accra, Ghana from 17-20 March 2020, and in Turin, Italy from 22-25 September 2020.



Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Adopt a more comprehensive and political approach to understanding and responding to the challenges and causes of election-related violence
  • Apply practical tools to conduct a conflict analysis and electoral risk assessment
  • Identify possible prevention and mitigation strategies to address election-related violence
  • Benefit from and share good practices and lessons learned in responding to election-related violence

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This programme offers the opportunity to engage in a dynamic learning experience by combining learner-centred design principles, carefully chosen case studies and real-life examples with stimulating presentations, interactive discussions and small-group exercises.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

In this programme, you will explore the role of elections in transitional, post-conflict and fragile societies and discuss the need for adopting a political approach to preventing and responding to election-related violence and political crises.

  • Day 1 sets the context, introducing the principles and types of electoral assistance as well as the UN approach to election-related violence.
  • Day 2 focuses on the gender dimensions of political participation, representation and election-related violence while developing practical skills in conflict analysis and electoral risk assessment to identify effective strategies to prevent, mitigate and respond to election-related violence.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff working on electoral and political affairs, good offices and mediation as well as related peace and security issues. After signing up to this programme, you will be requested to submit your PHP based on which UNSSC and DPPA will carry out a selection process.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, there are no fees for this programme. Participants – or their sponsoring organizations – are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation expenses related to their attendance to the programme.

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