Launched in 2012 by the United Nations System Staff College and the Electoral Assistance Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs, 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.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Benefit from an understanding of the challenges of elections in transitional, post-conflict and fragile societies;
  • Be able to explain the need for a more comprehensive and political approach to preventing and responding to election-related violence;
  • Be prepared to strengthen capacity in election risk assessment and management, including through the use of conflict analysis and long-term election risk mapping;
  • Be equipped with good practices and country examples of responses to electoral violence.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The face-to-face course is characterized by a participatory training style. Participants build and apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills through interactive sessions and group exercises relevant to the work of UN staff.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

The political nature of electoral events and assistance; Technical dimensions of elections and their political implications; Identifying and mitigating political risks; Preventing and responding to election-related violence and other political crises relating to elections; Good practices/lessons learned, tools, guidelines, and approaches within the UN system and the international community at large (Member States, NGOs, donors, academia, think tanks, etc.); Recent innovations.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff working on electoral affairs, political crises, good offices, mediation and peace and security issues. By nomination only.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

Thanks to a generous contribution from the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), this course is offered at the subsidized price of 750 USD (DPA staff are exempt from the tuition fee). Sponsoring organizations are responsible for the travel and accommodation of their participating staff.

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