How We Are Creating Change
Ideally, citizens or voters should determine electoral outcomes but politicians undermine the sovereignty of voters by compromising the electoral process. This project is therefore designed to strengthen the demand side of electoral reform by empowering citizens at all levels with the requisite information and tool to effectively engage their elected representatives on electoral reform and constitution review. Through this project, citizens will assert their power to secure the desired reforms to the electoral process.
Yiaga Africa will adopt a rights-based approach in the project implementation. Electoral reforms protect the right the vote and be voted, freedom of expression, association and right to information. Bearing in this mind, Yiaga Africa will ensure these rights and many others are upheld in this project.
Reconceptualisation of civil society
To build the strategic capacity required to achieve electoral reform, Yiaga Africa will expand its conceptualization of civil society groups beyond NGOs to include professional associations, traditional and faith-based organizations, town unions and student organizations.
Strategic partnership and collaboration
To facilitate consensus building on electoral reform and maximization of scarce resources, the project will be leverage strategic partnerships and collaboration with other stakeholders to advocate for electoral reform. Yiaga Africa will leverage on its work with legislative committees and caucuses in the National Assembly like the Women in Parliament, Youth Development, Constituency outreach committees and Young Parliamentarians Forum to mobilize their support and endorsement of proposed electoral amendments.
Data driven and technology
For effective advocacy and stakeholder engagement, Yiaga Africa will adopt an evidence-based and data driven approach in implementing this project. This entails assembling high quality data, research and analysis. New technologies will be used for public outreach, data mining, stakeholder engagement and oversight.
The project will respond to the needs or marginalized groups like youth, women and persons with disability. Yiaga Africa will ensure these groups are fully engaged and represented in the implementation of the project