History and Events

 

11th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

October 18, 2016

Hosted by the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa.

Human Rights and Election Standards: Workshop with Treaty Body Members and Election Practitioners

June 16, 2016

A third  workshop in the Human Rights and Election Standards series was was held on June 16-17, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, and focused specifically on the work of  the treaty bodies and how increased collaboration with election practitioners can support democratic elections that advance human rights.

Human Rights and Election Standards: Workshop with Special Rapporteurs and Election Practitioners

January 14, 2016

A second workshop in the Human Rights and Election Standards series was was held on Jan. 14-15, 2016 and focused specifically on the work of special rapporteurs and how they can work with election practitioners to support democratic elections that advance human rights.  Learn More…

Stories from 100 Elections

December 2, 2015

In 2015, The Carter Center conducted its 100th election observation mission. Over the years, our staff have watched jubilant voters cast their first ballots; met with dictators who were sure they would be re-elected, but lost; and watched election officials stay up all night counting ballots. Hear humorous and moving tales from the front lines of emerging democracies. Watch here.

Towards Common Indicators for Democracy Elections (Second Workshop)

November 18, 2015

The Carter Center, Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) co-hosted a second workshop aimed at pooling academic and practitioner expertise to begin developing a set of common indicators for measuring electoral quality.

10th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

October 21, 2015

Hosted by the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division.

10th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

October 16, 2015

Hosted by the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division.

Toward Common Indicators for Democratic Elections

April 7, 2015

The Carter Center, Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) co-hosted this workshop aimed at pooling academic and practitioner expertise to begin developing a set of common indicators for measuring electoral quality. Read an article about it here.

Human Rights and Election Standards Inaugural Conference

February 11, 2015

This conference kicked off the HRES initiative, bringing together the international human rights and election assistance communities to advance a rights-based approach to electoral processes.

9th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

November 12, 2014

Hosted by the Asian Network for Free Elections and the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (ANFREL).

Election Obligations and Standards Tools Launched

October 28, 2014

Hosted by the U.N. Electoral Assistance Division at U.N. headquarters, The Carter Center and International IDEA released their complementary handbooks outlining a public international law framework for assessing elections.

Carter Center Becomes Managing Partner of ACE Network

January 1, 2014

The Carter Center signed an MoU with the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network, becoming one of nine managing partners.

Workshop: Towards Developing a Transition Monitoring Methodology

October 1, 2013

Read the approach paper here.

8th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

September 17, 2013

Hosted by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Read a summary here.

7th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

November 13, 2012

Hosted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Read a summary here.

Harmonizing Methodologies: Identity, Citizenship, Voting Rights

September 27, 2012

Read a summary of the workshop here.

6th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

October 4, 2011

Hosted by the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, and the European Commission. Read a summary here.

Using Public International Law to Assess Elections in Southeast Asia

December 20, 2010

Co-hosted with the Centre for Election Reform (CETRO), this workshop introduced DES tools to observers in Southeast Asia. Read a summary here.

5th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

October 13, 2010

Hosted by The Carter Center. Read a summary here.

Using Public International Law to Assess Elections in Africa

May 3, 2010

Co-hosted with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), this workshop introduced DES tools to observers in Africa. Read a summary here.

Brainstorming Meeting on the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Elections

January 1, 2010

Workshop on Assessment Criteria for Democratic Elections

December 8, 2009

Peer expert review of a complete draft of a compendium of international obligations for democratic elections developed by Carter Center staff and expert consultants, the basis for the Database of Obligations for Democratic Elections (now EOS). Read a summary here.

4th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

September 10, 2009

Hosted by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Read a summary here.

Campaign Finance Methodology Meeting (with IFES)

April 1, 2009

Read the approach paper, drafted by IFES and drawing on two previous campaign finance workshops, here.

Experts’ Meeting on Defining Assessment Criteria for Electoral Dispute Resolution Systems

February 24, 2009

Read a summary here and an EDR approach paper here.

3rd Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

October 23, 2008

Hosted by the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). Read a summary here.

Experts’ Meeting on Defining Assessment Criteria for Campaign Finance

October 1, 2008

Read a summary here.

Experts’ Meeting on Defining Assessment Criteria for the Media Environment

September 29, 2008

Read a summary here.

Workshop: Presentation of Draft Assessment Criteria for Democratic Elections

February 1, 2008

Representatives from DES peer organizations presented a substantive draft of their work on determining criteria for assessing democratic elections.

2nd Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

November 14, 2007

Hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS). Read a summary here.

1st Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles

May 31, 2006

Hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Read a summary here.

Declaration of Principles and Code of Conduct Endorsed

October 27, 2005

Twenty-two inter- and non-governmental organizations came together at U.N. headquarters in New York to endorse the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, which establishes professional guidelines for the field. Read the DoP here.

Workshop: Automated Voting and Election Observation

March 17, 2005

Read a summary here.