EISA, formerly known as the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa, is an NGO established in 1996 and based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with field offices in Kinshasa, DRC, Antananarivo Madagascar and Maputo, and Mozambique, with a total of 53 permanent staff. Over the past 12 years EISA has built an internationally recognised centre for policy, research and information and provides this service to electoral authorities, political parties and civil society in a variety of areas such as voter, democracy education and human rights education in the formal and informal education environment, electoral reform, electoral observation/monitoring and electoral conflict management and transformation.
Over the past ten years EISA has developed specific and widely acknowledged expertise in electoral observation activities. In particular, EISA helped set up national election observation networks in many African countries, including but not limited to the DRC (RENOSEC), Mozambique (Electoral Observatory) and Botswana (BESNET) and Ivory Coast (through an EC tender). Since 1997 to date, EISA has served as the Secretariat of the SADC ESN, the 14-member CSO electoral network in the sub-continent. In this context, it is worth noting that EISA assisted the drafting of the African Unionís Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa of 2002 and the subsequent development of the AUís African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance of 2007. For more information, please visit the EISA website.