Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (former Electoral Institute of Southern Africa), or EISA, is an organization founded in 1996 in Johannesburg to "promote credible elections, participatory democracy, human rights culture and the strengthening of governance institutions for the consolidation of democracy in Africa."[1]

Program Areas

According to their website programme areas that they participate in include:[1]

  • Democracy, conflict management and electoral education
  • Elections and political processes
  • Balloting and electoral services
  • Governance (political parties, APRM, institutions of governance and local governance)
  • Online Democracy Encyclopedia
  • Research and information (including a specialised library and in house publications)


EISA lists the following organizations as donors:[2]


In 2004 EISA deployed an observation mission to Malawi for the presidential and legislative elections.[3]

EISA works with the African Union Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU).[4] Support in 2008 was done in conjunction with the Carter Center and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).[4]

Kader Asmal

When Kader Asmal, a member of the ANC, accused the Parliament of South Africa of wasting money by not monitoring chapter nine institutions such as the South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Gender Equality, EISA hosted the conference.[5]


  1. ^ a b About EISA, EISA. Accessed July 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Donors, EISA. Accessed July 29, 2009
  3. ^ Ott, Martin. The power of the vote: Malawi's 2004 parliamentary and presidential elections. Kachere Series, 2005. p. 296. ISBN .  Found at Google Books
  4. ^ a b African Union IFES, 2009. Accessed July 9, 2009.
  5. ^ MATABOGE, MMANALEDI Asmal takes on Parliament, Mail and Guardian, July 20, 2009. Accessed July 29, 2009.
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