Election Observation and Democracy Support (EODS) is the capacity building project for EU Election Observation. It is funded by the European Commission. The current EODS project has five main areas of support:
Strengthening the EU Election Observation Mission methodology
Building the capacity of EU election missions to assess the impact of social media on elections
Coordinating the communication strategy for EU election missions
Training election observation specialists in EU methodology and key election principles
Developing tools to support the operational aspects of EU election observation
With the objective of supporting and strengthening the EU’s election-related efforts, the first Network for Enhanced Electoral and Democracy Support (NEEDS) project was launched in 2002, followed by NEEDS II and NEEDS III, the latter finishing at the end of 2012. The programme was continued under a new name ‘Election Observation and Democratic Support (EODS)’ from 2013 - 2016, through a Consortium led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). EODS II was implemented through a Consortium led by IBF International Consulting from 2017-2020.
The current EODS III project is implemented by a consortium led by GIZ, which includes Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and Memo98 as partner organisations.