ECES is proud to announce the signature of the Project in Support of a Peaceful and Inclusive Electoral Process in Zanzibar, abbreviated PROPEL Zanzibar. The project is funded by the European Union and will be implemented for 12 months.


The signature ceremony took place in the premises of the Delegation of European Union to Tanzania in the presence of Victoria Florinder, Election Conflict Management Advisor, representing ECES, and His Excellency Filiberto CERIANI SEBREGONDI, Ambassador of the European Union in Tanzania. The PROPEL Project team witnessed the signature and consisted of the dedicated Project Director, Anne Sofie Gerhard, Finance and Administration Manager, Morten Gerhard and Senior Project Officer and Legal Advisor, Gwendolen Morgan.


Propel Zanzibar seeks to support the conduct of a peaceful electoral process ahead or and following the 2015 general elections in the island of Zanzibar comprising both Unguja and Pemba. This is achieved by enhancing conflict management and mediation skills among political leaders, religious leaders, civil societies with particular emphasis on women and youth wings. PROPEL reaches our to a wide range of key electoral stakeholders and aims to foster awareness and table responsibilities of each actor in reducing the potential for the outbreak of conflicts as well as confronting possible scenarios of civic unrest.


The project is a specifically targeted intervention that seeks to support the electoral process in Zanzibar under the Instrument contributing to Peace and Stability (IcPS). The Project will thus run over a period of time that is highly dynamic in Zanzibar and the Union namely the period of time leading to and immediately after the elections in 2015 (and possibly the Constitutional Referendum, if this will indeed take place around the project timeline). The project is built as a pro-peace initiative to contain stability in Zanzibar and propel the positive democratic trends since the 2010 elections guided by the principles of peace and inclusiveness.