Money in politics is an important aspect in democratic governance. Money in politics is essentially the manner in which politics is financed. Managing political financing is critical in ensuring Free, Fair and Credible elections. The integrity of an election influences the quality of democracy in any nation and the manner in which it is governed. Elections are the conduits through which transparent and accountable leadership is guaranteed which in turn contributes to economic and human development.

The prevalent challenges in most developing countries have much to do with the integrity of the electoral and political processes. The growing influence of money on politics and in electoral processes has contributed to questioning legitimacy of the elections and election results in many developing democracies. The apparent lack of political and electoral accountability has led to citizens being denied basic rights through poor service delivery. The relationship between citizens/voters and elected leaders/politicians has been skewed to largely being determined by money.

The Political Finance Academy (PFA) addresses these gaps by offering tailored courses that are meant to improve the manner in politics and elections are financed.

Courses Offered

Election Campaign Financing

ACFIM focuses on monitoring, documenting best practices and exposing flaws in financing of political partiesThe manner in which election campaigns are financed has direct implications on the integrity of the electoral process and outcomes. The sources of campaign financing if not regulated can stifle citizen voice and participation in the process. This course looks at how election campaigns are financed and the institutional and legal frameworks that can regulate campaign financing. and election campaigns.

The Course Modules include;

1. Political Finance Overview
2. Understanding Campaign Finance
3. Campaign Finance Systems
4. Campaign Income and Campaign Expenditure
5. Legal and Institutional framework for Campaign Financing
6. Risks Associated with Influence of money on elections and electoral outcomes
7. Election Campaign Finance Monitoring: Techniques and tools
8. Campaign Finance Data Analysis
9. Campaign Finance Reporting
10. Using Campaign Finance Monitoring Results to engage on political finance reforms

Civic Engagement for Political and Electoral Accountability

Money in politics is an important element in defining the quality of representation, citizen perceptions towards their leaders and standards of accountability and transparency. This course explores the relationship between accountability and money in politics.

The Course Modules Include;

1.Overview of Accountability Systems
2.Understanding Political Accountability
3.Understanding Electoral Accountability
4.Overview of Voter Bribery: Common manifestations
5.Vote buying and Vote selling: Why they are pervasive in developing democracies
6.Impact of vote buying on democratic processes
7.Role of civil society in enhancing political and electoral accountability

CouRse Duration

Each course is delivered within 5 working days.

Who Should Attend / Targeted Participants

1. Domestic Election observers 
2.Staff working with development partners that are supporting electoral​ governance programmes
3.Staff from National Electrol Mannagement Bodies
4.Political Party officials and employees
5.Individuals who want to pursue a career in political Financing
6.Impact of vote buying on democratic processes
7.Role of civil society in enhancing political and electoral accountability

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1st Floor Plot 33
Lumumba AV
P.O. Box 37206 Kampala
Tel: 0393217168

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