Workshop
27.11.2023

ODIHR Elections Observer Simulation

Over 20 individuals from political organizations, holding positions in politics and journalism, participated in the ‘Transolvia’ simulation game on elections and parliamentary systems during the ODIHR/FES School on Politics, Leadership, and Advocacy in Warsaw.

Together with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), CRISP organized a 1.5-day simulation game focused on elections and ODIHR observers. The event took place during the ODIHR/FES School on Politics, Leadership, and Advocacy in Warsaw, attracting more than 20 participants from over 10 countries representing diverse positions in organizations, governments, activists and journalism. The aim of the School is to strengthen democratic institutions in the OSCE region by enhancing the capacity of 25 young politicians, activists, and parliamentarians through comprehensive training in leadership, advocacy, campaigning, negotiations, team building, and policy analysis, fostering youth political participation and facilitating substantive exchanges on political parties, democracy, and elections.

During the fourth and fifth days of the school, CRISP facilitated the simulation game ‘Transolvia Elections’, emphasizing the role of civil society in contemporary society, the potential for reform, negotiations in the election process, coalition building within a parliamentary system, and the responsibilities of election short-term and long-term observers during the election processes.
Following one and a half intense days of the simulation game, all participants gathered to further enhance transcultural networking, exchange interests, needs, and competences, and explore opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. Concluding the event with a dinner, along with ample room for informal exchange, we reflect on a highly successful event that opened up new possibilities for capacity building among young future decision makers.