A Leadership and Conflict Management (LEAD) workshop is currently being held in Polokwane, South Africa from 9 of January until 11 of January, 2019. This 3-day LEAD workshop is part of part of the PEV-RSA national project, funded by the European Union. The PEV RSA project (www.democracy-support.eu/southafrica) is 24 months (2018/20) and is implemented by the European Centre for Electoral Support in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
Participants are to this workshop are from IEC staff across Limpopo. By having a diverse geographic group of stakeholders, issues from across the province will be brought up and problem solved. This change will also help the create a strong foundation throughout Limpopo
This is the ninth LEAD training, with trainings in having taken place in Gauteng, Western Cape, and KwaZulu Natal. This training is part of the PEV RSA project’s capacity building component.
The curriculum on Leadership and Dialogue was crafted by ECES in partnership with Centre for Creative Leadership, CCL. CCL is based the US and delivers high-end executive education for world leaders. Such trainings are usually very costly and require far more time than what one usually can afford. The partnership between CCL and ECES emerged to make leadership training accessible and affordable for electoral stakeholders.
Leadership training blended with dialogue techniques has so far proven to be a winning concept. Leadership, both for the individual and organizational level, are essential components of electoral processes.
The LEAD workshop in Polokwane is meant to explore various ways how exchange between stakeholders of difference of opinion, beliefs or ideologies can be carried out almost conflict-free by making use of technical skills.
In sum then, this workshop in Durban is a forum whereby members of the electoral stakeholders in the KZN can further develop skills in leadership and dialogue and make use of the very fact that participants come from different backgrounds to bring out as many perspectives are possible on how to succeed with dialogue.
The workshop is being facilitated by Rindai Chipfunde-Vava, Host Director of the Election Support Network of Southern Africa and Executive Director of Zimbabwe Election Support Network.