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Since gaining independence in 1970, Fiji has experienced a cycle of elections followed by coups followed by new constitutions. In 2014, Fiji held its first democratic elections since the last coup in 2006.

Under the current system, Fiji has a single national constituency comprising of 50 members, which means that citizens can bring issues to the attention of any of the 50 members of parliament.

In 2016, International IDEA helped facilitate a workshop on accountability in democracy. In April 2018, International IDEA began working on the European Union-funded C3 Fiji Project, titled “Upholding Citizens’ Constitutional Rights for Democratic Consolidation”.

Funding and Partners

In 2015-2016, International IDEA facilitated workshops on assessing quality of democracy and democratic accountability in service delivery in Fiji. From February 2018, International IDEA began working on a two-year European Union-funded Project, titled “Upholding Citizens’ Constitutional Rights for Democratic Consolidation” or C3- Fiji Project. The C3- Fiji Project aims to increase voters’ and citizens’ knowledge of their constitutional rights in the lead up to the 2018 elections and provide guidance about ways in which those rights can be exercised both before and after the election. The Project also provides opportunities for civil society organisations (CSOs) to strengthen networks and institutional capacity, develop collaborative networks and relations, and improve collaboration with state entities. A special role for International IDEA will be to facilitate mutual working relationships amongst these stakeholders and provide knowledge resources on elections and democracy.

Internatioanl IDEA is the lead and the implementer of the C3- Fiji Project and is responsible for Overseeing the monitoring and evaluation of individual activities and responsible for overall monitoring and evaluation of the Project and also reporting and other relations with the EU Delegation  International IDEA is will also facilitate relationships with key state agencies including FEO, Fijian Electoral Commission and the Fiji Parliament and at the same time provide technical input on international standards, practices, theory, and relevant literature. Furthermore, International IDEA is will provide support and participate in regular coordination meetings with organizations that need support to promote synergies and avoid duplications with in the project.

There are four co-implmenters of the C3-Fiji Project including Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF), Dialogue Fiji (DF), Media Watch Group (MWG), and Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP). 

Collectively, the four partners in the consortium are responsible for needs assessments, implementation and financial and administrative management of individual activities, alone or in partnership with other co-implementers and/or International IDEA and facilitate relationships with local communities, community organizations and government agencies relevant to the implementation of particular activities.

Each partner has its own set of relationships and networks in different communities, so responsibility for the implementation of individual activities in local areas is allocated to the particular organisation with strong links in the area. In general, the role of each implementer is similar, and responsibility for activity implementation has been divided fairly equally. Each organization however has special strengths and, in some cases, the special technical knowledge of one organisation may be called upon.

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C3 partners: International IDEA, Citizen Constitutional Forum, EU Delegation, Media Watch Group, Dialogue Fiji,  Pacific Center for Peace Building, Fiji Election Office

C3 partners: International IDEA, Citizen Constitutional Forum, EU Delegation, Media Watch Group, Dialogue Fiji,  Pacific Center for Peace Building, Fiji Election Office. Photo credit: International IDEA.

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Leena Rikkila Tamang
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