The School of Democracy




The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has partnered with IED’s School of Democracy to offer a premier programme in Governance, Leadership and Elections.



The Centre for Social Justice and Ethics (CSJE) of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Collaboration with the School of Democracy  (SoD) of the Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) invite applications for the following ONLINE certificates:


CUEA students
Campaigns and Campaign Management
10 weeks
December 6,2016
Civic and Voter Education
10 weeks
December 6,2016
Election Administration and Management
10 weeks
December 6,2016
Election Observation and Monitoring
10 weeks
December 6,2016



Minimum requirement for Kenyan applicants is C plain /or evidence of some other post secondary education from a recognized institution. For non Kenyan applicants, the minimum requirement for post secondary education in their countries of origin will be considered to the extent applicable in Kenya.

In line with the University's vision to produce transformative leaders for church and society and the necessity to support civic processes, these courses will offer participants an opportunity to effectively participate as international and domestic actors in the forthcoming civic process with in the East African region.


All applicants (whether current students of CUEA/others) are encouraged to apply in the normal process by downloading the APPLICATION FORM HERE >> and to pay the requisite non-refundable application fee of 1040/= at 
MPESA Paybill No.100205 Use the Student Name as the Account Number







IED’s School of Democracy has partnered with The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and The Centre for Social Justice and Ethics to offer a Diploma in Governance, Leadership and Elections. The School of Democracy programme draws its wisdom from a collaborative interdisciplinary enterprise founded in distilled wisdom of democracy education. Its holistic approach incorporates the finest knowledge in good governance, leadership and elections.

Programme Goal

To enhance knowledge for democracy. The overall objective of this diploma is to enable participants to develop a comprehensive understanding of the concept, management and operations of devolved government for improved service delivery, elections administration and management and of leadership for improved democratic governance.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the devolved structure of government and its administrative frameworks, legal frameworks and policies for the promotion of good governance.
  • To understand election administration and management so as to improve electoral processes.
  • To develop desirable attitudes and competences for enhancing democracy in society.



Governance Module 

  • County Administrative Framework 
  • County Assembly Legislative Processes 
  • Management of Public Finance and Resources 
  • Public Participation and Citizen Engagement 
  • Procurement, Purchase and Supplies 
  • Strategic Risk Management in Counties 
  • ICT and Governance 
  • Constitution and Constitutionalism in Kenya


Leadership Module 

  • Leadership and Public Administration 
  • Social Ethics and Integrity 
  • Transformational Dialogue and Peace building 
  • Democracy and Nationhood 
  • Communication and Public Speaking


Elections Module 

  • Campaign and Campaign Management 
  • Civic and Voter Education 
  • Election Administration and Management 
  • Inclusive Democratic Governance 
  • Election Observation and Monitoring


Other Core Units 

  • Action Research and Implementation 
  • Project Performance Management, Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Seminars and Webinars


The certificate programme has been specifically tailored for election observers, civic and voter educators, political party agents, campaign managers, political party election boards and election officials. 



  • Election Administration and Management 
  • Campaigns and Campaign Management 
  • Election Observation and Management 
  • Civic and Voter Education 
  • Seminars and Webinars



  • Local Government Chief Officers 
  • Civil Servants and Administrators 
  • County Civic Leaders 
  • County Senators and Governors 
  • County Civic Aspirants 
  • County Assembly Members 
  • Election Officials 
  • Domestic Election Observers 
  • Elections and democratic governance practitioners 
  • Election Management Boards of organizations or political parties 
  • Aspiring leaders 
  • Civic and voter educators 
  • Community leaders 
  • Campaign managers 
  • Political party agents 
  • Students in political science, law, development and gender studies 
  • And any others interested in devolved governance




Secondary School Certificate with a C plain in KCSE or 1 principal pass in A levels




The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), like most other universities, started in a modest way in 1984. Originally known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA), it has since transformed into a vibrant world class private institution whose aim is to produce transformative leaders for church and society. 

CUEA has a vision to be a world class university producing transformative leaders for church and society, and a mission to promote excellence in research, teaching and community service by preparing morally upright leaders, based on the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church.




The Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization founded in 1993. With a vision to promote a free, just and democratic society, IED strives to find new and progressive ways to make valuable contribution to the governance and democracy sector in Kenya and the Africa region.

For over 25 years, IED has provided leadership in the democracy and governance sector and made significant contribution to the state of democratic affairs. Today, IED aims to nurture democratic culture and principles that strengthen good governance in Africa.

IED focuses on learning through democracy, rather than about democracy, and works towards developing a community of practice which promotes an engaged citizenry as well as a responsive government.

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Signing of the MoU on the School of Democracy Partnership between  IED and CUEA 

Civic Engagement and Flames of Democracy Programme


The Civic Engagement and Flames of Democracy Programme aims to empower citizens to effectively participate in democratic governance and electoral processes. This is achieved by generating awareness through an innovative suite of techniques and by improving the capacity of citizens to effectively engage in good governance and democracy through direct and indirect means.

  • To promote citizen centered democracy learning and dialogue platforms
  • To support Civil Society and media independence to provide oversight and informed critique of government and processes
  • To enhance citizen engagement in democratic governance


1. Title Jukumu Letu: Youth Learning and Living Democracy

Supported by: 

The “Jukumu letu” programme  was initiated by Hivos under their Engagement and Expression  programme and locally developed through a consultative process by a group of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Kenya that are committed to work with citizens to educate, inform and enhance capacities to participate in the process of implementing the constitution. The Programme recognizes the need for the Kenyan citizens to understand, embrace and respect the constitution and use it as a tool to realize their rights, freedoms and aspirations. 

Building a culture of constitutionalism is a process that takes time, energy and resources. It requires partnerships and collaboration between different groups of people who will be actors in the programme. This is the basis of Hivos’ collaboration with IED in implementing Jukumu Letu. In the partnership, IED will contribute to the programme goal by involving youth change as Democracy Ambassadors in the programme.

Through our broader programme dubbed “Youth Learning and Living Democracy”, IED will shape the behavior of the youth toward desirable social outcomes and continuous democratic transformation. Hivos and IED will work towards shifting mindset that have condemned the youth to incessantly sit on the fringes of democratic society and be susceptible to manipulation for political gain.

The efforts of this collaboration will lead to the realization of the following results;

  1. Increased capacity of youth to promote civic engagement in their communities in 47 counties (47 youth leaders will spearhead the processes. Each county will be represented)
  2. Enhanced knowledge of values and importance of democracy among trained youth
  3. 47 Youth Democracy Ambassadors successfully qualified to spearhead civic engagement on the implementation of the constitution.
  4. Youth led Dialogue platforms to promote democratic governance initiated in 7 counties.



2. Promoting Internal Political Party Democracy in Kenya

Supported by: 

This intervention will build upon previous work already undertaken by IED and continue to strengthen relationships between institutions of governance. A three phased approach will be undertaken with the immediate objectives being to:

1.        Enhance the capacity of political parties to engage with their constituents

2.       Increase political party knowledge and technical capacity on electoral processes

3.       Improve regulatory framework of electoral processes and free and fair elections

To increase political party knowledge and technical capacity on electoral processes, IED will build upon its expertise in democracy education, in particular the School of Democracy initiative facilitated by the Civic Engagement and Flames of Democracy Programme. This intervention will see IED design three specialised training academies. The first academy titled Pre-election Activities, will be an in depth module on how to conduct nominations processes against Kenya’s legal framework and international best practices. The second academy titled Election Operations is a practical module that will enable the participants to understand how to conduct and manage a ballot process. The third academy, titled Public Outreach, is a specialised module that will enable political parties to understand effective strategies for engaging their constituencies on voter, civic and political education. IED will invite representatives from the seven political parties to participate in these specialised  two-day academies. The academy modules will be developed and facilitated by IED technical specialists and will include participatory learning methodology.

In doing this, we will also build a case for future work to ensure that there are capable and competent specialists within the party who can confidently execute civic/political/voter education interventions to a wide audience.




Title: Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability in Kenya


Supported by:

The programme is currently implementing a project that will establish a citizen driven Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) to track the progress of development projects in Kakamega and Bomet counties. The County Budget Implementation Review Report 2014 by the Controller of Budget (CoB) identified these two counties amongst the top counties in development expenditure during the last review period. It is important to pilot this version of the CBMS in counties that are more likely to have ongoing development projects throughout the monitoring period as an effective strategy for project implementation and likelihood of achieving results.

Establishing a citizen driven CBMS will entail the development of an e-portal, which will serve as an interactive platform to showcase analyzed data received from the Ward Monitors (WMs) and receive feedback from the sampled community members on development priorities through mobile telephony. The CBMS process itself is designed to promote active participation by trained citizens in monitoring development projects, reporting to a data centre, and availing analyzed data to stakeholders. This information will be used to advocate for bottom up social accountability to increasingly reinforce accountability mechanisms and public service delivery.

The rationale behind this form of CBMS is to provide an opportunity for an effective and interactive platform of citizens and duty bearers for improved service delivery This initiative will use similar processes to other participatory budgeting initiatives such as information gathering, consultation, consensus meetings and the formation of monitoring groups. However, it has the added advantage of learning from previous initiatives to expand beyond the social auditing processes, which usually reports on the expenditure after the monies have been spent. The County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) and the county budgets will benchmark the monitoring process. The CBMS will utilize short-code messaging system as a data collection tool which feeds into the e-portal. This allows the data to be analyzed frequently and availed in real time to duty bearers and citizens for timely interventions. This project has been funded by Drivers of Accountability Programme (DAP).



Title: Promoting Civil and Voter Registration, and the Secrecy of the Ballot among Marginalized Communities in Kenya.


This project aimed to strengthen good governance and democratic processes in North Eastern and Upper Eastern Kenya using a two phased approach. The first phase involved an intensive voter education strategy which trained civic/voter educators from five counties; Marsabit, Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Isiolo to conduct community education sessions on how to protect the secrecy of the ballot, especially for assisted voters. The second phase focused on promoting civil registration and the acquisition of national ID cards and facilitated dialogue platforms to negotiate strategies to improve these processes in these areas.

Title: Enhancing Citizen’s Engagement and Participation in Democratic Governance and Electoral Processes in Kenya


This project was undertaken through the Uchaguzi Bora Initiative with the support of Uraia Trust. IED successfully implemented this project in twenty four counties namely; Marsabit, Nairobi, Machakos, Kakamega, Samburu, ElgeyoMarakwet, Meru, Nakuru, Kilifi, Kisumu, Migori, Nyandarua, Kisii, Busia, Kwale, Garissa, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Kajiado, Nyeri, Baringo, Kiambu, Taita Taveta and Bomet. Under the first phase of the project which was carried out before the general election held on 4th March 2013, IED focused on disseminating key voter information and voter education messages. The second phase of the project (post election), empowered citizens to understand devolution and engage in devolved governance. The activities undertaken in both phases were: developing and disseminating IEC materials, training and deploying community based voter educators, conducting voter education forums and focus group discussions and field visits (monitoring). IED recruited a total of thirty four community based civic educators identified from the respective communities. After undergoing training, the community based educators were deployed to undertake the community awareness and sensitization forums in their counties.

Title: Strengthening Governance and Democratization Processes in Kenya and the East and Central Africa Region


The aim of this project was to increase participation of citizens to enable them to participate in democratic governance and electoral processes. To achieve this goal, IED produced a documentary titled “Your Voice, Your Vote”. This documentary was aimed at creating awareness and educating citizens on their rights, roles and responsibilities as voters. The documentary was re-produced to ensure its relevance and accuracy of information once the electoral management body transitioned from the IIEC to the IEBC. In partnership with the IEBC, IED disseminated the documentary in nationwide in collaboration with the Film Corporation of Kenya through mobile film caravans. Title: Healthy Action- Empowering East African Non State Actors to advocate effectively on health issues Donor: European Union / Deutsche StiftungWeltbevoelkerung (DSW) Description: With financial support from the European Union and in partnership with the German Foundation for World Population, IED implemented a two year project on Healthy Action. Its objective was to empower non-state actors (NSA’s) to become meaningful and inclusive participants in civic processes concerning pro-poor health policies. This was achieved by increasing advocacy capacity to formulate policy priorities, monitor its implementation and hold decision makers to account.