EISA's Governance Institutions and Political Processes programme was formed in in January 2017 through the merger of the APRM and Political Parties units.
The overall goal of EISA's Political parties support programme is to contribute to an open, inclusive and democratic political system. These interventions are located in three thematic areas, applied research, capacity building and academic research. Conducted throughout the organisation, including EISA's Field Offices, focus ares are:
African Peer Review Mechanism support (2004-2006): From 2004 EISA's APRM unit engaged in national APRM processes in partnership with several local CSOs across the continent including Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Malawi, before 'passing the baton' to country partner organisations in 2016.
Parliamentary support pilot programme (2007-2008): EISA' pilot programme, which ran from 2007-2008 in the DRC, Madagascar and Kenya, aimed at strengthening the parliaments and encourage interaction between parliaments and civil society for improved participatory democracy.