RASED functions under the program of Accountability, Governance and Participation in Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, an NGO based in Jordan.
The program focuses on monitoring local elections, specifically parliamentary and municipal elections, as well as parliamentary performance and conducting performance evaluations of Members of Parliament (MPs) and government action plans and commitments toward enhancing the open government values of transparency, accountability and public participation. The program also promotes decentralization and works on integrating citizens in decision-making processes (particularly women and youth).
RASED also analyses laws and policies regarding political reform.
RASED’s election monitoring component has implemented many activities at both the local and international levels in the field of election monitoring and the design of electoral campaigns and access to electoral rules. RASED works with a large network of volunteers, institutions and local and international partners, and monitored Jordan’s parliamentary elections in 2007, 2010 and 2013 and Jordan municipal elections in 2013, as well as local elections of bodies such as the Teacher’s Union, the Geologist’s Union, and various Chambers of Commerce. The monitoring process is performed through a local coalition lead by RASED with over 160 CSOs and CBOs.
RASED has also established alliances with local organizations across the region, including Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Libya, where the Center has trained groups of CSOs on monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for elections and the design of electoral campaigns. Additionally, Al Hayat has engaged in a number of international missions specializing in electoral monitoring that have been undertaken in countries including, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Algeria.
Through RASED, Al Hayat Center participated in the development of The Declaration of Global Principals for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the United Nations Secretariat. Al Hayat also serves as an active member of The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) ever since and is a member of the Opening Parliament Legislative group.