FODEP is a non-governmental organization registered under the Societies’ Act of Zambia, no ORS/102/35/384. FODEP was formed in 1992 as a successor to the Zambia Election Monitoring and Coordinating Committee (ZEMCC) which was an Initiative of various church mother bodies, including the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) to coordinate and monitor Zambia’s first round of multiparty elections in 1991. Concerned about peace and stability, 15 volunteers representing the three churches mother bodies formed what was known as the Christian Churches’ Monitoring group (CCMG).
Almost immediately after the formation of CCMG, the Press Association of Zambia (PAZA), the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), the University of Zambia Students’ Union (UNZASU), the National Women’s Lobby Group and the Non – Governmental Organizations Coordinating Committee (NGOCC) joined the CCMG to form an umbrella group known as the Zambia Elections Monitoring Coordinating Committee (ZEMCC).
ZEMCC was officially registered on Friday, September 27, 1991 with the Registrar of Societies. With its Motto of “Setting a Standard for Africa: Free and Fair Elections”, ZEMCC successfully monitored the transition from one party state to multiparty democracy.
Realising that the multiparty elections were not an end to the democratization process, the Board of directors of ZEMECC revised and broadened the objectives and changed the Motto and the name of the civic and voluntary organization.
Hence, ZEMCC was renamed the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) and the Motto became “Setting a Standard for Africa: Power in the Service of the People”.
FODEP is led by an elected President who is supported by the Vice President, National Secretary, Vice National Secretary, National Treasurer and Chairperson for Civic Education, Programs and Projects, Information and Research, and Legal Sub-committees.
At Provincial, District, Constituency and Ward levels, FODEP has elected Executive Committees, which spearhead the organization programs in league with their fellow members. These Committees are elected every three (3) years by FODEP paid up members. The organization’s supreme authority is the convention and the National Executive Committee is the policy making body of FODEP. In addition, FODEP is a member driven organization and has more than 7000 volunteer members throughout the country whose major role is the execution of various FODEP programmes and activities at grassroots level. In all its Programmes, FODEP mainstreams gender, HIV/AIDS and disability issues.
Vision & Mission
To monitor elections, mediate social and political conflicts in society, and provide civic education. And information to leaders and citizens concerning both their human rights and responsibilities in Democratic governance.
To see the attainment of “A democratic Zambia where government is accountable to its citizens and in which all citizens freely and willingly participate in the social, political and economic affairs of the country.