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Voter and Civic Education BRIDGE Workshop in Ukraine, June 2018

BRIDGE VCE Workshop June 2018 Ukraine Group PhotoIFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants, and with the financial support of UK government and USAID, conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Voter and Civic Education V3.

BRIDGE Civic Education Workshop, Moldova May 2018

group photo 1Moldovan librarians to become focal points for civic education

In the framework of the civic education campaign "Get involved!" organized by Center for Continuous Electoral Trainings (CCET) in partnership with Central Electoral Commission of Moldova, more than 70 librarians were trained to became focal points for civic education.

International IDEA hosts TtF in Stockholm, May- June 2018

Group photoFrom May 21 to June 1, 15 participants attended the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop organized by International IDEA in Stockholm, Sweden.

First BRIDGE workshop in Kyrgyzstan, Disability and Gender in Elections June 2018

group picFirst ever BRIDGE workshop in Kyrgyzstan: election stakeholders learn about the rights of persons with disabilities and gender aspects of electoral process

Voter Registration BRIDGE Module, Mogadishu, May 2018

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“Training awakened our eyes… it made us think carefully…we learned a lot.” This was how a participant of the three-day BRIDGE workshop on Voter Registration held in May from 14 to 17 2018 in Mogadishu, Somalia, described the workshop.

Access and Participation of persons with disabilties in Electoral Processes, April 2018

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In most countries of the world, accessing electoral processes poses a serious challenge not only to Persons with Disability (PWDs) but other vulnerable groups in the society.

Customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights, Suva, Fiji 17 -19 April

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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), in conjunction with the European Union (EU), and as part of the C3-Fiji Project, conducted a 3-day customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights for Fiji-based CSOs in Suva, Fiji, on 17 – 19 April 2018.

The C3 (Citizens-Constitution-Consolidation) Project - Fiji, titled ‘Upholding Citizen’s Constitutional Rights for Democratic Consolidation in Fiji’ operates from February 2018 to January 2020 with an outcome of ‘an enhanced capacity of civil society organisations to increase citizen’s understanding of their constitutional rights and to facilitate engagement with government and elected representatives.’

International IDEA has a role to ‘facilitate mutual working relationships amongst these stakeholders and provide knowledge resources on elections and democracy.’ This BRIDGE training workshop was the inaugural event to this end, involving the four project CSO partner organisations – Citizen’s Constitutional Forum (CCF), Dialogue Fiji (DF), Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) and Media Watch group (MWG) - together with other Fiji-based CSOs and CBOs involved in the Project.

The workshop followed the official launch of the C3 Project by the EU Ambassador to Fiji, Mr Julian Wilson, on the morning of Tuesday 17 April at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel. Also officiating at the launch were Ms Leena Rikkila Tamang (Asia and the Pacific Regional Director, IDEA), Mr Adhy Aman (Fiji Country Programme Manager, IDEA), and representing the C3 CSO co-implementers, Mrs Florence Swamy (PCP, Fiji).

The aim of the workshop was to inform and educate participants about the principles of electoral system design and operation and the fundamental precepts of constitutional rights and the rights-based approach. Topics covered from the BRIDGE curriculum included defining electoral systems (Version 3), the underlying principles and different types of electoral systems, the electoral cycle, electoral law (both domestic and international, including international obligations and covenants), access and political rights, electoral observation and electoral complaints, disputes and resolutions. Using BRIDGE methodology, the Fijian situation was examined and discussed for each topic covered, with content customised accordingly.

The workshop was facilitated by Brian Latham (consultant, Australia), Hamidan Bibi (consultant, Fiji) and Ana Mataiciwa (Fijian Elections Office, Fiji).

Evaluation from the 20-25 participants was overall very positive, with all areas covered being well-received in terms of interest, understanding and the BRIDGE methodology. There appeared to be a greater appreciation of the role of the FEO in the full electoral process and an understanding that the FEO has to work within the electoral law. Some miss-held perceptions were also corrected through group discussion and individual responses.

There were numerous requests for further/extended workshops, to be more engaged with the FEO, further educating CSOs particularly on the finer details of the Fijian Electoral system, especially examining the process of transferring votes into seats. There was a general feeling amongst the group that the knowledge learned in the workshop could be successfully translated to other NGO groups and individuals to better inform recipients, to further break down any level of ignorance currently existing.

Caroline Valette (EU) joined the workshop for much of the final day, contributing valuably with her expertise and experience and awarding participants with their BRIDGE Certificate of Completion.

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Election observation BRIDGE Course in Swaziland

IMG 8097The Swaziland Elections Support Network (SESN) under the auspices of the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland (CANGO) is implementing a project titled SUPPORTING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT & EQUALITY IN SWAZILAND (SWEES) supported by the European Union.

Media and Elections Workshops in Zimbabwe

Group Harare BESTBRIDGE Media and Elections Module Workshops held in 3 Regions in Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare) 22 February – 04 March 2018 (3 Workshops)

Ukraine conducts workshop on Electoral Technology

PIANZEA BRIDGE workshop on Strategic Planning

IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine

UNDP Funded BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Dispute Resolution in Luanda

Luand1a three-day BRIDGE workshop, from 13th to 15th December 2017

Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

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Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management

para1Apoyando la igualdad de género en Paraguay a través de la administración electoral

IFES Implements Election Administration & Management BRIDGE Training

Electoral Management Design Workshop in Luanda

Media and HNEC BRIDGE workshop in Tunis

“Elections Management & Operations” BRIDGE Workshop

Introduction to Election Administration Module for League of Arab States

BRIDGE comes to the Federated States of Micronesia

India joins the BRIDGE family

ARTICLE DE LA FORMATION BRIDGE SUR LE MODULE : GENRE ET LES ELECTIONS

UNEAD, UNDP and OIC have organised a Gender and Elections workshop

Group Photo TurkThe workshop was held during 10-12 October, 2017 at SESRIC headquarters, in Ankara, Turkey.

Stockholm runs a workshop aimed at developing a new module

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