The latest news about BRIDGE events in the Asia-Pacific region. 

AEC hosts BRIDGE workshop at Essendon Fields for ECANZ

img01The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on behalf of the Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand (ECANZ), hosted a four-day BRIDGE workshop – Introduction to Electoral Administration – at the AEC’s training facility at Essendon Fields, Melbourne, Victoria from 15 - 18 October 2018.

BRIDGE Workshop in Mongolia - Gender Perspectives & Youth Participation on Elections & Political Finance, June 2018

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







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.

PIANZEA BRIDGE workshop on Strategic Planning

BRIDGE comes to the Federated States of Micronesia

India joins the BRIDGE family

Boundary Delimitation module for Pakistan’s ECP

Legal framework for Pakistan’s ECP ahead of 2018 General Elections

Gender Module for Pakistan’s ECP

DSCN0970from 11 – 13 October, 2017 in Islamabad – Pakistan

ECP-UNDP jointly conduct training on Gender & Elections

"Leveraging Electoral Training Facilities in Democracies"

AAC 0115an international consultative workshop in New Delhi from 24 to 25 July 2017

Gender and Elections workshop ran in Islamabad

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) hosted and funded a BRIDGE Workshop

PNGEC in partnership with the AEC conducts two BRIDGE workshops

ECP, IFES hold Boundary Delimitation workshop in Pakistan

BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Contestants in Honiara Feb 2017

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Bangladesh

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) organised Polling, Counting and Results module

BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshops held in 6 Regions in Bangladesh

Boundary Delimitation Workshop in Canberra!

IFES brings BRIDGE back to Cambodia

IMG 5639Using Voter Education in the Voter registration Process

IFES Brings the Voter Information and Civic Education Modules to Sri Lanka

IMG 5482A workshop combining the BRIDGE Voter Information and Civic Education modules for a regional audience in Colombo

Another success story for BRIDGE from Timor-Leste

TtF Islamabad, Pakistan

IRI and IFES Bangladesh political finance BRIDGE workshop

IFES1conducted a political finance BRIDGE workshop for journalists in Bangladesh

Introduction and Implementation of Political Finance BRIDGE Workshops in Nepal

BRIDGE Workshop for EMB’s on Disability Rights and Election

3 day BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Administration and Management in Nepal

BRIDGE Electoral Security module organised for the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) staff

AWEB organized an introduction to Electoral Administration

three-day BRIDGE training in SriLanka

Sri3Election Administration and Gender and Elections

IFES Bangladesh political finance BRIDGE workshop

bang1IFES Bangladesh, with support from the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) and United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) conducted a political finance

2nd local BRIDGE workshop organised for the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) staff

IFES Disability Rights and Elections Pilot BRIDGE Training

The first local BRIDGE Introduction/Strategic Planning modules workshop

Creating a Network of Democratic Capacity Builders in Bangladesh

thumb IMG 2771 1024UN Women hosted the first BRIDGE Training to Facilitators

The AEC and the VEC joined forces to present a five-day BRIDGE workshop


TtF workshop conducted in Nadi- Fiji on 10-21 August

P1010699Preparation for the workshop was conducted at, and with much assistance
from, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) in Suva, Fiji


BRIDGE Training for KPU Southeast Sulawesi Province

Voter Registration module held in Fiji

FEO/PIANZEA held an Introduction to Electoral Administration and Strategic and Financial Planning workshops

UNDP ESP, with facilitator support from the AEC conducted two two-day workshops in Kathmandu

ESP 3531Nepal on 16-17 and 18-19 March 2015 at the Election Commission of Nepal’s Electoral Education and Information Centre (EEIC).

First BRIDGE TtF For 8 SAARC countries

Nepttf1The workshop that took place from January 18 to 28, 2015 in Kathmandu

BRIDGE Gender, Inclusion and Elections Workshop for CSOs in Surkhet

Nep1BRIDGE Gender, Inclusion and Elections Workshop for CSOs in Surkhet, Nepal, 9-11 November, 2014


Pak924Nov– 9Jan 2015 Training Brief-A new era of BRIDGE has started in Pakistan

BRIDGE Electoral Dispute Resolution Workshop, Lahore

EDRPakGroupThe Electoral Commission of Pakistan in conjunction with the international foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a three-day BRIDGE “Electoral Dispute Resolution Workshop” in Lahore

Gender and Social Inclusion in Elections-Nepal

Nep5The Election Commission of Nepal and the BRIDGE partners conducted a three-day workshop on Gender and Social Inclusion in Elections in two different development regions at different dates-Baglung and Dhangadi

Access to the Electoral Process Nepal-Kathmandu

Kath1The International Foundation for Electoral Systems supported the Election Commission of

BRIDGE Partner meeting November 2014

CBRNov14The BRIDGE partner committee, comprised of representatives from the AEC, IFES, IIDEA, UNDP, UNEAD, met in Canberra from 16-17 November to discuss

Nepal BRIDGE Training on Electoral Administration

Three days BRIDGE Training on Electoral Administration and management for officers who recently joined the ECNKath1

BRIDGE External Voting Course in Lahore, Pakistan on 10 – 11 September 2014

The Electoral Commission of Pakistan in conjunction with the International foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a two-day BRIDGE "External voting Course" in Lahore, Pakistan on 10-11 September 2014.GroupPhotoPakistan1

PIANZEA, DFAT and the AEC have done it again!

Two consecutive week-long combined Civic Education and Media and Elections modular workshops were conducted in September 2014, in Apia, Samoa for participants from PIANZEA member countries, funded by Australian Aid


Workshop week 2 in Samoa

Two consecutive week-long combined Civic Education and Media and Elections modular workshops were conducted in September 2014, in Apia, Samoa for participants from PIANZEA member countries, funded by Australian Aid


Gender and Elections Workshop in Lahore, Pakistan

GroupPhotoGender and Elections Workshop in Lahore, Pakistan

BRIDGE Dispute Resolution in Indonesia

DFAT-Pianzea, AEC, Brisbane-Australia, July 14

DSC 0501The PIANZEA Secretariat, supported by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), conducted three BRIDGE workshops in Brisbane, Australia in July 2014

Introduction to Electoral Administration – Timor-Leste

IMG 0749Two four day BRIDGE workshops were conducted in the Foundation Module of An Introduction to Electoral Administration.

BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation for the Election Commission of Pakistan

DSC 0217As part of IFES program the Support for Electoral Reform in Pakistan (SERP) initiated in April 2012, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), in cooperation with the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP), organised a BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation workshop between 14-16 April 2014 in Lahore, Pakistan.


BRIDGE Voter Registration workshop conducted in Pakistan

11VRThe workshop took place in Islamabad and was attended by members of provincial commissions and electoral administration officials from ECP.

BRIDGE Electoral Technologies workshop took place in Karachi, Pakistan

16BRIDGE Electoral Technologies workshop conducted for the senior election officials from Pakistan

Enhancing Women’s Political Participation in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan1UN Women conducted a workshop with members of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Enhancing Capacity of Election Monitoring Organisations

Group3UNDP Georgia, with financial assistance of EU and in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Georgia



Two workshops were conducted from 3-7 March and 10-13 March 2014 in Dili at the Joao Paulo II training centre in Rai Kotu

Gender & Elections Studied in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan3First-ever BRIDGE Gender and Elections workshop took place in Ashgabat during 11-13 February 2014.

BRIDGE in Tonga

DSCN2900As part of the Australian Government's longstanding support on governance to Tonga, funding has been provided to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and the Tongan Electoral Commission (TEC) to develop electoral education programs for use in schools and the Tongan community.

Building a Network of Civic Educators in Bhutan

needupkinleykuengaThe Election Commission of Bhutan towards building a network of civic educators, engaged a network of people in the Bhutanese education system for delivery of Democracy Civic Education in the country.

PIANZEA sees double

DSC 7265The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), on behalf of the PIANZEA Secretariat, conducted consecutive, identical BRIDGE workshops in Brisbane, Australia on 4-7 November 2013 and 11-14 November 2013.

First Accredited Facilitator from Myanmar

MyanMarAye Yu Thwe is the first fully accredited BRIDGE facilitator from Myanmar

Preparing Elections in Turkmenistan

turkm10UNDP Turkmenistan, in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan, organized the 3-day Electoral Contestants workshop for the group of electoral administration officials and representatives of political parties during 24-26 Sept 2013 at President Hotel, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

IFES Brings BRIDGE to Myanmar

MyanmarTTFGroupAs part of its electoral support work with the Union Election Commission (UEC), IFES Myanmar brought BRIDGE to Myanmar for the first time by conducting a TTF in the capital Nay Pi Taw from 23 July to 2 August 2013.

BRIDGE in Bougainville and Fiji gains momentum....

GenderModuleFijiMy recent scoping mission visit to Buka and Arawa in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific project focusing on gender and local government allowed me to catch up with some of the 2011 BRIDGE facilitators in the region.

Election Training module for Bangladesh

11In the run-up to parliamentary elections due by early 2014, UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral Management in Bangladesh project is supporting the Election Commission of Bangladesh to conduct BRIDGE training modules and develop a pool of accredited facilitators.

Engaging on Gender in Bangladesh

pic13Bangladesh's millions of voters will go to the polls by early 2014 to elect a new parliament,  but many fear that here will be a critical choice missing from most of the ballots - that is the option to vote for a woman candidate.

New Officials for the Nepal Electoral Commission!

NepalFPPThe Election Commission of Nepal with funding support from IFES organized three days workshop for seventeen (two women) new officers joined the Commission recently.

A PIANZEA TTF in One of the World’s Smallest Nations – Niue

As part of the reinvigoration of the Pacific Island, Australian and NewDSC06079 Zealand Electoral Administrator’s (PIANZEA) Network and as an integral element of the current 3-year plan for PIANZEA, a BRIDGE TTF was conducted on the beautiful Island nation of Niue from 18 February to 1 March 2013.

Mohammad Hashim Samim 1974 - 2013

It is very sad to write that one of our best colleagues and BRIDGE facilitator passed away on 11 January 2013.

Facilitators, Training and Nepal

A BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) Program was organized from 23 November 2012 to 04 December 2012.


Political Parties in Paro

Joint Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Electoral Commission of Bhutan (ECB), AusAID Funded, BRIDGE Workshop for Political Parties, Paro, Bhutan
19 – 23 November 2012

BRIDGE and The Nation with 1192 Islands

Nearly five years ago the Island Republic of the Maldives introduced multi-party elections under a comprehensive national Constitution reform agenda.

BRIDGE Gender and Election for Choiseul Province

A five days Gender and Election training workshop was held in Taro, Solomon Islands from 29 October-2 November, 2012 for Choiseul Provincial Council of Women and their stakeholders. 

BRIDGE in Bhutan comes to the East!

In Bhutan, the region referred to as the East is the most remote, exquisitely beautiful and also the most populous. 

BRIDGE Brings PIANZEA Nations Together Again

PIANZEA (the Pacific Island, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators’ Network) has been in operation for some 15 years.

BRIDGE in Rising To Management

In October 2011 the Australian Electoral Commission commenced the first Rising to Management (R2M) program.

Bangladesh's Lively TtF!

Bangladesh Election Commission Officers participated in a lively Train the Facilitator workshop at a Government Training Centre in Dhaka from 18th to 28th September 2012. 

Bangladesh: Legal Framework

Legal Framework Module Bangladesh Election Commission 3 – 5 September 2012.

BRIDGE Voter Registration Training in Kabul

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support of UNDP/ELECT conducted the BRIDGE Voter Registration Program

BRIDGE Voter Information, Civic Education and Election Study Program

The BRIDGE Voter Information, Civic Education and Election Study Program held in Darwin

BRIDGE in Bali!

In collaboration with the General Elections Commission (KPU) the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Indonesia Office conducted a Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) workshop at the Ayodya Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali, from 2 July 2012 to 13 July 2012. Funding for this capacity building program in electoral administration was provided by AusAID, as part of the Australian Government’s continuing support for Indonesia.

BRIDGE Gender & Elections Training Impacts YWPG

The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group further their knowledge on Gender issues affecting women securing leadership roles after undertaking the three day Bridge Gender and Elections Training provided by UN Women Gender Equality and Political Governance program which ended on Wednesday the 22nd August 2012. 

A triumphant return to Sydney!

NSW State Office hosted a four day BRIDGE workshop for Introduction to Electoral Administration from 5 June to 8 June 2012.

Bhutan takes 5 new steps…

On 9 June 2012 Bhutan took 5 new steps along the democracy road!  

Using BRIDGE to Develop Voter Education Programs in Bhutan

Bhutan’s democracy has come a long way in a short time and it has done so in a climate of peace and relative national harmony.

Kabul Dispute Resolution Training

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support of UNDP/ELECT organized the BRIDGE Election Dispute Resolution training program from 5-8 May 2012 in Kabul at IEC head quarter.

Afghanistan Welcomes BRIDGE Training

Following conducting a BRIDGE training program for different civil society organizations and political parties, The Asia Foundation (TAF) once again convened a BRIDGE (Electoral System) training for the next batch of afghan political party representatives from 31 March - 05 April 2012 in Kabul.

Using BRIDGE to build a Voter Education Program for Vanuatu

For many years the Vanuatu Elections Office has been interested in developing a Voter Education program that would be appropriate to the Vanuatu context. Following a Gender and Elections BRIDGE module conducted in Port Vila at the end of 2010, the issue was again raised by the then Principal Electoral Officer.

Workshops in the Kingdom of Bhutan!

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) together conducted a 3-day BRIDGE Electoral Contestants module workshop from 19 to 21 March 2012 at the Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro. 

Dispute Resolution and Observation Workshop in Nepal

Electoral Dispute Resolution and Electoral Observation in any election are very crucial to handle and manage. Both are very important because observation always monitor the integrity of the electoral process and thereby assess the credibility of process whereas EDR ultimately safeguards the integrity and credibility of the process.

A Lively TtF in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Election Commission Officers and staff from the UNDP's Supporting Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) team participated in a lively Train the Facilitator workshop at a Government Training Centre in Dhaka from 4th to 16th March 2012.

1st Ever BRIDGE Workshop for Vanuatu Voter Registration Officers

A first of its kind weeklong BRIDGE Gender and Elections workshop aimed to gender sensitize Voter Registration Coordinators (RCs), Registration Officers (ROs) and Assistant Registration Officers (AROs) for three SANMA Province constituencies of Santo, Malo/Aore and Luganville before registration commenced in preparation for October 2012 General Elections.

Significant steps - New facilitators in Bhutan

The Democratic Constitutional Monarchy of Bhutan took another important step forward in February 2012 with the completion of the inaugural BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop in Phuntsholing.

BRIDGE TtF returns to Melbourne

Ten years after the first BRIDGE TtF workshop was conducted, the 80th TtF was held in Melbourne from 6 to 17 February 2012. It has been more than 3½ years since the last TtF workshop was held in Australia and it was pleasing to see it back to where it all started.

BRIDGE Workshop in the Electoral Education and Information Center (EEIC) in Nepal

The Election Commission of Nepal is pushing and probing itself as a dynamic and capable professional institution in the field of election management through its diverse nature of activities.

BRIDGE Stakeholders Workshop in Bhutan

What does it mean in an electoral context to be a stakeholder? This question was posed to the group gathered for the BRIDGE Stakeholders Module in Thimphu from 21-25 November 2011.

Media and Elections Modules Conducted in Dili Timor-Leste

So I am finally travelling to Dili to work with Ross and Augusto on BRIDGE! It is a long time since I first met Augusto at a TTF in Melbourne and I have fond memories of his friendship and good humour.

Another Successive Module Training: From an Island in the West to an Island in the East

Another successive trainings, only 2 days apart were again conducted In Indonesia under the KPU-AEC BRIDGE banner.

BRIDGE Goes to Sumatera and Kalimantan

Since the beginning of the Indonesia General Election Commission (KPU) BRIDGE program back in 2009, the venue has never before been in these islands: Sumatera and Kalimantan.

Two Back to Back Module Training in Neighboring Provinces

Since the conduct of the Module Training in Lombok in May 2011, the Indonesia General Election Commission (KPU) and the AEC BRIDGE program has come into a full speed.

Gender and Elections Workshop in Nepal

Election Commission of Nepal and the UNDP Electoral Support Programme for Nepal hosted a BRIDGE workshop to pilot the model 3 day agenda on Gender and Elections

BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshop Central Province, Papua New Guinea 3 - 7 October 2011

Sub-Regional National Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections, BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshop for the Civil Society organizations in NCD and Central Provinces.

Civic Education and Voter Information modules. Bhutan, September 2011.

Civic Education and Voter Information modules. Bhutan, September 2011.

Media and Elections Workshop in Portuguese and Tetum in Timor Leste

From 15 to 22 September, the BRIDGE workshop on Media and Elections was conducted simultaneously in Portuguese and in Tetum in Dili, Timor Leste, in the context of the Project in Support of the 2010-2013 Electoral Cycles

BRIDGE Electoral Systems and Gender for EMB and stakeholders in Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme held an Electoral Systems and Gender workshop from 5th – 9th September 2011 for Electoral Management Body (EMB) and stakeholders in Honiara, Solomon Islands.   

Civic Education Modules Conducted in Dili Timor-Leste

Two Civic Education Module workshops were conducted in Dili East Timor for participants

AEC and VEC BRIDGE Introduction workshop

The BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration module was run as a three day workshop in Melbourne

Report on the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) Course held in Nepal

The Electoral Commission of Nepal - ECN in conjunction with International Foundation for Electoral Systems- IFES organised a BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) course on 27 June – 08 July 2011 in Godavari Village Resort at Lalitpur

BRIDGE in Portuguese in Timor Leste - A TTF in the Timorese capital, Dili

From 1 to 12 August, the first BRIDGE course in Portuguese was conducted in the seaside capital of Timor Leste, Dili.

BRIDGE Implementation in Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme successfully hosted a three days BRIDGE Implementation training workshop from August 1 – 3 in the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara.

21 Bouganvilleans get International Accreditation as Elections and Gender Facilitators

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) ends the first BRIDGE

Another Double Introductory Module Conducted In Timor-Leste

As part of the Australian Government’s longstanding support for East Timor, funding was provided by AusAID to conduct training to further develop the capacity of electoral administration in Timor-Leste.

BRIDGE Gender and Election in Makira-Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme conducted a BRIDGE Gender and Election workshop in Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province from 11th – 15th July 2011.

BRIDGE – Gender and Elections

The Election Commission of Bhutan conducted a 5 day BRIDGE Gender and Election module training workshop at Hotel Holiday Home, Paro, Bhutan from 27 to 31 December 2010.

Boundary Delimitation Workshop in Australia

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) conducted a BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation workshop in Melbourne from 06 - 08 July 2011.

Introductory Collaborative Workshop in Thimphu, Bhutan June 2011

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) together conducted BRIDGE training

The Third TtF in Kabul in June 2011

After conducting TtFs in Afghanistan in 2006 and in 2007 the IEC (Independent Election Commission) have followed this up with several BRIDGE workshops.

BRIDGE Electoral Systems Module in Australia

From April 11- 13, 2011 delegates from the PIANZEA Network gathered in Brisbane Australia to participate in the BRIDGE Electoral Systems module.

BRIDGE’s Gender and Election Module reaches Binu Community, Solomon Islands

The four facilitators travelled and lived with the community for five days at Binu village on the island of Guadalcanal.

TtF - Com, Timor Leste

The first BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) workshop in Timor Leste was conducted in Com in April 2011.

UN Women extends its BRIDGE programme to a rural community in Solomon Islands

UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme ended another successful awareness programme using BRIDGE’s Gender and Election module from 4th – 8th April, 2011.

UN Women’s second BRIDGE Gender and Election Workshop for Provincial Participants in the Solomon Islands

UN Women in partnership with the Women in Shared Decision Making (WISDM) and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs Women’s Development Division ended a week long training workshop

BRIDGE for Polynesia

The PIANZEA Network, with funding from AusAID’s Pacific PSLP program is conducting a series of BRIDGE workshops aimed at building knowledge and the capacity of electoral staff in the Pacific to assist them in the conduct of elections.

BRIDGE joins CNE to celebrate 4th birthday – February 2011

As part of the Australian Government’s longstanding support for East Timor, funding was provided by AusAID to conduct training to further develop the capacity of electoral administration in Timor-Leste.

Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC) Twinning Project – Not One But Two!

BRIDGE has played a stimulating and initiating role as part of two Study Programs organised under the AEC / PNGEC Twinning Project.  Funding and support was provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), AEC National Office and AEC offices in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ).

BRIDGE Goes Down to the Provincial Level in the Solomon Islands

A week long training workshop on Gender and Elections organized by the United Nations Development Fund for Women or UNIFEM

A BRIDGE first for Republic of the Marshall Islands

Men and women who participated in a three-day BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module had never thought that a workshop as such would even begin to change their thinking

RIP Tom Alick Kalo

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this article.  Last night our good friend and colleague from the Vanuatu Electoral Office, Tom Alick Kalo passed away suddenly.

Gender and Elections in Port Moresby, PNG - ‘Meri na man olgeta!1’

Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Twinning Project, funded by AusAID, have successfully conducted two BRIDGE Gender and Elections Modules in Port Moresby

Learning with a Smile in Indonesia

The Indonesia BRIDGE programme 2010 was designed by UNDP and the Indonesian Election Commission (KPU) as part of the UNDP multi-donor programme-support to Indonesian’s democratic elections.

Gender & Elections - Vanuatu 2010

The Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) Network, hosted by the Australian Electoral Commission and funded by AusAID, conducted the BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module

Political Finance Workshop for ECP

Between 27-29 of September 2010, IFES Pakistan, in partnership with Election Commission of Pakistan

Piloting of the new BRIDGE Module on Political Financing in Pakistan

IFES Pakistan, in partnership with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), has organized a political financing workshop

BRIDGE workshop for MPs discuss quotas and reserved seats for Vanuatu

Countries of the Pacific region have the lowest levels of women’s representation in parliaments in the world.

UNIFEM GEPG Empowers Elected Members of Parliament of Vanuatu

Over 40 of the 52 elected members of the Vanuatu Parliament attended each day for five days a second of its kind BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshop for the Member of Parliament in the Pacific.

BRIDGE Gender Module for Political Parties in PNG

A ground breaking introduction to BRIDGE Gender and Elections Modules since its inception in the Pacific Islands in 2004, was made to a group of Political Parties in PNG.

NDI Afghanistan - BRIDGE for Elections Observers …30 Days before Polling Day

BRIDGE NDI KabulIn preparation for the upcoming general elections in Afghanistan, The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) organized its first BRIDGE workshop (Observation Module)

Curriculum Development Workshop for KPU Staff – A World First!

IndonThumbOn the 13-16 July 2010, a new approach to the implementation of a long term strategy for the use of BRIDGE was trialled in Indonesia.

TtF Bandung Indonesia

Indonesia Group Photo ThumbA BRIDGE Train the Facilitator course was held at the Padma Hotel in Bandung Indonesia

BRIDGE workshop and presence in Papua New Guinea

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day in March this year,

UNIFEM BRIDGE Gender Workshops in Sanma, Vanuatu

Kisule_Participants_with_Facilitators_thumbThe United Nations Development Fund for Women or UNIFEM recently held three successful BRIDGE workshops.

Afghanistan BRIDGE facilitator killed in plane crash

P_2_4On 17 May 2010 a Pamir Airline flying from Kundoz province to Kabul crashed in the north mountains of Afghanistan killing all thirty-eight passengers.

First BRIDGE Workshop in Turkmenistan

TurkmenistanThumbUNDP Turkmenistan in cooperation with National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights and Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan,

A New Start for BRIDGE in Indonesia

TtFThumbBaliFollowing a needs assessment and two showcases funded and conducted by UNDP’s Indonesia office in November 2009,

Double the effectiveness - Gender and Elections in Timor Leste - Twice!

ETimor ThumbSecretariado Técnico Administração Eleitoral (STAE) decided to conduct BRIDGE Gender and Elections module


Gender and Elections module for Electoral Commission of Nepal staff

NepalthumbAs part of IFES, UNDP and International IDEA's ongoing support of the Election Commission of Nepal’s BRIDGE program,

Media, Gender & Elections - Honiara


thumbSIApril2010A BRIDGE workshop covering the Media, Gender and Election modules was conducted in Honiara

Gender & Elections, Bougainville

BougainvilleMarch2010The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in cooperation with the Government of Papua New Guinea

BRIDGE in the AEC State Office in Perth, Western Australia

Thumbnail PerthA BRIDGE workshop covering the Foundation module ‘Introduction to Electoral Administration’ was conducted in Perth on 9 – 12 March 2010 for nine WA AEC officers and one member of the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

18 Solomon Islanders get accredited

ThumbSolTtFUNIFEM, Honiara- The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Pacific Regional Office) ends the Train the Facilitator's (TtF) workshop in Honiara, on Friday following a two weeks intensive training module.

ABRIDGE second training session for political parties in Kabul

thumbafghanistanThe ABRIDGE second session  for political parties was conducted by an initiative of the Asia Foundation from January 30 to February 3, 2010 in TAF’s training hall  in Kabul.

Further BRIDGE in Nepal

PokharaFour BRIDGE workshops, each covering the Pre-Election Activities and Electoral Training modules, were conducted Nepal in November 2009.

Gender and Elections Workshop - Kiribati

KirabatiGenderThumbThe workshop was opened by the Minister of Internal and Social Affairs (MISA), UNIFEM GEPG partner for the conduct of the workshop.

BRIDGE Training Workshop - Bhutan

bhutanThumbReport on the conduct of BRIDGE Training Workshop for the Delimitation Assistants from 5 to 14 January 2010 at Phuntsholing, Bhutan.

TtF Vanuatu 2009

VanTtF2009Web-4The workshop was initially planned for representatives of six provinces and two municipalities of Vanuatu. However, in attempting to fast track the rolling out of GEPG using BRIDGE methodology in the Pacific other participants were included: two men from PNG and another from UNIFEM Regional Office in Suva,Fiji.

Gender Workshop: Opening Remarks by Ms Ethel Sigimanu, MWYCA

It is a great honor and privilege to be here this morning especially to be involved in a subject which is very close to my heart. 

BRIDGE Workshop - AEC Victoria

Recently the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) organised a BRIDGE (Introduction) workshop for new staff in their Victorian State Office.

FSM BRIDGE Gender and Elections Workshop


The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in cooperation with the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) hosted the "Sub-Regional Building Resources in Democracy, Governance & Elections (BRIDGE) Gender and Elections Module Workshop" for Countries in Northern Micronesia - 13 to 23 July, 2009 (Pohnpei, FSM).

BRIDGE Train the Facilitators (TtF) workshop Islamabad - Pakistan

As part of USAID funded program to support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), IFES Pakistan has conducted several BRIDGE workshops between June and August 2009.


BRIDGE Program Launched in Pakistan

Pakistan has held sporadic provincial and general elections since 1947 and 1970, respectively. Nine general elections have been held, but electoral cycles have often been truncated by periods of military rule. The Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is the independent electoral management body (EMB) responsible for both national and local elections. The most recent elections were held on February 18, 2008.


The Communication and Information Strategy Branch of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) recently held the first two-day BRIDGE workshop for its national office staff. The fact that many of its staff have not been through a full election cycle provided a strong motivation for putting aside the daily tasks to stand back and consider the bigger election picture.

BRIDGE in Nepal July 2009

Electoral system choice is a hot topic in Nepal as the Constituent Assembly is soon to decide upon a new electoral system and constitution. To assist with the debate three BRIDGE workshops were run on the topic of electoral systems in July. They were organized by International IDEA in collaboration with UNDP, IFES and the Nepal Electoral Commission.

AEC staff deliver BRIDGE sessions in Timor Leste

Brian Latham (Lead and Accrediting Facilitator) and Gordon Marshall arrived in Timor Leste with short prior notice to deliver three workshops consecutively over an eight working day period. We arrived early on a Friday morning and spent a very busy Friday and weekend with Augusto Pereira and Pedro da Silva (translator) preparing for the first two workshops which were scheduled from Monday to Friday that following week.

First ABRIDGE for Political Parties in Kabul

An ABRIDGE workshop was conducted in Kabul for twenty four political party representatives between May 9 to 13, 2009. 

BRIDGE for Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) - March 2009

Number one!

We humans love to be first to do things.  Bhutan is a unique country, which already has achieved its fair share of 'firsts', especially when it comes to its recent transition to become a Democratic Constitutional Monarchy.

Talking Dispute Resolution in Jakarta

Jakarta in Indonesia was the location for a recently held BRIDGE course on Electoral Dispute Resolution. Upcoming elections in Indonesia, scheduled for 9 April, meant that election fever across the country was heating up during the course preparations. Amidst daily newspaper headlines on the elections and campaign posters starting to decorate the capital, course preparations was in full swing by the time we arrived on the ground.

BRIDGE Showcase for the Election Commission of Pakistan

During the weekend of 14-15 February 2009, seventeen members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) participated in a BRIDGE Project showcase event organized by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). The event was organized to introduce the BRIDGE Project to senior decision makers and management of the ECP and aimed at equipping participants with enough background to make an informed decision about whether this curriculum would be an appropriate professional development tool to be used by the ECP.

BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator in Fiji

My fellow participant Coralie-Ann Bishoff Towgood and I from the Cook Islands attended BRIDGE “Train the Facilitator” (TTF) workshop which was co-sponsored by UNIFEM’s “Gender Equality to Political Governance in the Pacific: Stronger Women Citizens and Leaders” project.


BRIDGE Workshop - Vanuatu

A Media and Elections Module - BRIDGE regional workshop was identified by the USP Democracy and Electoral Studies Project to enhance capacity toward Working with Electoral Stakeholders.

This regional workshop was attended by 22 participants from Kiribati, Vanuatu,Solomon Islands, Fiji and UNDP. Majority of the participants were from Vanuatu. The workshop proper was held from Monday to Friday (midday), with a cultural tour conducted on Wednesday whereby participants had to identify cross cutting themes and report back the next day.

Planning in the Pacific

A four day workshop of the foundation module Strategic and Financial Planning was held in Fiji from 23 to 26 February 2009.

Election Adventures in warm and welcoming Darwin

The fifth of the planned BRIDGE modules with staff of Secretariado Tecnico Administracao Eleitoral (STAE) was to have been conducted in Dili in October as were the previous four BRIDGE Modules delivered in 2008. However, whenever an opportunity presents itself it is certainly part of BRIDGE philosophy to 'seize the day'!

Building Mountains - BRIDGE at the top of the World

After a successful scoping mission conducted in August 2007 jointly by UNDP, IDEA and IFES, BRIDGE was recommended to the Electoral Commission of Nepal as a possible capacity development tool.

Comments of the Civic Education Module

I attended the BRIDGE Civic Education module on Monday 29th - Thursday 2nd October 2008. It was a very useful experience because I learned a lot of new information about the methodologies, knowledge, skills and disposition to be developed or transferred or encouraged in a Civic Education program and a lot of grey areas, like the place of morals and values in a democracy were made clear. There were some strong opinions for and against spiritual development going along with or side by side with social, economic, cultural, technological and political development and it was fascinating to hear the various views and different ideological positions on this topic.

Civic Education Module for Regional Pacific Nations

This is an AusAID funded BRIDGE conducted by the Electoral Studies section of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Democracy and Governance (PIAS-DG) Southern Cross Hotel 29th Sept – 3rd October 2008. There were 33 participants attending from 6 countries across the Pacific including Fiji, Niue, Solomon, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The participants were a mixture of experienced election administrators and officials from other organizations and NGOs from the region and Staff from the UNDP Civic Education Project in Fiji

A Jack of all Trades

BRIDGE participants in Timor-Leste added electoral training to their list of enhanced skills following the successful completion of the Electoral Training Module in Dili from 15th to 18th September 2008.

The Long and the Short of it

Another successful BRIDGE module has been completed in East Timor with the staff from Secretariado Técnico Administração Eleitoral (STAE).  The training was conducted in Dili for the 13 STAE district coordinators and 14 STAE Dili staff from Monday 28 July to Thursday 31 July 08. On this occasion there were some new facilitators and speakers who added an invigorating flavour to the sessions.

BRIDGE TTF Suva July 2008 - Report

An AusAID funded BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course (TtF) was conducted by the Electoral Studies section of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Democracy and Governance (PIAS-DG) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in July 2008.

If the Shoe Fits

BRIDGE often employs learning strategies that use our every day life experiences to introduce us to sometimes complex and difficult electoral issues.

HYBRIDGE - Good Soil Much Fruit

There is a parable about a farmer who sows seeds.

Melbourne Train the Facilitator Course

A dual TTF was conducted in Melbourne in 2008.

The Universal Language of Football

The new Foundation Module, Strategic and Financial Planning was conducted for the first time in Dili East Timor for 27 staff of the Secretariado Técnico De Administração Eleitoral (STAE) and funded through AusAID's East Timor Electoral Capacity Development Project.

BRIDGE in Afghanistan in 2008

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan following conducting the different BRIDGE modules in Afghanistan since 2006, from 2 Feb-17 Apr 2008 conducted the BRIDGE module 4(Boundary Delimitation) & 6 (Contestant) jointly in 3 different sessions with financial support of AusAID through TAF (The Asia Foundation) organization in Afghanistan). In total 77 participants were attended.

ABRIDGE for Afghanistan's IEC Staff

ABRIDGE training course was conducted from 17 to 22 November 2007 in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Twenty-six participants from Independent Election Commission HQ and field staff attended this training course.


From December 5-12 the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) network, with funding from AusAID through the Pacific Governance Support Program (PGSP), conducted two BRIDGE Modules in Auckland New Zealand.

The first module, Electoral Observers was run from December 5-7 with the second, Election Disputes Resolution, being conducted from December 10-12.

BRIDGE Returns to its Roots in East Timor

BRIDGE was first delivered in East Timor back in 2001, with Paul Guerin and Ross Attrill developing and delivering the very first modules. After a six-year break BRIDGE returned to the place it first started, with the delivery of two Introduction to Electoral Administration Modules conducted in Dili 6 December and 11 - 14 December).

BRIDGE Modules in Afghanistan

From June to November in 2007, the IEC (Independent Election Commission) with financial support of TAF (The Asia Foundation ) conducted the Electoral Systems and Public Outreach BRIDGE modules.

BRIDGE in the Cook Islands

BRIDGE came to Polynesia in September, following successful courses in Micronesia and Melanesia, when the Cook Islands hosted the Voter Information module. Participants from Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Niue joined their Cook Islands hosts at the Edgewater Resort for the four-day course.

BRIDGE for EMBs in Micronesia

The BRIDGE Introduction module was conducted in Guam between May 21 to May 25, for representatives of the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) across Micronesia.

The Second TtF in Afghanistan

The BRIDGE course has been implemented in Afghanistan since 2005. The IEC (Independent Election Commission) of Afghanistan and other stakeholders (like FEFA) found the BRIDGE project to be the best and most productive curriculum to build up the election knowledge for the individuals that are actually involved with the running of elections.

The PIANZEA Network Fifth Bienniel Workshop

The PIANZEA Network conducted their fifth Workshop in the very beautiful Iririki Island Resort in Port Vila Vanuatu. The PIANZEA Workshop is conducted biennially and is a meeting of electoral commissioners (or their representatives) from each of the 20 member electoral management bodies (EMBs) of the Pacific region plus associate members the University of the South. The focus of the Workshop was on boundary delimitation. The Workshop was facilitated by the AEC's Ross Attrill and Alistair Legge and administrative support was provided by Erik Scholte.

BRIDGE for PIANZEA Representatives

The Electoral Systems module of BRIDGE will be conducted for representatives attending the fifth PIANZEA (Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network) meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu. This course is funded under AusAID's Pacific Governance Support Program and will commence on April 19 at the close of the PIANZEA meeting.