May 5, 2009

CEDP Newsletters

CEDP Newsletters   CEDP Newsletter: Issue 1 PDF – 550 KB (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view) CEDP Newsletter: Issue 2 PDF  – 550 Kb (Requires Adobe […]
March 26, 2009

BRIDGE is back in Burkina Faso

From March 11 to 21, 2009 a BRIDGE workshop was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This 10-day training targeted the political parties of Burkina Faso in addition to EMBs from Guinea-Bissau and Benin. The CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) of Burkina Faso organized this BRIDGE with the support of UNDP. Mr. Moussa Michel Tapsoba, the President of the CENI headed both the opening and closing sessions of the workshop.

December 8, 2008

Contact Us

The BRIDGE Office The BRIDGE Office is the central point of information for BRIDGE.  Located in Melbourne, Australia the BRIDGE Office exists to provide support and advice to anyone […]
October 17, 2008

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.

October 3, 2008


BRIDGE Coordinator Ross Attrill Curriculum Coordinator Yvonne Goudie Website Coordinator Ben Murray Editorial Team Ross Attrill Melanie Chan Yvonne Goudie Paul Guerin General Editing Alexandra Hovelacque […]
September 11, 2008

BRIDGE Video Channel

September 10, 2008


The BRIDGE Curriculum Please click on the following folder to access the curriculum folders:        Information About the BRIDGE Curriculum Update Process     What are BRIDGE updates? […]
August 25, 2008

Facilitation Levels

Strategic Issues  Each month the newsletter will focus on a BRIDGE implementation issue with the aim of either setting guidelines (if possible), or encouraging discussion in […]
July 8, 2008

BRIDGE Regional Photos

Americas: Africa: Arab World: Asia Pacific: Europe: Train the Facilitator – TtF Workshops    
June 18, 2008

BRIDGE Network Newsletter: June 2008

Welcome to the June edition of the BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) Network Newsletter.   The past six months have been a busy […]
May 21, 2008

Terms of Use 2

Welcome to the BRIDGE Project website. By using this site, you are agreeing to be bound by the following terms and conditions. If you do not […]
April 17, 2008

A BRIDGE 2 Far? Not far enough…

Together with its partners, International IDEA launched Version 2 of the Building Resources in Democracy and Governance (BRIDGE) Project on 26 March 2008. Aimed at supporting the professional development of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), BRIDGE is to date the most comprehensive curriculum on electoral processes.

April 13, 2008

Signing of BRIDGE Project in Egypt

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Human Rights and the United Nations yesterday signed a document for a new phase of the project on building resources for democracy and governance (Bridge) in Egypt.


April 10, 2008

BRIDGE Partners Announce the Launch of Version 2

The BRIDGE project partners launched Version Two of the Building Resources in Democracy and Governance (BRIDGE) Project in New York on March 26, 2008. The event drew dozens of international electoral experts and members of the diplomatic, non-profit and United Nations communities at International IDEA' headquarters.
March 25, 2008

Malawi Electoral Commission staff undergo training

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), with support from UNDP Malawi, are training the fourth group of secretariat staff at Hippo View Lodge in Liwonde, Malawi from 18th to 22nd February 2008.
March 24, 2008

BRIDGE Curriculum Expands to Version 2

After much hard work the upgrade of the BRIDGE Electoral Administrators Course curriculum has finally been completed, with the official launch of BRIDGE Version 2 to be held at International IDEA's office in New York on 26 March 2008, in the presence of representatives of the BRIDGE partner organisations and IDEA Member States.

August 22, 2007


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May 17, 2006

Version 2: Progress Report

One of the recommendations of the 2005 BRIDGE Expert Advisory Group (EAG) meeting in Melbourne was to update BRIDGE to Version 2 by the end of 2006. The BRIDGE Project Office in Melbourne is coordinating this goal.

BRIDGE Version 2 is being further internationalised by commissioning expert writers from as many cultural and language backgrounds as possible. We have writers from every continent and region (the Americas, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia and New Zealand) – and this group will expand in the second ‘batch’ of writing contracts for the second half of 2006.

May 4, 2006


The third Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) Network BRIDGE Advisory Group Meeting was held in the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji between 27-28 April 2006. The meeting followed on those held in Canberra in March 2004 and in Honiara in May 2005, and was funded by AusAID under the Pacific Governance Support Program.

April 23, 2006


BRIDGE workshops were recently conducted in Port Moresby, Mt Hagen and Madang for staff from Provincial Administrations who had previous elections experience

April 20, 2006

BRIDGE for civil society organisations in Angola

The first BRIDGE training workshop for election-related civil society organisations was held March 6 - 17, 2006 at SaferAfrica, 173 Beckett Street Arcadia in Pretoria, South Africa. This was aimed at building the enabling capacity of the Plataforma Electoral Angolana [This is a coalition of Angola-based civil society organisation involved in the electoral process in Angola] to play an effective role in the electoral process in Angola. To achieve this aim, the training focused on selected components of the BRIDGE modules. The training was conducted in both English and Portuguese. This ABRIDGE workshop was funded and coordinated by SaferAfrica[SaferAfrica ( is an independent, professional, non-profit association which assists in the development of responsible and self-reliant good governance structures in the South in peace and security] based in South Africa. The training was facilitated by Theophilus Dowetin with Kenneth Mpyisi as co-facilitator.

March 23, 2006

Late Night Live Interview – Solomon Islands

A radio program 'Late Night Live' on the Australian Broadcasting Authority, recently aired a discussion about the forthcoming elections in the Solomon Islands. The program titled 'Clean Elections, Solomon Style' touches on how the BRIDGE course has been used in this context. You can listen to the interview by downloading it from the media section of this site or simply by clicking the following link:



March 22, 2006

Public Outreach Module Conducted in Darwin

On the 6th and 7th of March 2006 Bridge Module 3: Public Outreach was undertaken in the Northern Territory of Australia. This was the first time this module has been delivered.

The module was chosen by the NT AEC office for its relevance to current operational activities and also its broad appeal to the non-electoral participants in the course.

Attendees came from the AEC’s Northern Territory Office, The Northern Territory Electoral Commission and the Northern Territory Parliament House Liaison and Information Unit. All participants came with some degree of experience in public outreach activity, although the degree of experience varied significantly.

March 14, 2006

Solomon Islanders become BRIDGE Consultants

Two Solomon Islanders who have been working on the Civic Education Project (CEP) have been selected to work with curriculum writers from around the world to write version 2 of the Building Resources In Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) manuals. Audrey Manu, the CEP National Coordinator and Tina Harihiru, one of the CEP Provincial Team Coordinators for Malaita were two of the three writers who wrote the curriculum for the Civic Education Project. The third writer was Linda Puia Tamaika.

The CEP has just completed its second Phase across the country.

February 10, 2006

BRIDGE for District Electoral Officers in Ghana

Ghana District Officers Group

A BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) training course in English was held in Accra, Ghana from December 1 - 9, 2005 for newly recruited District Electoral Officers of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The Commission is scheduled to conduct nationwide Local Government Elections in 2006.

February 9, 2006

Fiji Elections Office focuses on team

Fiji Times Online

THE Elections Office is focusing on building a strong team of certified electoral administrators to face the challenge of conducting a transparent and fair election.

The training program is organised by the Democracy and Electoral Studies (DSP) Program of the Institute of Governance at USP and is being run in partnership with the Elections Office and the Australian Electoral Commission.

February 9, 2006

Fiji BRIDGE Workshop

Press Releases - Fiji Government Online (

Workshop vital to election preparation - Naivalu

The 'Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections' (BRIDGE) workshop organised for Electoral Administrators and District Commissioners from through out the country is vital and of great importance said the Commissioner Northern Misieli Naivalu.

February 5, 2006


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February 5, 2006


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December 14, 2005

Burkina Faso TtF – Sept 04

September 2004 saw the first francophone Train the Facilitator run in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It was organised by the Centre for Democratic Governance (CDG) in Burkina Faso with the assistance of International IDEA and the UNDP, and facilitated by Maria Helena Alves, Haoua Bissiri and Alexandra Hovelacque, with CDG Director Augustin Loada and the invaluable assistance of CDG staff. This is the conclusion from the report on the session:

December 14, 2005

A BRIDGE Train the Facilitator in Melbourne

TtF returned to Melbourne in May 2005 and drew participants from a wide range of countries. This is an extract from a case study included in the AEC's 2004-2005 Annual Report:

November 25, 2005
Accra Train the Facilitator Group Photo

The first Train the Facilitator in West Africa

Ghana welcomed BRIDGE in August 2005 when a Train the Facilitator (TtF) course was held in Accra, the first TtF run in West Africa. This course was co-organised by IDEA and the Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA) and trained 26 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana and the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP). These facilitators are now accredited to provide electoral management training in the region.

November 11, 2004


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