Bibik

September 14, 2021

Voter and Civic Education workshop in Armenia

The workshop aimed to examine approaches on civic education, electoral education and voter information. Participants were trained on how to build effective voter education programs and build long term strategies on civic education. The practical part included the development of the voter education complex program for Armenia local elections scheduled for autumn 2021. Therefore, the workshop was constructed on Eight Step approach of implementing the VCE program. The workshop was conducted on August 31- September 03, 2021 in Yerevan, Armenia and facilitated by international facilitators Iuliia Shypilova and Tetyana Bibik. Twenty-one participants from the civil society, territorial election commissions, academia and UNDP attended the workshop. Special attitudes and approaches were developed to engage participants in the training. Energizers and group work was under the special emphasis for such special target group. The participants marked both formats and content of the workshop, making a special emphasis on the dynamic of the workshop. Participants underlined the importance of civic education in Armenia, emphasizing the need to formulate election messages based on values and necessity to disseminated them to reach out various groups of voters. They valued a large number of examples of civic education campaigns and cases form other countries.   The workshop has met its objectives. Final evaluation was arranged by targeting the stakeholders’ learning outcomes and future usage of the knowledge. Participants marked the value of mixed groups of participants where there is a place to develop broader civic education programs. Many participants noted the value of the international experience given within four days. Also, participants marked interactive approach of the workshop and lots of practical exercises. At the end, all the participants have received certificates in recognition of completion of 4-day VCE workshop.
August 13, 2021

Voter and Civic Education workshop in Armenia

UNDP Armenia in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Armenia, and with the financial support of UNDP, EU, Governments of Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Voter and Civic Education V3. The workshop aimed to examine approaches on civic education, electoral education and voter information. Participants were trained on how to build effective voter education programs and build long term strategies on civic education. The practical part included the development of the voter education complex program for Armenia local elections scheduled for autumn 2021. Therefore, the workshop was constructed on Eight Step approach of implementing the VCE program. The workshop was conducted on August 05-08, 2021 in Antarut, Armenia and facilitated by international facilitators Iuliia Shypilova and Tetyana Bibik. Twelve participants from the CEC of Armenia, IFES and UNDP attended the workshop. The sessions engaged the participants with high interaction and enabled them to discuss the various steps of development and implementation of the Voter and Civic Education Programs. Some of the sessions encouraged participants to be creative and engaged them to develop their own voter education programs for the upcoming elections.  The members and staffers of the Armenian CEC emphasized the importance of voter education programs before elections and value of civic education during the whole electoral cycle. The workshop has met its objectives. Final evaluation was arranged by targeting the stakeholders’ learning outcomes and future usage of the knowledge. Participants marked the value of mixed groups of participants where there is a place to develop broader civic education programs. Many participants noted the value of the international experience given within five days. Also, participants marked interactive approach of the workshop and lots of practical exercises. At the end, all the participants have received certificates in recognition of completion of 5-day VCE workshop. {Additional Image 5:20:medium} {Additional Image 6:21:medium} {Additional Image 7:22:medium} {Additional Image 8:23:medium} {Additional Image […]
July 15, 2021

Gender and Elections Workshop in Armenia

UNDP Armenia conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Gender and Elections in 4 Armenian localities, that included Tzaghkadzor, Dilizhan, Vanadzor and Yerevan. Participants learnt gender stereotypes, international standards regulating women`s participation in politics, and gender quotas; looked at the gender oriented public funding and the role of CSOs in increasing women`s participation in elections and learnt how to build effective voter and civic education campaigns on this topic. In particular, workshop participants reviewed the elements, objectives and guiding principles of a legal framework; explored primary sources for international electoral standards and the impact of differing legal interpretations; learnt on rights and access for women in politics; identified needs and roles of key players; compared international experience with the one in Armenia; reviewed the types of gender incentives under the public funding and examined accepted standards and principles in relation on increasing women`s participation in elections. The workshops were held in Tsaghkadzor, on June 18-19, 2021, in Dilijan, on June 22, in Vanadzor, on June 24, in Yerevan on June 26 and hosted by the UNDP. The workshops were facilitated by BRIDGE accrediting-level facilitators Iuliia Shypilova and Tetyana Bibik. Sixty-six participants from local NGOs, gender activists and students took active part in the workshop. Interactive exercises were proposed for participants, so that they learn in role playing. The formats included the following: brain storming sessions, level playing fields, work in groups, all these formats helped participants to learn in more effective way. The participants marked both formats and content of the workshop. They mentioned that the subject of the workshop was very new for them. They said that due to interactive exercises, easy formats, methodology and structured approach, they learnt the new topic and succeeded to get better use out of it. As to the content, participants said they liked the logic on how the agenda was built. They valued case studies and examples of other countries on increase of women in the political processes. Talking about formats of the workshop they mentioned that diversity of formats and interactional exercises brought knowledge in the user-friendly format for their better understanding and perception. Participants throughout the workshop have expressed interest and actively engaged in all the activities. They have appreciated the creativity and structural approach preparations of work of the facilitators and have evaluated all the topics with the highest marks. The workshops have met its objectives. Final evaluation was arranged dividing participants in target groups and focusing on the impact of the workshop, as well as future usage of the knowledge received during the workshop. At the end, all the participants have received certificates in recognition of completion of the workshop on Gender and Elections. {Additional Image 5:20:medium} {Additional Image 6:21:medium} {Additional Image 7:22:medium} {Additional Image 8:23:medium} {Additional Image […]
May 11, 2021

Political Finance Workshop in Kyrgyzstan

UNDP Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyz Republic, and with the financial support of Government of Switzerland, conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Political Finance V3. The workshop aimed to give participants knowledge on the definition and international standards on political finance, the role and functions of the law enforcement bodies, and gender oriented public funding and the role of CSOs in political finance. Participants were trained on ways how to regulate political finance; they looked at the Election Cycle and specific activities within it; they learnt how to regulate donations and fees, expenditures, public funding and disclosure. Participants looked at the international experience of the law enforcement and bodies in the political finance; learnt about the types of abuses of the administrative resource and sanctions. Major emphasis was made on the gender oriented public funding as an incentive to increase the number of women in politics and the role of NGOs in the monitoring and providing better analysis and data on the political finance. The practical part included interactive exercises to get better understanding of how the political finances are regulated in the world. The workshop was conducted on April 26-29, 2021 at “Europa” Hotel, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The workshop was facilitated by international facilitators Iuliia Shypilova and Tetyana Bibik. Twenty-eight participants from the CEC of Kyrgyz Republic, political parties, local NGOs, educational institutions and banks attended the workshop. Participants marked a successful format of the workshop that included various types of activities that allowed them to better learn materials. They also mentioned that the 800-page manual prepared by facilitators, will serve them as a handbook on political finance for self-education.  Sessions on public funding, the role of law enforcement bodies and NGOs helped participants better model the future regulations on political finances in Kyrgyzstan. CEC Kyrgyzstan emphasized on the importance of such workshop and expressed their opinion that more participants among EMB will require such training. The workshop has met its objectives. Final evaluation was arranged by targeting the stakeholders’ learning outcomes and future usage of the knowledge. Participants marked the value of mixed groups of participants that helped them better learn goals of each other and exchange experience.  Many participants noted the value of the international experience given within four days. Also, participants marked interactive approach of the workshop and lots of practical exercises. At the end, all the participants have received certificates in recognition of completion of 4-day workshop on political finance. {Additional Image 5:20:medium} {Additional Image 6:21:medium} {Additional Image 7:22:medium} {Additional Image 8:23:medium} {Additional Image […]

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