July 20, 2018

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

BRIDGE ARRIVES IN MONGOLIA ‘Gender Perspectives and Youth Participation on Elections and Political Finance’ – Two Hybrid BRIDGE Modules in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia June, 2018. Mongol leader Chinggis Khaan said in the 11th century “Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard” – relevant as ever in modern-day democratic Mongolia. Following a peaceful revolution in 1990, Mongolia began holding multiparty elections, but widespread corruption hinders development and democratic progress. Women and youth, the largest groups in Mongolia, struggle to participate fully in the political life of the country, though many women and youth are members of political parties. Young people and women in Mongolia lack general knowledge on how to leverage political finance to achieve a more level playing field for themselves within their parties and in contesting election. In this context, International IDEA is implementing the ‘Level Up: Political financing with integrity project in Mongolia’ programme in cooperation with the Open Society Forum (OSF), that aims to improve political finance regulatory frameworks in a way that empower women and young politicians and that protect the integrity of public policy making from the influence exerted by money in politics. The two two-day BRIDGE modules held in Mongolia in June 2018 are the first BRIDGE workshops to be held in Mongolia: Political Finance and Women’s Empowerment (18-19 June) – targeting women from political parties (all 20 participants were women) Political Finance and Youth Empowerment (21-22 June) – targeting youth from political parties (all 10 participants under 35 years old, mixed gender) The objective of the workshops was to introduce the main principles, structures and institutions underlying a credible and workable political financing regulatory framework, especially relating to the inclusion of youth and women. It also aimed to create a venue for sharing experiences and good practices on how best to promote the participation of youth and women in electoral and political processes in election and political processes more broadly. The workshops comprised participants each from five main political parties: Mongolian People’s Party, Democratic Party, Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, Civil Will Party and Hun/Labour Party. The workshop content was essentially the same for each workshop, with nuanced differences for the different target groups and different focus of each workshop; women and youth. Topics included: An introduction to BRIDGE; international standards and best practices in creation of an inclusive environment throughout the electoral cycle; political financing including campaign financing regulations to promote women’s and youth participations; the status of political finance and gender equality and youth participation in politics in Mongolia; and current reforms proposed for Mongolia law. The workshops were facilitated by Yvonne Goudie (BRIDGE facilitator) and supported by local experts:  Enkhtsetseg Dagva, Open Society Forum, Zolzaya (Zola) Batkhuyag, Director and Co-Founder, Women for Change NGO, and Dr Gerelt-Od Erdenebileg, Director, Office of International Relations, Mongolian National University of Education. The workshop was managed by Battuul Baterdene, Program Coordinator in Mongolia, International IDEA and the support team from OSF. The venue was the OSF premises. Participants highly appreciated the workshop content and methodology. Throughout the workshop participants were actively engaged. The participatory methodology was a novelty for this audience, including the local experts. Whilst initially slightly reticent, the participants quickly warmed to the methodology and commented in the evaluations that they enjoyed the methodology as much as they enjoyed learning new knowledge. The participatory methods included: speed debating, values clarification, fishbowl and development café. The experts and several participants commented that they would use these methods in their own organisations. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Participants mentioned that the workshop helped them better understand the issues relating to political finance and potential regulations to manage the issues in Mongolia. Many also commented that they learned a lot about international principles and the need for their parties to become more inclusive for women, youth, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups. The workshop demonstrated an excellent networking platform for the participants from the different political parties; participants demonstrated their readiness to have an open and constructive dialog, and a desire for continued cooperation to build on the common ground they identified during the workshop. While the workshops met their objectives, it is important to build on the achievements of the workshops. Several suggestions were made to achieve longer lasting impact, including conducting more BRIDGE workshops (with more members of the main political parties and by conducting more workshops), and for OSF to host cross-party informal meetings, dialogues and further trainings and seminars. Based on the positive outcomes of these workshops, BRIDGE will hopefully a bright future in in Mongolia. {gallery}MongoliaJune2018{/gallery} […]
October 23, 2013

First Accredited Facilitator from Myanmar

Aye Yu Thwe is the first fully accredited BRIDGE facilitator from Myanmar
September 20, 2012

BRIDGE at the Mostar BRIDGE in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A special event showcasing the "Access to Electoral Processes" E BRIDGE module was held on 13th September at the 21st ACEEEO Annual Conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
April 18, 2012

A Few Firsts For Romania

From 26-30 March 2012, BRIDGE made its first appearance in Bucharest, Romania to a group of 26 expectant and curious election stakeholders from the region [including: Albania; Armenia; Georgia; Kyrgyzstan; Moldova; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Ukraine].
April 1, 2010

BRIDGE Democracy and Governance (BRIDGE DG) Update

DG BRIDGE is the current working title of the project known in 2009 as the Civic Education Development Project (CEDP).
January 15, 2010

Emmanuel Rejouis

We note with deep sorrow that Emmanuel Rejouis – a BRIDGE facilitator greatly respected and loved by many in the electoral community – perished in the Haiti Earthquake
December 9, 2009

Phase 1 Finished! Phase 2 Begun!

The CEDP team is pleased to report that funding for the next phase through UNDEF has now been confirmed, and AusAID support funding has also been approved in principle.
June 16, 2009

First Trial of ‘Democracy in Our Place’

The much anticipated world-first trial of the BRIDGE Civic Education Development Project's (CEDP*) module workshop titled 'Democracy in Our Place' was held at Le Lagon Hotel in Port Vila, Vanuatu from the 25th to 29th May, 2009. The workshop was a huge success - due to the combined efforts of a lot of people - most of whom worked full-time for many weeks and months behind the scenes ensuring that all aspects of the workshop addressed so that we would maximise the learning opportunities for all the participants and the CEDP team alike.
February 8, 2009

BRIDGE Civic Education Development Project (CEDP) – Update

The Democracy in Our Place foundation module within the CEDP has taken shape in the last couple of months. We now have a detailed module structure and several sample lessons already being edited. This follows an intense and productive writers meeting held in Melbourne in January 2009. There are now eight writers - in various parts of the globe - writing a series of activities to complete the module. If the first drafts are anything to go by, this module is going to be full of creative activities that will serve as inspiration for all BRIDGE facilitators, whatever modules they are delivering! The project team can also confirm the location for the first trial workshop – Vanuatu. We have received some interest from local organisations in collaborating on the pilot, and will be consulting further with stakeholders in-country.
December 1, 2008

Implementation Manual Progress Report

As you may be aware, the third V2 Implementation Manual meeting took place in Sydney, Australia from 10-13 November 2008 attended by over 20 lead facilitators and partner representatives.
November 4, 2008

Expression of Interest for Civic Education Curriculum Writers

We are seeking expression of interests from civic education curriculum writers for the BRIDGE* Civic Education Development Project.
November 4, 2008

The 8th BRIDGE Project Partner Committee Meeting

The 8th BRIDGE Project Partner committee meeting is being held on Friday 14th November 2008 in Sydney, Australia, to coincide with the third Implementation Manual […]
November 4, 2008

Implementation Manual Meeting # 3

The final Bridge (V2) Implementation Manual Meeting (# 3) is being held in Sydney Australia from 10-13 November 2008 at the Australian Electoral Commission State Office.
October 27, 2008

Civic Education Meeting

Over twenty civic education specialists from the Asia Pacific region met at the Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane from 14-16 October 2004 to provide strategic advice to the BRIDGE Civic Education Project (Establishing a Civics and Governance Component within BRIDGE). The meeting was very productive – providing a very broad range of views from different perspectives, including: practitioners from different contexts, academics, non-government organisation representatives, class room teachers, adult trainers and curriculum writers, etc.
September 16, 2008

Civics and Governance for BRIDGE

Program Context The Civics and Governance Component within the BRIDGE Project (the BRIDGE Civic Education Development Project) is funded by Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and is in line with their organisational goals and objectives under their Building Demand for Better Governance Initiative. The project links in to the broader objectives of the Australian Government’s aid program (including the Anti-Corruption for Development strategy, and advancing gender equality), such as assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest. Australia's aid program focuses on the Asia Pacific region.
August 18, 2008

Implementation Workshop: Egypt, July 2008

This workshop/meeting was the second in a series of three workshops in 2008 related to the updating of the Implementation Manual and general implementation issues relating to V2 (basically to decide what Implementation/Customisation tools are needed and to develop a strategy and timeline for their development.)
August 18, 2008

Developing a Civics and Governance Component for BRIDGE

In August 2008, the AEC’s BRIDGE Project Office Team will be starting work on the development of a Civic Education component for BRIDGE; initial funding for the activity is being provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
May 21, 2008

BRIDGE V2 Completion Status Report

As you are aware, V2 (English) is now completed and available on the web. This includes all 23 modules and the Train the Facilitator program handbooks.The BRIDGE Project Office thanks the hundreds of people who contributed to this massive endeavour in making the curriculum truly international and inclusive of all segments of society. If you have any feedback about the curriculum, we would love to hear from you.
December 18, 2007

BRIDGE Version 2 Completed

    Version 2 (all 23 modules) is finished!       V2 is huge, over 5000 documents make up the 23 modules. V2 is in English but currently there are translations of parts of V2 being done in French, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages.      
July 2, 2007

Version 2 on Track

Version 2 has arrived!  
May 25, 2007

Version 2 Curriculum Status Report

Version 2 is on track to be substantially completed by the end of June 2007. Editing is continuing on a number of modules and we are about to send the first of the modules (the Introduction module) to the partners as part of the partner approval process.
March 13, 2007

Implementation Workshop: UNEAD

The Implementation workshop was held in Scandinavian House (New York) on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March 2007, with 22 participants and 2 facilitators. The workshop was facilitated by Yvonne Goudie (BRIDGE Project Office) and Deryck Fritz (UNEAD).
February 7, 2007

About Version 2

In summary, the most complete modules are: Introduction module (Introduction to Electoral Administration) Boundary Delimitation Pre-election Activities Media and Elections Electoral Systems Electoral Observation Access to Electoral Processes
October 26, 2006

Desperately Seeking Photos

The BRIDGE Project Office is looking for electoral photos for Version 2 which is aiming to include much more audio/visual material. The subject matter for the photos is as broad as the BRIDGE curriculum itself – encompassing all elements of elections.
August 15, 2006

Version 2: We Need Your Help!

BRIDGE Version 2 is bigger and better than Version 1, but we need your help to make it even bigger and better! Whilst we are extremely happy with development work so far, we realize that the curriculum needs many more personal examples and anecdotes scattered throughout its 3000 pages that the 16 modules has become! The last 4 years of BRIDGE course evaluations unanimously praises the inclusion of international examples/comparisons of all electoral topics – the resounding cry is for more.  


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