A period of one week was spent by the facilitators to customise the contents of the course to suit the mission and the training needs of the Angola civil society in elections. Some BRIDGE materials in Portuguese were received from the BRIDGE Project Office, Melbourne, Australia; and additional relevant materials were incorporated from other sources. Some materials including existing BRIDGE OHPs were translated into Portuguese for the training. Powerpoint presentations were also developed within this period.
The training was conducted from March 6-17 in the Conference Room of SaferAfrica. It was preceded by an opening ceremony, chaired by Slu Hlongwa, the Director of the Governance Programme of SaferAfrica.
The course was attended by 10 participants: 7 from Angola civil society; and 3 are staff of SaferAfrica who are nationals of Kenya, Mali, and South Africa. The training benefited immensely from the diverse background of its participants. Experiences on the nature of elections management in the participant’s countries were shared during the course, thus providing a good cross cultural context to issues discussed.