June 2, 2021

UN Women Ethiopia’s Gender Equality and VAWE workshop

UN Women Ethiopia’s Women in Leadership and Governance Program in partnership with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), organized 3-days Gender Equality and VAWE BRIDGE workshop for key electoral stakeholders. Violence against Women in Elections (VAWE) is among the key priority areas identified in the partnership with NEBE and EHRC. UN Women is supporting the two institutions to implement interventions to fill the gap in acting against VAWE identified from past elections, and existing challenges faced by women in politics in Ethiopia. Therefore, the workshop aimed to provide the participants with tools and good practices to prevent VAWE and/or mitigate its consequences. The workshop was led by BRIDGE accrediting level facilitators Natia Kashakashvili and Shalva Tskhakaia with the combined modality of the online & face-to-face training during 25-27 May, 2021 in Addis Ababa. The modality of the training was the combination of the online and face-to-face training: participants were physically gathered at one training venue and managed by UN Women, while BRIDGE facilitators were conducting the training via the Zoom platform and using various online training tools in order to guarantee full interaction between the facilitators and the participants. In total 29 participants attended the workshop (14 men, 15 women). Amongst the participants were presented Security sector (13), Ministry of Women, Children and Youth (2), Judiciary (1), EHRC (14), CSOs (3), NEBE (1) and UN Women (1). During the workshop, participants have analyzed the causes and impacts of VAWE, various obstacles of Women Political Participation and amongst those obstacles, electoral violence; key international instruments guiding the conduct of elections in relations to women political participation and VAWE; as well as discussed, the legal framework of the VAWE and the need for the legal and policy reform. Along with understanding the typology of VAWE (types, victims and perpetrators), participants have analyzed the expected roles of various stakeholders in preventing and mitigating VAWE. Below are some opinions expressed by the participants regarding the most useful and valuable aspects of the course: This course is most useful to avoid violence against women in election and to avoid gaps. Identification of the root causes of VAWE. It is good to know about women political participation and solutions on how to solve those barriers and also to give idea to legislators. The group discussions and facilitators additional comments/feedback on topic of VAWE clearly expressed the concept of what VAWE is. I think the whole course is useful for our country, but to be more specific, the major obstacles to women participation in electoral process seems more important. It is interactive learning process which is important, especially in issues that arises from workshop participants are useful. It makes me to know more about violation committed against women during election. All aspects of the course are useful for our work, but VAWE prevention mechanisms and interventions of all stakeholders is very important. Showing how to address VAWE specially by identifying the areas of the problem. The participatory methodology is very interesting; I like the way the assignment is framed; Also, the legal framework of VAWE and VAWE on online platform was very interesting. Overall, the new modality of the BRIDGE workshop provides worthy level of interactivity and participants’ ability to develop new knowledge and skills, while the facilitators’ ability to interact with participants during the group work stays the main challenge (facilitators are supposed to guide participants as they make step-by-step progress). At the end of the workshop, participants were granted certificates with the electronic signatures of the facilitators. {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 […]
May 6, 2021

BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) Workshop In Nigeria.

On April 8-19, 2021, IFES Nigeria in coordination with The Electoral Institute (TEI) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and with funding from USAID and FCDO, conducted a BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) for INEC training officers and IFES staff in Ikeja, the capital city of Lagos State. Participants were 26 (10 females and 16 males, twenty drawn from TEI and the state offices of INEC, and six from IFES.  The INEC TEI training officers are responsible for planning, managing, and administering electoral trainings and staff capacity building for the Commission. The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of INEC trainers with a view to strengthen its institutional sustainability. The overall aim was to achieve effective sustainable election administration through increasing the capacity of the INEC training officers. The workshop was conducted by Seray Jah- Accrediting level facilitator, Obaje Oukeh-Workshop level facilitator, Victoria Eta Messi-Workshop level facilitator and Ifan in an in-person environment. The thematic topics covered include: Background to BRIDGE Project, What makes a Good Facilitator, Facilitation Challenges & Facilitator’s Credibility, Common Training Techniques, Gender Awareness, Identity Circles, Cross Cutting Themes and Key Understandings (KU) & Learning Outcome (LOs), Curriculum writing skills, Developing an Agenda, Curriculum Customization and adaptation (Inclusion). The topics provided the useful background for participants first and second pair presentations that allowed them to “bridge” theory and practice as put forward in the words of one of the participants. The 10-day intensive course provided a learning curve to the State Training Officers, TEI Headquarters Trainers and selected IFES Nigeria staff. The BRIDGE TtF training equipped participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate trainings using BRIDGE methodology and materials. Furthermore, it prepared INEC training officers  for the onerous tasks of planning and managing staff trainings for the continuous voter registration and ultimately the 2023 general elections. The participants expressed gratitude to IFES and their funding Partners for creating the enabling environment for the training and this could be elicited from their comments during the final workshop evaluation and workshop reflection sessions. All participants completed their reintegration plan to indicate what, how and when they could apply the knowledge acquired during the training within a period of 3 months, 6 months and 12 […]
April 27, 2021

UN Women Ethiopia’s and NEBE’s Gender Equality, Media and Elections workshop for Media practitioners

UN Women Ethiopia’s Women in Leadership and Governance Program in partnership with National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) organized 3-days Gender Equality, Media and Elections BRIDGE workshop for Media practitioners, under the project “Support for Inclusive and Gender Responsive Electoral Process”. The main objective of the workshop was to ensure gender responsiveness of the electoral processes in Ethiopia’s 6th General Election and beyond and increase media practitioners’ awareness on gender in the context of the electoral process; how to make the electoral cycle gender-responsive and enhance women’s political and civic participation; how to plan for gender-inclusive media coverage. The workshop was led by BRIDGE accrediting level facilitators Natia Kashakashvili and Shalva Tskhakaia with the combined modality of the online & face-to-face training during 22-24 April, 2021 in Addis Ababa. The modality of the training was the combination of the online and face-to-face training: participants were physically gathered at one training venue and managed by UN Women Ethiopia Facilitator Cherer Aklilu, while BRIDGE facilitators, Shalva Tskhakaia and Natia Kashakashvili were conducting the training via the Zoom platform and using various online training tools in order to guarantee full interaction between the facilitators and the participants. In total 24 participants attended the workshop (13 men, 11 women). Amongst the participants, 21 were Media practitioners from six Media organizations (Ethiopian News Agency, Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation, Reporter News Paper, Sheger Radio, Walta TV, Fana Broadcasting Corporation) and 3 representatives from NEBE Gender and Inclusion unit. During the workshop, participants have gained knowledge about international standards of elections in relations to the Media and Elections, as well as Gender Equality. First day of the workshop focused on understanding the Media and Elections topics (such as: international standards of elections in relations to the media freedoms; role of the media during the Electoral Cycle), while the second day focused on defining gender equality, obstacles of women participation in politics and ways how to best promote gender equality through Electoral Cycle from the Media stakeholder perspective. The last, third day of the workshop has merged the knowledge received during the first two days and participants analyzed the media regulations (including global examples of codes of conducts of Media during the election coverage) in order to ensure election coverage from gender perspective. Participants have shown immense interest in the topic and enjoyed using of the online training tools (mentimeter, google forms, google docs, and online flipcharts). It’s important to mention the UN Women Facilitator’s hard work in ensuring the friendly atmosphere, encouraging participants’ interaction and supporting BRIDGE facilitators with arraigning the use of (online and physical) training tools. Participants have praised t the facilitators for sharing with them the global experience around the topic. They have been actively engaged in the activities. Overall, the modality of the BRIDGE workshop provided worthy level of interactivity and participants’ ability to develop new knowledge and skills, while the facilitators’ ability to interact with participants during the group-work stayed the main challenge. At the end of the workshop, participants were granted certificates with the electronic signatures of the […]
April 16, 2021

Tunis, Media and Elections workshop, preparation for elections in Libya, IDEA and IFES, 6-8 April 2021

This workshop was a continuation of a first-round of BRIDGE media and elections that IDEA organised with the partnership of IFES, UNSMILand HNEC in Libya in 2017
April 15, 2021

Online Gender Equality and Elections BRIDGE workshop, LAS, UAE – April 2021

The League of Arab States in partnership with the UNDP implemented a five-day BRIDGE workshop on “Gender equality and Elections”. The workshop was virtually conducted on April 4-8, 2021. Eighteen participants participated in the workshop.  Fourteen from the LAS staff in addition to four participants from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (The UAE EMB). Fourteen of them were women. The facilitation team comprised five BRIDGE facilitators who participated in the preparation and delivery of this workshop, one of them was a TtF complete facilitator and three were women. By the end of the workshop, the TtF complete facilitator obtained her accreditation as BRIDGE workshop facilitator. The workshop aimed at raising awareness regarding the importance of women’s participation in elections, increasing knowledge regarding women’s role at the different phases of the Electoral cycle as well as identifying the challenges women face during elections. It also explored strategies to increase women’s presence in political life, tackled the issue of Electoral Observation from a Gender perspective, identified gender international obligations for elections, analyzed different electoral systems and their effect on women’s representation. By the end of the workshop, most of the participants recommended to have more BRIDGE trainings in the future, as it contributes effectively to building their capacities as EMB’s staff and election observers and it increases their knowledge regarding the different aspects of the electoral process. Ahmed Amin […]
April 7, 2021

IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducted an online Electoral Systems’ workshop

The BRIDGE modular workshop on Electoral Systems was conducted on March 10-12, 2021, by the IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID and Global Affairs Canada.  The workshop was held remotely using the online conference platform ZOOM and additional online tools in order to keep the traditional interactive nature of the BRIDGE workshops.   The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge on the characteristics of all electoral systems’ families and then to make a thorough analysis of each electoral system. Besides, all the workshop activities were intended to facilitate participants’ understanding of the effects of different electoral systems on women’s representation in parliaments. The workshop was held in Ukrainian language and was facilitated by BRIDGE workshop-level facilitators Evgeniy Krikopolo, Anastasiia Matviienko, Alyona Sheshenia, and Anna Denis (Bandurka). Twenty participants from the CEC, CSOs, and political parties attended the workshop (out of which five were male and fifteen female). ​Some of the start-up activities created the basis for understanding principles of the electoral systems design that later led to analyzing electoral systems within each family: Participants were asked to rank priorities for the electoral system design based on their understanding. While within the workshop, participants were provided with the understanding that different electoral systems contribute to fulfilling different priorities. The principle of representation and its different forms were explained to the participants. This session content later led to the discussion, what type of representation can offer the electoral system. Another start-up session focused on the main elements of the electoral system design. During the whole workshop, electoral systems were examined regarding a) District Magnitude: MMD vs. SMD; b) Ballot Structure: Categorical vs. Preferential; Party vs. Candidate oriented; c) Electoral Formula: Plurality vs. Majority vs. Proportional to the share of votes. All sessions on systems’ technical characteristics were highly interactive and enabled participants to test all types of electoral systems in practice. Participants had the opportunity to try themselves in voters’ role, which ensured a better understanding of each electoral system’s voting and counting procedures. Having covered all presented electoral systems, participants were tasked to analyze which system was “the most fair”; as well as to choose an appropriate electoral system for an imaginary society based on the provided circumstances. Participants in separate groups received a description of the “x” country’s social, economic, and political peculiarities. Participants had to first determine the most critical priorities for the described society and only then to choose which electoral system could contribute to the fulfillment of identified priorities. At the end of the workshop, participants concluded that the electoral system’s choice is fundamental for further country’s development. Therefore, the reforming of it is a sensitive issue that requires a balanced approach. […]
March 26, 2021

Virtual BRIDGE Comes to PIANZEA

After a long and productive relationship with face-to-face BRIDGE, the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated the first virtual BRIDGE workshop for the Pacific Island, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators’ (PIANZEA) network. From 8-12 March, 2021, a Voter and Civic Education Workshop was conducted for participants from Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (unfortunately, connectivity issues meant that our colleague from the Marshalls was only able to join us for one day). In fact, this workshop was a world first for a number of reasons. Using Zoom, we connected with nine countries and four separate cities in Australia simultaneously. It was also the first time that two TTF complete facilitators attained their Workshop accreditation in a virtual environment. The group was small – only 8 – but the small size did not have a negative impact on the quality of the interactions. In fact, it was fortuitous in some respects as it made dealing with technical issues a little more manageable. The facilitation team comprised of Vake Blake for the Tonga Electoral Commission, Ross Attrill for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The two facilitators completing their workshop accreditation were David Stuart and Julie Igglesden, both of the AEC. It was definitely a novel experience for both Julie and David but one they enjoyed. Workshop organisers from the PIANZEA secretariat were present in each session to provide technical support. They played a valuable role as a second set of eyes for Facilitators to assist them with managing the virtual format as there are many different tools to control. This included taking note of hands raised, questions in the chat box and working with participants to address technical issues. This role also served as a back up to share tools such as Menti or presentations if the Facilitators’ systems froze. This role helped to ensure the smooth running of the workshop and freed up Facilitators so they could focus on their core role. The value of their administrative and organizational work prior to the workshop and their technical assistance during the workshop cannot be understated and I would recommend this type of support for any virtual BRIDGE workshop. Julie and David performed brilliantly under, at times, very challenging circumstances. They were valuable members of the team, often helping out with PowerPoint and Mentimeter presentations. In fact, they both looked like they had been conducting BRIDGE for years. It was a very easy decision to recommend them both as Workshop facilitators. As expressed by one of them: “I was most impressed by how we worked so well as team to jump in and assist when someone had trouble sharing a screen, or needed assistance with any of the software used in the workshop.” The program itself was developed as 5 half days, each day with a particular theme. The themes were: Day 1 – Definitions, First principles and the Eight Steps in Voter and Civic Education Day 2 – Designing your Program Day 3 – Implementing your Program Day 4 – Monitoring Evaluating and Documenting your Program Day 5 – Make it Happen: What Next in Your Work Place Each day was based around a series of activities which helped introduce the daily theme to the participants. There was a short break mid-morning and the activities continued until about 1.00pm, at which time the participants were split into two groups and given an hour to develop a presentation based on a hypothetical challenge. They were then required to use what they had learnt on that day to develop solutions to that challenge. The next day began with the group presentations. The high quality of the presentations indicated that the participants had gained a lot from the activity sessions and that they were motivated to look for solutions appropriate their particular context. This was supported by participant comments such as: “The training is very informative for me as it is my first time to be involved with VCE, and I feel the need to educate our young citizens on voting and the electoral system. It will be more effective for a small country like ours to establish an independent office for the Electoral Commission.” And “Thank you Once again facilitators. Very impressive how you’re getting on with the trial on delivering the topics in a much shorter time for each session as it was usually done in a normal BRIDGE face to face delivery mode.” We were very lucky that some of the participants had extensive knowledge and experience in the subject matter. As always in PIANZEA, they generously shared their experience in the true Pacific way. There were lots of facilitation lessons to be learned from the 5 days. Firstly, we had to deal with the vagaries of the connectivity of each country and to adjust to ensure everyone spent as much time as possible on line. This involved creative use of chat facilities and phone based platforms. Prior to and during the program all facilitators discussed and reviewed the practicality and success of activities for the online format. This planning and real time evaluation allowed for a variety of successful adaptations to existing activities as well as testing different interactive methods of presentation including the more low-tech live brainstorm [facilitator types into document on a shared screen] to Menti [tech enabled live polls, quizzes and word clouds]. We also soon realized how draining the virtual environment was for all concerned. Although we only worked half days, it may be worth looking at shortening days further or perhaps running two days in one week and three in another. What definitely worked was the thematic days and the group presentations. It gave the workshop the focus it needed and the participants the opportunity to express their ideas in a very BRIDGE like way. All in all, it was very positive and constructive experience as evidenced by the amount of knowledge gained between the pre and post tests. It proved to me that BRIDGE works best in a face to face context but that it can still be a powerful tool when the only alternative is a virtual workshop. Ross Attrill […]
March 15, 2021

Promoting inclusive civic education and voter information in Mexico

An online BRIDGE workshop on civic education, voter information and access to the electoral process took place in Mexico from 23 to 25 February 2021. It was organized by the UNDP Country Office in Mexico and the National Electoral Institute (INE), with the support of the UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean.
February 25, 2021

Voter Registration for Regional Officers in The Gambia

The Gambia is due to undertake a new voter registration exercise in 2021, in the foreseeable months. While the actual dates are not yet known, IFES has been working closely with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in their preparations for the voter registration process. With this electoral process in mind, IFES worked with the IEC to train 24 regional electoral officers from across the entire country along with headquarters senior officials to prepare them for the voter registration at the Paradise Hotel in Banjul. A 3-day BRIDGE workshop (15 to 17 Feb) combined voter registration activities from multiple modules to cater for the local needs. An agenda drawing from the operations planning, gender, inclusion, voter and civic education modules were linked to the core voter registration module for the three days. This builds on an earlier workshop that was conducted in March 2020, which covered more basic elements of voter registration. The event also presented an opportunity for the draft voter registration operations plan to be discussed and implementation aspects to be detailed via the training. While the original workshop was planned as a blend of virtual and in-classroom facilitation, a last-minute change resulted in the training being facilitated entirely virtually. With a multi-camera setup, along with in-class microphones in Banjul, the facilitator; based in Washington DC, was able to facilitate the entire event remotely and in conjunction with a few in-class assistants and one online support staffer daily. The training was conducted via Zoom, with the active usage of Mentimenter for expectations, quick quizzes to gauge understanding and end of day reflections. While power-outages routinely interrupted training on a daily basis, these were not too disruptive; being less than 5 minutes in nature, and the internet was very stable throughout the training. US-based technical support proved invaluable when technical challenges required troubleshooting and served as a valuable backup for any Banjul-based technical issues. On the ground support from the IFES country representative, along with the camera-crew, additional technical support from the USA and enthusiastic IEC staff participation made the training very memorable for all. Participants were extremely enthusiastic throughout the training and very engaged and participatory. Small group work was particularly rewarding, and the training provided a valuable opportunity to strengthen not only skill-levels of voter registration, but also the relationship between headquarters and regional staff. Participants were particularly focused on discussing how best to increase participation of marginalized voters, along with the training of registration officials, quality assurance, risk management and evidence-based planning. The participation of the Chairperson, individual Commissioners and the CEO of the IEC contributed to the success of the training. Of significant benefit was the ability for regional officers to discuss the challenges that emerge when implementing operational plans in the field and adaptations. Participants left the training excited about how they will be applying their new-found lessons to the voter registration exercise in the field. -Rushdi Nackerdien […]
February 22, 2021

UN Women Ethiopia’s Gender Equality and Elections workshop for NEBE voter education activities

UN Women Ethiopia in collaboration with National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has organized BRIDGE workshop for NEBE’s Voter Education Experts and UNV’s supporting NEBE’s voter education interventions, members of the women’s political empowerment training curriculum development committee from Bahir Dar University and CSOs working in the field of voter education. The workshop aimed to increase participant’s awareness on women participation in electoral processes and enhance capacities of to ensure gender inclusive voter education. The workshop was led online by Shalva Tskhakaia and Natia Kashakashvili and held with combined modality during 17-19 February, 2021 in Addis Ababa. In total 22 participants representing NEBE (7), UNVs working with NEBE regional offices (6), Civil Society Organizations (4) and Academia (5) attended the workshop; amongst the participants 17 were men and 5 women It’s important to mention the UN Women colleagues/facilitators’ (Cherer Aklilu and Rediet Yaschalew) continuous support and hard work in ensuring the friendly atmosphere as well as organizing the participants’ interaction at the training room. UN Women facilitators were very responsive to the needs of the BRIDGE facilitators and overall the smooth communication led to the very harmonized facilitation. During the workshops, participants have gained the knowledge about international standards and best practices for ensuring equal rights for men and women in electoral process; participants have analyzed various obstacles that are faced by women as voters, candidates and as election officials and examined interventions to address inequalities throughout the Electoral Cycle as well as within the organization. Participants were also explained the systematic barriers such as the impact of Electoral Systems on women representation and the importance of designing gender quota wisely. The workshop last sessions focused participants on “make it happen” and developed gender-inclusive 100-day plan. Participants have shown immense interest in the topic and enjoyed using of the online training tools (mentimeter, google forms, google docs, and online flipcharts). In order to ensure participants’ understanding of the topic while considering the time limits, facilitators had to adapt session delivery approaches on the go, in some cases replacing active learning with the passive methods. Participants have praised the professionalism of the facilitators and the ability to fully engage participants regardless of the modality. Participants have expressed their opinion about the conduct and content of the workshop through the evaluation forms (conducted in written and verbal format): Its design/arrangement, contents, the perspectives included in the course, the combination of theoretical and practical realities of women participation in politics and the existing realities, and the overall feedback in the session was very attractive and a good lesson to be shared. I was very pleased to the activities that were given during the session. The course aimed at giving emphasis to women-related issues throughout the electoral process (before, during and after election), and this is very essential especially in a society where women have several obstacles not only to participate in election, but also in their day-to-day life. Its contents, the way it was presented and put both theories and realities, the examples included in it, the much emphasize given to the EMB and other stakeholders and the inclusivism of the course that deals and analyses national, regional and global contexts and realities. Admirable course and it talks about every side for electoral cycles and consideration of gender mainstreaming Very interactive and participatory. Part what EMB has to do to increase women participation and increase their number in political participation is very great and necessary at this time. The method of teaching is interesting and I get a new way of giving training; I will take it and apply when I will train other individuals Really the course and the presenters are resourceful and smart professional whom I need to consider as my role models. Really, the presenters are resourceful and follow attractive training and learning methodology that are needed in our age, 21st century. The module organization, delivery methodologies and examples were very interesting. I enjoyed the way the presenters were organized, precise and the informative nature of the training. Overall, the modality of the BRIDGE workshop provided worthy level of interactivity and participants’ ability to develop new knowledge and skills, while the facilitators’ ability to interact with participants during the group work stayed the main challenge. 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February 11, 2021

Voter and Civic Education 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 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 Kyrgyzstan local elections scheduled for April 2021. Therefore, the workshop was constructed on Eight Step approach of implementing the VCE program. The workshop was conducted on January 26-30, 2021 at “Ak Maral” Hotel, in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. The workshop was facilitated by international facilitators Iuliia Shypilova and Tetyana Bibik. Thirty-nine participants from the CEC of Kyrgyz Republic, local NGOs, educational institutions and academia 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. CEC Kyrgyzstan emphasized on the importance of such workshop as the basis for establishing the curricula for the CEC’s Center for Civic Education. 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. […]
February 8, 2021

UN Women Ethiopia continues to build the capacity of various stakeholders on Gender Equality and Elections

UN Women Ethiopia organized two 3,5 days BRIDGE workshops on Gender Equality and Elections to build the capacities of various stakeholders including Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, various Civil Society Organizations, Political Parties and UN Women staff. The workshop aimed to increase awareness of the participants on how to make the electoral cycle gender sensitive/responsive and enhance women’s political and civic participation, plan and implement advocacy and lobbying campaign aimed at political reform for increased women representation. The workshop was led online by Shalva Tskhakaia and Natia Kashakashvili and held with combined modality during 3-6 February, 2021 in Addis Ababa. In total 21 participants representing various stakeholders (including academia and UN Women) attended the two workshops; amongst participants 10 were men and 11 women. It’s important to mention the UN Women colleagues/facilitators’ (Cherer Aklilu and Rediet Yaschalew) continuous support and hard work in ensuring the friendly atmosphere as well as organizing the participants’ interaction at the training room. UN Women facilitators were very responsive to the needs of the BRIDGE facilitators and overall the smooth communication led to the very harmonized facilitation. The BRIDGE facilitators used several online tools (including mentimeter.com, google forms and google docs, and online flipchart platform – mural.com) to guarantee interactive character of BRIDGE workshop. In order to ensure participants’ understanding of the topic while considering the time limits, facilitators had to adapt session delivery approaches on the go, in some cases replacing active learning with the passive methods. Nonetheless, participants have fully engaged in the activities and enjoyed sharing experiences from different countries. During the workshops, participants have gained knowledge about international standards and best practices for ensuring equal rights for men and women in electoral processes; legal framework of elections, focusing on various legal instruments and the provisions mainstreaming gender equality throughout the electoral cycle; also, they have analyzed various obstacles that are faced by women as voters, candidates and as election officials and entertained possibilities to overcome the obstacles. Participants were also explained the impact of Electoral Systems on women representation and the importance of designing quota wisely. Participants also had a chance to learn about advocating and lobbying for increased women participation in political process, they practiced designing advocacy campaign strategy and planning future countrywide reform and as well as internal, organizational mainstreaming efforts. Overall, the new modality of the BRIDGE workshop provided worthy level of interactivity and participants’ ability to develop new knowledge and skills, while the facilitators’ ability to interact with participants during the group work stayed the main challenge. At the end of the workshop, participants were granted certificates with the electronic signatures of the facilitators. {Additional Image 5:20:medium} {Additional Image 6:21:medium} {Additional Image 7:22:medium} {Additional Image 8:23:medium} {Additional Image […]
January 8, 2021

Haiti: les Bureaux électoraux départementaux du Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP) participent à un atelier BRIDGE sur “Egalité de genre et accessibilité des processus électoraux”

L'atelier BRIDGE sur "Egalité de genre et accessibilité des processus électoraux" a eu lieu à Pétion-Ville les 11, 12 et 13 novembre 2020 et a été organisé par le PNUD et IFES en partenariat avec le Conseil Electoral Provisoire haïtien (CEP). Il fait partie d'un programme de formation BRIDGE lancé en septembre 2019. Après une longue pause à cause de la pandémie, le programme a été relancé en novembre 2020.
January 6, 2021

Gender Equality and Elections workshop series for various stakeholders in Ethiopia

UN Women Ethiopia organized two 3,5 days BRIDGE workshops on Gender Equality and Elections to build the capacities of various stakeholders including Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, various Civil Society Organizations, Political Parties, National Elections Board of Ethiopia and UN Women staff.
December 23, 2020

First online BRIDGE workshops in the Americas: Promoting gender equality in Mexico

UNDP and the National Electoral Institute (INE) organized the first two online BRIDGE workshops in the Americas to promote gender equality and women's political participation in Mexico.
December 7, 2020

Malawi Election Commission (MEC) conduct Boundary Delimitation Modular course for its Commissioners and Management

With support from the Development Partners through the basket fund, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) organized a 5 day BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation course from 23-27 October 2020 for its commissioners and senior staff management  in Mzuzu, Malawi. Opening the workshop, Commissioner Olivia Mchanju Liwewe, who is Chairperson of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, said the Commission was committed to develop capacity of its personnel  in various dimensions. “It is in the same vein that we approached our Development Partners to support this training. The rationale is for the Commission to have a pool of BRIDGE facilitators so that we should be able to conduct several BRIDGE courses parallel to each other. “In elections management, time is of essence and with a good number of qualified facilitators we will be able to accomplish much of our activities within a short time,” she said. Commissioner Liwewe urged the participants to pay full attention to the training so that at the end they should also qualify to be recommended for accreditation. In his remarks before the official opening, MEC Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Phanuel Hamsin hailed the BRIDGE curricula as the most comprehensive  in the world in regard to elections training. An international BRIDGE facilitator, worked with a team of four MEC facilitators to deliver the module. The other four facilitators from the Malawi Electoral Commission were Lydia Bridget Luwanika, Muhabi Chisi, Thandiwe Bless Zimba and Sammy Ng’anjo. This is the third BRIDGE course to be organised by the Malawi Electoral Commission in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen many organisations put activities on hold. The first BRIDGE workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration was organised in July 2020 for the Commissioners who had just been appointed in May this year, the second BRIDGE on TtF course was organised in October 2020. At the end of the 5 days, it was time for all the 26 participants to get their certificates in the presence of Chief Elections Officer, Mr Sammy Alfandika. In his closing remarks, the CEO advised the participants to continue reading on the BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation module so that they do not lose the knowledge gained as we are currently preparing for boundary delimitation process in Malawi to begin early 2021. The Commissioner and CEO also thanked the Development. Partners that have funded the BRIDGE Course through the basket fund managed by the UNDP in the name of UNDP, EU, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) UK, Irish Aid and USAID. “The Commission appreciates that the Development Partners have committed to supporting the Commission throughout the electoral cycle” he said. A representative of the participants, Mr Edington Chilapondwa thanked the Commission for allowing them attend the BRIDGE course which was a life time opportunity. By Lydia Bridget Luwanika […]
December 7, 2020

Innovative blended learning approach for Gender Equality and Elections modular workshop in Ethiopia

UN Women Ethiopia organized a 2.5 days BRIDGE workshop on Gender Equality and Elections during 25-27 November, 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was led by BRIDGE facilitators Anastasiia Matviienko (Ukraine) and Natia Kashakashvili (Georgia). The objective of the workshop was to build the capacities of various stakeholders and aware them on how to make the electoral cycle gender sensitive/responsive and enhance women’s political and civic participation. In total, 18 representatives of CSOs, governmental institutions, academia and UN Women staff (working on electoral matters) have participated in the workshop. The workshop was opened by UN Women Deputy Representative in Ethiopia, Anna Parini, stressing on the importance of continued cooperation with the various gender equality stakeholders. This BRIDGE workshop’s blended learning modality was first of its kind for – applying online interactive training approach to the participants who were physically convened at a training room. BRIDGE facilitators were supported by UN Women staff who provided technical management of the participants, as well as the technical support to arrange online interaction of the BRIDGE facilitators with the participants in plenary and during the group-works. The workshop agenda was designed in order to meet objectives of the workshop, with the particular focus on addressing Gender Inequalities throughout the Electoral Cycle. The workshop conduct with the innovative blended learning modality was extremely successful as the participants were very actively engaging in the group-works, brainstorming, sharing experiences and presenting the ideas/group-work results in plenary. BRIDGE facilitators have managed to conduct several classic BRIDGE-style activities (in comparison to the activities that are difficult to run or have less impact during the conduct of online workshops) that resulted in more understanding, interaction and creation of the friendly atmosphere amongst the participants. At the end of the workshop, with the help of UN Women staff, participants were granted certificates with facilitators’ e-signatures. […]
December 7, 2020

Boundary Delimitation Workshop 1 – 4 December 2020, Mangochi, Malawi

Boundary Delimitation module - 1 - 4 December 2020, Mangochi, Malawi
November 30, 2020

UNDP Zimbabwe TtF Part 2: 12-20 November

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission with assistance from the local office of the UNDP and the European Union successfully conducted a BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop as a way to respond to the need to strengthen the capacity of the election management body and increase the number of BRIDGE accredited trainers within the organisation. Trainees consisted of 20 electoral staff members from across the 10 provinces of the country. Ross Attrill, the Expert Facilitator from Australia was set to lead the training alongside Utloile Silaigwana, the Accrediting Facilitator, Rejoice Sibanda, then workshop facilitator but now Accrediting Facilitator and Shamiso Chahuruva, the Workshop Facilitator, all from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. The way the Zimbabwe TtF was conducted was a first of its kind in the history of BRIDGE as it was the first time that TtF had to be halted midway before the completion of the programme and reconvened eight months later making it the longest TtF training in the history of BRIDGE!! The training was intended to run from 23 March 2020 to 3 April, 2020 but the global coronavirus pandemic scuttled the plans for the conduct of this all important workshop within the initial time frame. The TtF was reconvened on 12 November 2020 with a 3 day refresher programme and was completed on 20 November 2020. It is important to note that while participants were apart as a result of supervening impossibilities, the bonds that they had formed within that first week of training were not lost but kept intact through the formation of a social whatsApp group where they continued to interact and support each through what was a most difficult period for all people across the globe. The facilitating team, also kept communication lines open to facilitate continuous consultations with Mr Ross, who still could not travel to Zimbabwe because of the continued travelling restrictions. This training was a great success and after successful completion of the Course, participants received certificates as reward to hard work. Brief description The course was based on the BRIDGE capacity building curriculum which is specifically designed to improve the skills and knowledge of election administrators in Zimbabwe as the country’s initial preparations for 2023 General Harmonised Elections. This was also in line with the EMB’s 2021- 2024 Strategic Plan whose first Output is “Strengthening Institutional Capacity of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to meet its Constitutional mandate and ensure sustainability”. Training was conducted by an Accrediting BRIDGE Facilitator assisted by workshop Facilitators with support from a BRIDGE Expert, Mr Ross Atrill. The TtF sought to develop facilitators in the EMB with the view to strengthen its capacity by professionally skilling its pool of election administrators. The overall aim was to achieve effective sustainable election administration through increasing the capacity of the EMB staff. BRIDGE as the most comprehensive professional development course available in election administration was the best choice for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. By selecting different levels of staff ZEC seeks to close the gap of skills deficiency noted in different levels through a UN Needs Assessment Mission carried out in Zimbabwe during the beginning of 2020 […]
November 11, 2020

A BRIDGE workshop on operational planning for the staff of the Haitian Electoral Council

UNDP and IFES implemented a 2-day BRIDGE workshop on electoral planning in partnership with the Haitian electoral council (CEP). 22 staff members participated in the workshop which is part of a BRIDGE programme training for the CEP staff implemented by UNDP and IFES and that started in September 2019. During the workshop, participants were very active and showed interest on topics included in the agenda. They discussed issues related to the electoral operational planning with a particular focus on the CEP and the Haitian context. Objectives, principles steps of operational management, and risk management were among the topics included in the agenda. In this regard, participants shared their experience in dealing with some specific risks in the Haitian electoral process such as natural disasters as it was the case in 2016 elections when the hurricane Mathew took place in the mid of the electoral process. Measures to prevent COVID risk were put in place during the […]
November 11, 2020

A BRIDGE workshop on electoral administration and training for the staff of the Haitian Electoral Council

UNDP and IFES implemented a 2-day BRIDGE workshop on electoral administration and training in partnership with the Haitian electoral council (CEP). 20 staff members participated in the workshop which is part of a BRIDGE programme training for the CEP staff implemented by UNDP and IFES and that started in September 2019. During the workshop, participants were very active and showed interest on topics included in the agenda. They discussed issues related to the electoral administration and training with a particular focus on the CEP and the Haitian context. Professionalism,  stakeholders, needs assessment and training planning were among the topics included in the agenda. Measures to prevent COVID risk were put in place during the workshop. At the end of the workshop one BRIDGE semi-accredited facilitator received his accreditation as BRIDGE workshop […]
October 6, 2020

Atelier Bridge de Formation des Facilitateurs des OGE de l’espace CEDEAO

Au cours de cette formation qui s'est déroulée au merveilleux site du MENSVIUC Grand Hôtel d'Accra dans une atmosphère de parfaite sérénité et de partage réciproque entre les participants et les facilitateurs, les résultats suivants ont été largement atteints : (i) contribuer, par le renforcement des capacités, à l’amélioration de la performance des membres des OGE dans la planification, la mise en œuvre et le suivi des opérations électorales (ii) améliorer leurs capacités des participants dans la maîtrise des normes et standard internationaux et régionaux en matière électorale ; (iii) disposer d’outils de référence permanente (modules et ressources Bridge) pour guider les acteurset parties prenantes des OGE dans l’accomplissement de leur mission ;
September 25, 2020

Gender equality and Elections BRIDGE workshop – Cairo, Egypt – March, May (Online) 2020

The UNDP in partnership with the League of Arab States implemented a five-day BRIDGE workshop on “Gender equality and Elections”. The workshop took place in the Intercontinental city starts hotel in Cairo – Egypt between March 8-11, and May 18-19, 2020. Nineteen participants from the LAS staff participated in the five-day training course. eleven of them were women. The facilitation team comprised five BRIDGE facilitators who participated in the preparation and delivery of this workshop, one of them was a TtF complete facilitator and two were women. By the end of the workshop, the TtF complete facilitator obtained his accreditation as BRIDGE workshop facilitators . The workshop aimed at raising awareness regarding the importance of women’s participation in elections, increasing knowledge regarding women’s role in the different phases of the Electoral process as well as identifying the challenges women face during elections. It also explored strategies to increase women’s presence in political life, tackled the issue of Electoral Observation from a Gender perspective, identified gender international obligations for elections and analysed different electoral systems and their effect on women’s representation. As a result of the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the last day of the training was postponed. It was conducted two months later by the Zoom application, to be one of the first BRIDGE online training that took place on May 18 – 19, 2020. By the end of the workshop, most of the participants recommended to have more BRIDGE trainings in the future, as it contributes effectively in building their capacities as election observers and it increases their knowledge regarding the different aspects of the electoral process. […]
September 25, 2020

First BRIDGE workshop is held online: IFES facilitates political financing module for Ukrainian stakeholders

Online BRIDGE political financing module in Ukraine for representatives of the election commission and anti-corruption institutions, facilitated by IFES.
September 25, 2020

Online workshop on Gender Equality and Elections

UNDP Regional Service for Africa arranged a five days online BRIDGE regional workshop on Gender Equality and Elections for relevant electoral stakeholders including National Electoral Management Bodies, CSOs and key UNDP Staff to build their capacities in the area of gender equality and elections. In total 24 participants (7 men, 17 women) from Ethiopia Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Gambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe attended the workshop attended the workshop. The workshop was led by BRIDGE facilitator Natia Kashakashvili. The workshop was held using Zoom platform from 14th to 18th September 2020. Each workshop day lasted 5-6 hours, taking into consideration the different time-zones that participants were getting online from. The overall objective of the training was to enhance the capacity of the key national stakeholders involved in elections to better integrate gender mainstreaming in their election cycle and promote an inclusive elections process; it is expected that participants will adapt their experiences to the national context. The training also provided an opportunity for exchanging of ideas and best practices between member states and serve as a platform to establish and expand a pool of experts and community of practice in the area of gender and election. During the workshop, participants have learned and gained knowledge about mainstreaming gender equality throughout the electoral cycle; also, they have analyzed various obstacles that are faced by women as voters, candidates and as election officials. Participants were also explained the impact of Electoral Systems on women representation and the importance of designing quota wisely. During the workshop, several online tools were used to guarantee interactive character of BRIDGE workshop. At the end of the workshop, participants were granted electronic Certificates. […]
September 3, 2020

La Société civile guinéenne à l’Ecole du Bridge

L'atelier s'est déroulé dans un climat de sérénité avec des participants motivés dans le strict respect des mesures barrières qu'impose la période de COVID-19. Les participants d'un niveau de loin au-dessus de la moyenne ont interagi avec les facilitateurs, ce qui a conféré à l'atelier de Mariador le succès escompté.
August 31, 2020

Les acteurs politiques guinéens à l’école du BRIDGE

Du 18 au 22 août 2020, 27 jeunes acteurs politiques de la zone spéciale de Conakry ont bénéficié d'une formation modulaire BRIDGE, grâce à l'appui technique et financier du Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUD). Au total, 27 jeunes issus de 18 formations politiques ont pris part à cette session modulaire. La facilitation était assurée par quatre facilitatuers d'atelier et un facilitateur acréditeur. L'équipe de facilitateurs était également assisté d'une équipe d'appui logistique de composée de deux volontaires des Nations Unies. Le contenu de la formation portait sur les thèmes secondaires suivants: Les types d’Organes de Gestion des Elections et leurs relations avec les parties prenantes Le Cycle électoral et l’arbre des élections Les caractéristiques d’une élection libre et équitable Qu’est-ce qui caractérise une élection parfaite ? L’Observation électorale : définition, principes fondamentaux et principes directeurs Le rôle et responsabilités des acteurs politiques et des autres acteurs électoraux dans l’organisation des scrutins et l’observation électorale ; Rôles et responsabilités de l’observateur électoral Evaluation du processus électoral ; Le contentieux électoral et l’inclusion du genre dans l’ensemble du processus électoral. Le niveau académique des bénéficiaire était élevé et ils ont accordé de l'importance à la formation sur toute la durée. Ce faisant, ils affirment avoir été outillés pour jouer pleinement leurs rôle dans leurs formations politques respectives. Une seconde session est prévue pour d'autres acteurs politiques de la zone spéciale de Conakry mais de partis politiques différents.
July 16, 2020

Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Workshop Election Managers of IPOD Political Parties, 17th- 19th June 2020 Nican Resort, Lweza, Uganda

The Event was organised by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) Uganda Office. The participants were members of the electoral management teams of their respective political parties. The purpose was strengthened the capacity on electoral issues of the parties who are members of the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD).
March 25, 2020
Below are three links to items published by International IDEA on the impact COVID-19 will have on elections. International IDEA Global overview of COVID-19: Impact on elections International IDEA Elections during COVID-19: Considerations on how to proceed with caution International IDEA Elections and COVID-19: Technical Paper […]
March 3, 2020

IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducts Voter and Civic ed workshop

In Kyiv, Ukraine from February 19-21, IFES, the CEC and the joint IFES-CEC Training Center held a three-day workshop on voter and civic education using the comprehensive and interactive Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) training curriculum.
February 26, 2020

A second BRIDGE Gender and Access workshop for CEP in Haiti

The workshop was part of BRIDGE training programme implemented by UNDP and IFES in partnership with CEP. The programme started in September 2019 and will continue over 2020
February 26, 2020

Gender equality and Access to electoral processes for CEP in Haiti

The workshop is part a BRIDGE training programme implemented by UNDP and IFES in partnership with the Provisional Electoral Council in Haiti (CEP). The programme has started in September 2019 and continues during 2020. 100 staff have profited so far from the training.
February 18, 2020

Supporting Excellence in Elections

In December 1999, a group of prominent electoral experts from around the world met in Canberra, Australia to discuss the potential structure and content of a short capacity-building program for electoral administrators. They were asked to reflect on everything which, with the benefit of hindsight, they wished they had known when starting work on their first election. The knowledge they identified formed the basis for what has become the BRIDGE curriculum. BRIDGE is a modular professional development program with a particular focus on electoral processes. It represents a unique initiative where five leading organisations in the democracy and governance field have jointly committed to developing, implementing and maintaining the most comprehensive curriculum and workshop package available, designed to be used as a tool within a broader capacity development framework. The five partners are the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD). The BRIDGE programme celebrates 20 years in 2020. As a result, the BRIDGE curriculum version 3 will be finalised as a global good. The BRIDGE curriculum includes 16 state of the art modules grouped into 4 main families namely: Foundation, Architecture, Administration and Participation. Many of the modules have already been completed and are being used by electoral management bodies and civil society organisations around the globe. For example, in January 2020 the ‘Media and Elections’ module was used in Côte d’Ivoire to increase the knowledge and skills of journalists and bloggers about the role of the media throughout the electoral process; in December 2019 the Election Commission of Pakistan ran the module on ‘Gender Equality and Elections’ for Election Officers across Pakistan Provincial and District offices to develop strategies to overcome barriers to participation; also in December 2019, the Central Election Commission of Albania ran a workshop on ‘Strategic Planning for Electoral Management’ in order to familiarise senior officials with the steps, concepts and methodologies of strategic planning as a management tool.[1] In 2019 BRIDGE was referenced by the UN Secretary-General as  ‘key platforms for building electoral capacity and institutional memory and sharing knowledge at the global level’.[2] Last year International IDEA together with Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) and National Election Commission (CNE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was able to pilot a new module focusing on ‘Financing of Elections’ in Dili, Timor-Leste. The regional BRIDGE workshop was attended by more than 30 election professionals and electoral reform advocates from several South-East Asian countries looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of principled and effective financial planning. During the workshop several of the participants were able to share there views about the value of the BRIDGE curriculum and methodology in general and the finance module in particular. Please visits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw_iSdFmxnc  (56 sec) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EfxDJzNRTg (1,17 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAmVW6Ri6jU (5,17 min) The original article was published on 28 January 2020 by International IDEA and can be found on https://www.idea.int/news-media/multimedia-reports/supporting-excellence-elections [1] For in-depth information about BRIDGE and the BRIDGE version 3 curriculum please visit the BRIDGE website via https://www.bridge-project.org/ or the ACE Electoral Knowledge Website http://aceproject.org/ace-en/bridge/ [2] 2019 UN Secretary-General’s report on electoral assistance, public UN document, A/74/285, at the following link: […]
February 6, 2020

BRIDGE Administration et Observation Electorale en République de Guinée

L'atelier modulaire a permis de renforcer les capacités d'intervention de faction professionnelle des membres de la CoCEG en matière d'observation citoyenne des élections en République de Guinée.
January 15, 2020

ABIDJAN: MÉDIAS ET ELECTIONS

Cet atelier est le deuxième d'une série de formations financées par le PNUD et animées par des facilitateurs de Gorée Institute ( Doudou DIA et Joachim BAGGNAN).
January 15, 2020

BRIDGE à Abidjan

Du 9 au 21 décembre 2019, le PNUD en collaboration avec Gorée Institute a organisé 3 ateliers Bridge au profit des organisations de la société civile, les médias et les partis politiques de la République de Côte d'Ivoire.
January 15, 2020

UNDP Elections Support Project Organize Three BRIDGE Workshops for Liberia’s NEC Staff.

Three ‘Building Resources In Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE)’ workshops for NEC staff took place between the ninth and the eighteen of December 2019 at the Millennium Guest House and Suites in Monrovia, Liberia. The training aims at building the capacity of the selected NEC staff in election administration and operations through sharing knowledge on emerging best practices from Election Management Bodies globally. This BRIDGE training is comprised of 3 three-days’ workshops targeting three different categories of NEC staff. The first training was held from 9 – 11 December, 2019 and focused on ‘Introduction to Elections Administration’. This training targeted NEC’s new staff. The second workshop took place from 12 – 14 December 2019; it covered ‘Voter registration’ and was attended by managerial staff including Deputy Executive Directors as well as heads of departments (Directors). The third training was held between 16 – 18 December 2019 and focused on ‘Election Logistics’ and was attended by the NEC Logistics Officers. All BRIDGE workshops were facilitated by an International BRIDGE Accrediting facilitator Mr. Ossama Kamel from France and four national facilitators including Mr. James Wallace, NEC’s Training Officer, the UNDP National Programme Officer Mr. Roosevelt Zayzay, NEC’s Training Director Ms. Mien- Apeh Domah and NEC’s Assistant Rivercess County Magistrate Mr. Isaac Williams. This BRIDGE training is sponsored by the UNDP Elections Support Project in partnership with the European Union, Governments of Canada, Ireland and […]
December 23, 2019

Gender Equality and Elections modular workshop for ECP Officials

By Natia Kashakashvili  UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) project provides technical assistance to support the institutional development of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Senate and the National and Provincial Assemblies. The core focus of programme activities is developing the professional skills of the Honorable Members as well as the Secretariat officials to enhance the key functions of each institution. UNDP, jointly with ECP, has launched a comprehensive training programme for the capacity building of ECP officers across Pakistan; this training programme consists of Non-BRIDGE and BRIDGE training modules. For the purpose of professional development of ECP Officers, UNDP, jointly with ECP, has conducted 3-day BRIDGE modular workshop on Gender Equality and Elections during 12-14 October, 2019. The workshop was conducted at the premises of ECP’s Federal Election Academy. The workshop was facilitated by BRIDGE facilitators Natia Kashakashvili (accrediting level lead UNDP facilitator), Asif Ali Yasin (accrediting level ECP facilitator), Nighat Siddique (workshop level ECP facilitator), Salma Hassan (workshop level UNDP facilitator). The workshop language was mainly English; though due to the participants’ diversity, local facilitators were facilitating sessions in Urdu. The workshop was attended by 29 Election Officers across Pakistan Provincial and District offices. The objective of the workshop was to equip participants with the good practices on how best to promote the participation of women in electoral and political processes. Workshop followed the activities envisaged by the Agenda based on the V3 curriculum. The workshop agenda mainly concentrated on understanding the reasons of inequalities that imbalances the level playing field and how to minimize the existing inequalities by mainstreaming gender throughout the Electoral Cycle. International IDEA quota resources and IPU database were extensively used during the workshop. Participants throughout the workshop have expressed interest and actively engaged in all the activities. Participants have engaged in the interactive sessions with more interest. Throughout the workshop participants’ appreciation towards BRIDGE methodology was increasing. […]
December 23, 2019

Political Financing Modular Workshop for ECP Officials

By Natia Kashakashvili  UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) project provides technical assistance to support the institutional development of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Senate and the National and Provincial Assemblies. The core focus of programme activities is developing the professional skills of the Honorable Members as well as the Secretariat officials to enhance the key functions of each institution. UNDP, jointly with ECP, has launched a comprehensive training programme for the capacity building of ECP officers across Pakistan; this training programme consists of Non-BRIDGE and BRIDGE training modules. For the purpose of professional development of ECP Officers, UNDP, jointly with ECP, has conducted 3-day BRIDGE modular workshop on Political Financing during 16-18 October, 2019. The workshop was conducted at the premises of ECP’s Federal Election Academy. The workshop was facilitated by BRIDGE facilitators Natia Kashakashvili (accrediting level lead UNDP facilitator), Asif Ali Yasin (accrediting level ECP facilitator), Nazar Abbas (workshop level ECP facilitator), Naeem Ahmed (workshop level ECP facilitator), Qasim Janjua (workshop level UNDP facilitator). The workshop language was English; though due to the participants’ diversity, local facilitators were mainly facilitating sessions in Urdu. The workshop was attended by 28 Election Officers across Pakistan Provincial and District offices. The objective of the workshop was to aware participants on how the Political Financing is regulated in elections from the global and local perspective. The workshop agenda mainly concentrated on understanding the importance of regulating money in politics/elections and its impact on level playing field; the rest of the agenda was structured in a way to analyze all elements of regulations that are being considered under Political Financing. Throughout the workshop International IDEA Political financing database was used extensively. Participants throughout the workshop have expressed interest and actively engaged in all the activities. Participants have very actively engaged in the comparative analysis of various countries legal frameworks of the Political Financing. Participants have especially expressed their impression regarding the methodologies used for the feedback as well as other training techniques (including using the visual training tools/videos). Throughout the workshop participants’ appreciation towards BRIDGE methodology was increasing. Participants have been asked to express their feedback regarding the sessions through the written evaluation sheets. Below is some written feedback from the participants expressed during workshop: It’s a great way to learn during such group activities when one group first learns a topic and then teaches the other group. Especially it’s time saving as the two groups were assigned the same country/topic and two members from each group taught each other. In this way 4 countries were covered simultaneously in a very small amount of time, yet the knowledge was comprehensive. Such trainings enhance our professional skills and technical aspects. Therefore, such trainings may be arranged and conducted in the future. The time may be given more for this topic, as the content is difficult (global perspective needs more time) – but it was delivered the best. Such lively workshops are necessary for all the officers of ECP, as it polishes them and specially develops confidence. It is a good step for the improvement of staff skills. BRIDGE workshops were very much beneficial and way of communication and daily work is very much impressive. Organization of the workshop was up to the mark and excellent. All the trainers and facilitators have done an excellent job and delivered to their best. Surely, this workshop shall have so much effect on us. I really enjoyed the BRIDGE training. The knowledge was important but the manner in which it was disseminated was even more important. Energizers were fun and a valuable tool. Furthermore, I wish to participate in BRIDGE workshops as a facilitator/speaker. I would like to thank all my senior officers and trainers who taught us professional manners and adopted latest strategy to enhance our skills during the training, especially when our trainers encouraged us to take part in presentations. I have never received this kind of training before during my entire service. Hence, we shall adopt to share these techniques with my colleagues to local office […]
December 23, 2019

Legal Framework Modular Workshop for ECP Officials

By Natia Kashakashvili  UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) project provides technical assistance to support the institutional development of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Senate and the National and Provincial Assemblies. The core focus of programme activities is developing the professional skills of the Honorable Members as well as the Secretariat officials to enhance the key functions of each institution. UNDP, jointly with ECP, has launched a comprehensive training programme for the capacity building of ECP officers across Pakistan; this training programme consists of Non-BRIDGE and BRIDGE training modules. For the purpose of professional development of ECP Officers, UNDP, jointly with ECP, has conducted 4-day BRIDGE modular workshop on Legal Framework during 7-10 October, 2019. The workshop was conducted at the premises of ECP’s Federal Election Academy. The objective of the workshop was to review all the levels of Legal Framework that govern the conduct of the elections, as well as to review current electoral legal framework of Pakistan that was formed after the extensive electoral legal reform. The workshop was attended by 29 Election Officers across Pakistan Provincial and District offices. The workshop was facilitated by BRIDGE facilitators Natia Kashakashvili (accrediting level lead UNDP facilitator), Asif Ali Yasin (accrediting level ECP facilitator), Abdul Qayyum (workshop level ECP facilitator), Ikram Ali (workshop level UNDP facilitator). The workshop language was mainly English; though due to the participants’ diversity, local facilitators were facilitating sessions in Urdu. Workshop followed the activities envisaged by the Agenda. First two days of the workshop agenda mainly concentrated on international aspects of the electoral Legal frameworkbased on the V2 legal framework module and sessions of the other two days – electoral legal framework of Pakistan. The participants were introduced to the intensive interactive teaching methodology for the first time; therefore, participants took some time (even days) to get acceptive of adult learning methodology. Even though participants expressed extreme interest to the topics presented, they were mentioning through the written feedback that they don’t want to work in the groups, rather they prefer lectures. With the hard-work of the facilitators, participants started to appreciate BRIDGE methodology and expressed interest and engaged in the activities (it must be noted, that this workshop became break-point that paved the way to the smoother conduct of the further workshops). […]
December 20, 2019

IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducted Gender and Elections workshop

IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID, Global Affairs Canada and the UK department for international affairs conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Gender and Elections. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge on the concept of stereotypes and myths in the field of gender, the influence of different types of electoral systems and quotas   on women’s representation and mechanisms to overcome barriers for women during the electoral process. The workshop was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on December 04-06, 2019. The workshop was held in Ukrainian language and was facilitated by BRIDGE workshop-level facilitators Evgeniy Krikopolo, Yevheniia Pavlovska, Serhii Serzhan and Anastasia Matvienko. Twenty-four participants from the CEC, CSOs of Ukraine and political parties attended the workshop (out of which three were male and twenty one female). The workshop, which was customized for the Ukrainian experience and context, engaged participants on various topics, including but not limited to: Definition of gender. Influence of myths and stereotypes Women’s rights: level playing field International election standards and principles: women’s rights The legal framework for elections and gender The electoral cycle and gender mainstreaming EMB strategies for overcoming obstacles to women’s participation in elections Representation and gender equality Electoral systems and representation of women Electoral systems and quotas Gender aspects of the selection of potential candidates by political parties Measures to increase women’s participation in political parties Money in politics and gender equality Informing and educating voters on gender issues All sessions were highly interactive and enabled participants to discuss various issues related to gender aspects of electoral process through role play, simulations, discussions and group work. Participants had the opportunity to try themselves in the role of candidates, leaders of political parties, as well as representatives of media, NGOs and EMBs, which enabled participants to better understand the roles of different stakeholders in the process of promoting reforms to ensure equal representation of men and women in politics. With the help of a number of simulations, participants were able to understand how even minor changes in the election system such as constituency magnitude, the formula and structure of the ballot can affect women’s representation. Participants throughout the workshop actively engaged in all activities and responded positively to the training. After the workshop, there was a general consensus amongst participants regarding the need to change the public attitude towards gender quotas through comprehensive educational and informational […]
December 20, 2019

Atelier modulaire Bridge au benefice de la CENI du Mali et ses partenaires en Administrtation Electorale et Planification stratégique et opérationnelle

L'atelier de formation des OGE du Mali en Administration Electorale et planification stratégique et opérationnelle s'inscrit dans le cadre du renforcement des capacités des membres de l'OGE en prélude à l'organisation des prochaines élections législatives prévues pour se tenir courant l'année 2020. Cet atelier vise également a doter le Mali d'un pool de facilitateurs d'atelier Bridge.
December 20, 2019

Modulaire à Ségou

En perspective des élections législatives prochaines et dans le cadre du projet de « RENFORCEMENT DU ROLE DE LA SOCIETE CIVILE DANS LA PROMOTION DE LA PAIX, LA COHESION SOCIALE ET LE PROCESSUS ELECTORAL AU MALI », l’Institut Electoral pour la Démocratie Durable en Afrique (EISA), a organisé au bénéfice de trois organisations de la société civile partenaires du Mali, un atelier modulaire BRIDGE sur l’Introduction à l’administration électorale dans la ville de Ségou du 9 au 13 Décembre 2019. L’atelier financé par l’Union Européenne avait pour objectif de répondre aux besoins de formation et de renforcement des capacités des membres de ces organisations et de constituer au niveau de la société civile un vivier de professionnels, de personnes ressources dotés des connaissances nécessaires et capables de faire une évaluation professionnelle de la gestion du processus électoral , et aussi impacter de façon pérenne et positive les processus électoraux en République du Mali. Il vise, en outre le renforcement du corps des facilitateurs d’atelier BRIDGE disponibles sur le terrain. Lors de l’évaluation finale de l’atelier, Les participants ont témoignés avoir bénéficié d’une formation de qualité tant du point de vue méthodologique que technique, qui impactera leurs structures de façon positive. Ils ont félicité les facilitateurs pour leur professionnalisme, leur humilité, leur ouverture et leur disponibilité qui Les ont amenés à apprécier véritablement la méthodologie BRIDGE. Les différentes organisations on tenues à Féliciter le partenaire EISA pour le renforcement du réseau des formateurs du Mali, son investissement pour la démystification de la science de l’apprentissage au Mali et la prise en compte du genre à travers le renforcement des capacités des organisations féminines du Mali. Le projet tirant à sa fin, l’ensemble des organisations de la société civile représentées se sont félicitées de la réussite et de l’atteinte des objectifs du projet qui n’aurait pas été possible sans l’investissement personnel et l’humilité du Directeur résident d’EISA Mali. Les participants ont en outre souhaité vivement la continuité du projet afin de pérenniser les acquis. Trois semi-accrédités : Oumar Ben Oumar Abdoul Malick, Fatimata Traoré et Paul G Diarra ont fait leur travail de terrain lors de cet atelier et ont obtenu chacun son certificat d’accréditation complète pour avoir rempli les conditions de délivrance dudit certificat.
December 20, 2019

BRIDGE Implementation and strategic planning workshops in Albania

From 9 to 12 December 2019, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Albania undertook two BRIDGE workshops namely a one-day BRIDGE ‘implementation workshop’ and a 3-day workshop on ‘Strategic Planning for Electoral Management’ (version 3). Both workshops were supported by the Association for Political Studies (APS), Council of Europe (CoE) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). The purpose the BRIDGE implementation workshop was to provide guidance to the CEC on designing and setting up a BRIDGE programme for 2020 and beyond. The purpose of the BRIDGE Strategic planning workshop was to: Familiarise participants with the steps, concepts and methodologies of strategic planning as a management tool that can enhance their performance; Support participants to appreciate how the applicability of strategic planning concepts and methodologies to the electoral management can help strengthening the CEC’s planning and operational capacities; Provide participants with an understanding of how, through a structured, long-ranging strategic planning process, the CEC can reach fundamental decisions and implement key strategic actions to help determine the essence of what this institution is, what it does and how it does it; Provide the Executive Management of the CEC with sufficient knowledge that can enable them to make an informed decision on whether or not to formally commit the CEC to a multi-year strategic planning process; Showcase the BRIDGE adult learning methodology to the CEC. In total, 15 participants (9 female & 6 male) attended the implementation workshop and 19 participants (11 female and 8 male) attended the strategic planning workshop. The majority of the participants were from different departments of CEC, however 3 participants were from APS. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Zage Filiposki (Accrediting BRIDGE facilitator), Ms Doina Bordeianu (CICDE, Accrediting BRIDGE facilitator) and Mr Erik Asplund (International IDEA, BRIDGE Workshop Facilitator). Also Mr Antonio Spinelli (International IDEA) acted as a guest speaker/resource person during the strategic planning workshop. Ms Ana Tenolli (CEC) and Mr Erjon Tase (APS) managed and administered the workshops.  Both workshop took place at the CEC in-house, purpose built, training facility located in the CEC HQ in Tirana, […]
December 9, 2019

FdF BRIDGE à Kinshasa après le premier transfert démocratique du pouvoir en RDC

L'activité était une formation des formateurs BRIDGE qui a eu lieu à Kinshasa,République Démocratique du Congo du 23 novembre au 2 décembre 2019. 26 participants ont pris part à la formation.
December 2, 2019

Electoral Security Administration Workshop – Hammamet, Tunisia

In the context of the Libya Electoral Security Planning and Implementation Project (LESPI) project, Creative Associates has conducted the BRIDGE Electoral Security module in Hammamet, Tunisia, from November 18-22, 2019, for 22 participants from the three LESPI Libyan partners: Ministry of Interior (MOI), HNEC and CCMCE and Creative. The workshop aimed at building the capacity of the Libya electoral security partners and develop the skills of their main trainers as electoral security trainers equipped with the required knowledge and necessary skills to expand awareness in electoral security concepts, assessments, planning and monitoring tools within their own organizations both at the national and local levels.
November 22, 2019

BRIDGE annual partners meeting hosted by International IDEA in Stockholm, Sweden

The BRIDGE annual partners meeting took place at International IDEA HQ on 23-24 October with representatives from the Australian Election Commission, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Electoral Assistance Division and International Foundation for Electoral Systems. The 2 day meeting was preceded by a expert workshop on 22 October organized by International IDEA on ‘Best Practices in Training Capacity and Delivery in Election Administration’ and a public event on ‘how to restore trust in elections – credibility and capacity at the front lines’. The 2 day BRIDGE meeting started with a discussion on the forthcoming BRIDGE institutional strengthening and professional development module. Followed by discussions on: BRIDGE workshop implementation, the he BRIDGE community of practice, the BRIDGE strategic plan, partners MoU, M&E, the BRIDGE version 3 curriculum, and promotion and outreach with a focus on BRIDGE 20th anniversary celebrations starting in 2020. […]
November 22, 2019

AEC hosts Introduction to Electoral Administration BRIDGE workshop, Melbourne

The 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 18 – 21 November 2019.
November 22, 2019

La CENI, Niger en formation modulaire BRIDGE sur l’administration électorale et la planification stratégique et financière

La Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) du Niger, en partenariat avec International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) à travers son programme de renforcement des capacités, et avec l’appui financière de l’USAid, a planifié et mis en œuvre un atelier modulaire BRIDGE qui s’est tenu du 3 au 5 juillet 2019 à l’hôtel Sahel de Niamey, Niger. L’objectif majeur de cette session de formation a été de renforcer l’expertise des participants en « Introduction à l’administration électorale » et «  planification stratégique » afin de dynamiser les actions de l’OGE en prélude aux élections prévues pour se tenir au Niger en 2020 et 2021. Au cours des trois (3) jours de formation, les participants à l’atelier ont enrichi leurs expériences en matière électorale et envisagé l’avenir avec optimisme grâce aux échanges fructueux enregistrés autour de ces deux modules de base du curriculum BRIDGE. Vingt et un participants (21) issus de la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) ont pris part à cet atelier animé par trois (3) facilitateurs d’ateliers qui sont : Theophilus DOWETIN, facilitateur accréditeur ; Nafiou WADA, facilitateur d’ateliers ; et Mariatou AMADOU, facilitateur […]
November 7, 2019

Representatives of State and Local Bodies took part in the second BRIDGE workshop on Disability Rights in Elections

On September 18-19, 2019 IFES Kyrgyzstan with financial support of USAID and in cooperation with the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, held BRIDGE Disability Rights in Elections workshop in Bishkek for representatives of State Personnel Service, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Bishkek Mayor’s Office and disabled people organizations. Twenty-four participants (14 females and 10 males) were gathered to discuss the rights of people with disabilities in the context of Kyrgyzstan. It was the second Disability Rights in Elections Workshop organized in the country (first Disability Rights and Gender in Elections BRIDGE workshop was organized in 2018). Selection of the rights of persons with disability module for the second BRIDGE workshop came in respond to the electoral stakeholders’ (state and local bodies) requests and demonstrates their readiness to have an open and constructive dialogue and cooperation. The workshop is one of the attempts to ensure inclusion at their workplace for state and local bodies. Moreover, the workshop became a platform for representatives from different state bodies and civil society organizations to discuss burning issues of inclusion of people with disabilities and ensuring their rights. This workshop is essential for the preparation to local elections this year, Parliamentary Elections in 2020 and given recently ratified Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities. The workshop conducted by the Country Director of IFES Kyrgyzstan office and accrediting BRIDGE facilitator, Renata Levovski, and BRIDGE TtF completed facilitators, Alexander Orehov, Bermet Mameyeva and Anastasia Griadasova as well as invited expert on inclusion, Sania Amirhanova, was focused on approaches towards the disability and rights-based language, myth and stereotypes related to persons with disabilities, international principles and standards and modeling accessible environment for people with disabilities. The workshop methodology is especially designed for adult learning and included theoretical and practical perspectives. During the simulation exercise participants had to vote at accessible and inaccessible polling station trying different types of disabilities on mock Election Day. Participants highly appreciated the organization of interactive workshop and facilitation style which they found very creative and unusual type of the seminar they ever took part. Participants mentioned that the workshop helped them understand better the needs of people with disabilities and necessity to provide accessible conditions for everyone. Representatives of the different state and civil society organizations built a network for further cooperation in promoting the rights of people with disabilities in Bishkek city and other regions of […]
November 6, 2019

FDF pour la société civile malienne

Du 25 octobre au 03 novembre 2019 s’est tenu à Ségou au Mali, un atelier de formation de facilitateurs BRIDGE. C’est une formation qui s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet de renforcement du rôle de la société civile dans la promotion de la paix, de la cohésion sociale et du processus électoral au Mali, initié par l’Institut Electoral pour une Démocratie Durable en Afrique (EISA) avec le soutien financier de l’Union Européenne (UE) pour apporter un appui au pays qui traverse des moments difficiles. Le projet a été mené en partenariat avec la société civile malienne s’investissant dans le domaine de l’observation électorale, de la sensibilisation électorale et de la médiation électorale et la CENI. Dans le souci de pérenniser les acquis du projet dont la clôture est prévue pour décembre 2019, mais aussi pour apporter une réponse adéquate aux besoins de formation de ses partenaires que sont : le Pool d’Observation Citoyenne du Mali (POCIM), le Réseau Citoyen de Médiation (RECIM), la Synergie Citoyenne pour des Elections Libres (SCIEL) et la CENI, EISA a mis en place un processus de création de deux pool de facilitateurs BRIDGE, l’un au niveau de la CENI et l’autre au niveau de ses partenaires de la société civile. Le présent atelier est le deuxième après celui tenu du 08 au 17 octobre avec comme participants la CENI et ses partenaires. Les participants, en majorité des formateurs, ont été émerveillés par la méthodologie BRIDGE dont la démarche originale leur permettra non seulement de s’assurer désormais de l’atteinte des objectifs de leurs futurs ateliers mais aussi de se comporter autrement. A la clôture de l’atelier, les 24 participants ont chacun reçu un certificat pour avoir rempli les conditions de base de la FDF.
November 6, 2019

BRIDGE à Bangui: article pour le site BRIDGE

Mise en place en décembre 2013, l’Autorité Nationale des Elections est l’organe technique, permanent et indépendant en charge de la préparation, de l’organisation et de la supervision des toutes les élections et des consultations référendaires en République Centrafricaine. Après des élections réussies en 2015 et 2016, l’A.N.E. s’engage dans un nouveau processus électoral devant conduire à l’élection du Président de la République et des Députés à l’Assemblée Nationale en 2020 et 2021. Pour s’outiller davantage, elle a organisé avec le soutien financier de l’OIF, un atelier Bridge qui s’est tenu à Bangui du 04 au 08 octobre 2019. Les modules « Introduction à l’administration électorale » et « genre et élections » ont constitué le contenu de cet atelier. Les Commissaires électoraux, le personnel de l’A.N.E, des cadres du Ministère en charge de l’Administration territoriale et des représentants de quelques organisations de la Société civile ont été les participants de cet atelier qui, cinq jours durant, a permis des échanges d’un niveau élevé. Les normes internationales en matière électorale, les critères qui s’appliquent aux élections libres et équitables, les principes directeurs pour la gestion électorale et le rôle, le mandat des OGE et la question de leur pérennité, sont entre autres, les sessions déroulées dans le module « introduction à l’administration électorale », à travers les techniques du Bridge basées sur les partages d’expérience, les exercices pratiques, les jeux de rôle etc. Sur le module « Genre et élections », les participants ont échangé autour des sujets tels que la participation des femmes aux élections, les barrières à l’inscription et au vote des femmes, la situation des femmes dans le monde politique et dans des pays d’après guerre. Ils ont surtout identifié les obstacles à l’accès optimal des femmes au processus électoral et examiné les stratégies possibles de contournement de ces obstacles. Cet atelier a été également l’occasion de l’accréditation complète de 4 facilitateurs Bridge en République centrafricaine. Une participante a déclaré : « Je suis sortie de ces cinq jours totalement renversée de la conception que je me faisais des responsabilités d’un OGE, mais aussi de ma vision de la place de la femme dans la société ». Cette déclaration témoigne de la densité des thèmes et aussi de l’efficacité de la méthode Bridge qui sans conteste, permet une meilleure compréhension des situations et phénomènes professionnelles et sociaux. Mise en place en décembre 2013, l’Autorité Nationale des Elections est l’organe technique, permanent et indépendant en charge de la préparation, de l’organisation et de la supervision des toutes les élections et des consultations référendaires en République Centrafricaine. Après des élections réussies en 2015 et 2016, l’A.N.E. s’engage dans un nouveau processus électoral devant conduire à l’élection du Président de la République et des Députés à l’Assemblée Nationale en 2020 et 2021. Pour s’outiller davantage, elle a organisé avec le soutien financier de l’OIF, un atelier Bridge qui s’est tenu à Bangui du 04 au 08 octobre 2019. Les modules « Introduction à l’administration électorale » et « genre et élections » ont constitué le contenu de cet atelier. Les Commissaires électoraux, le personnel de l’A.N.E, des
October 30, 2019

Formation des Formateurs Bridge au benefice de la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante du Mali et ses partenaires

Depuis quelques années, le Mali traverse une crise sociopolitique et sécuritaire qui ébranle les fondements mêmes de l’Etat et met en péril l’unité et la cohésion de la Nation. Le retour à une paix durable passe par la restauration d’un climat de confiance mutuelle, la construction et la consolidation de l’unité entre tous les Maliens au-delà des appartenances ethnique, religieuse, régionale ou politique. Si les élections, qui sont un maillon essentiel de la démocratie, concourent à cet objectif par la légitimation des institutions en charge de la gouvernance, une bonne administration des processus électoraux par les organes de gestion des élections (OGE) au Mali accroîtrait ainsi la crédibilité et l’acceptation des résultats tout en réduisant les risques de violences électorales. C’est dans ce cadre que l’Institut Electoral pour une Démocratie Durable en Afrique (EISA), en collaboration avec la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) s’est engagé dans une dynamique de renforcement des capacités des organes intervenant dans la gestion du processus électoral au Mali, à travers l’organisation d’un atelier de formation des formateurs BRIDGE à Ségou du 08 au 17 octobre 2019 avec l’appui financier de l’Union européenne. L’objectif majeur de cette session de formation est de contribuer à consolider les connaissances et expériences des membres des différentes composantes de l’OGE malien sur le processus électoral afin de leur permettre de jouer pleinement le rôle que leur confère la législation malienne à savoir l’organisation, le contrôle et le suivi des opérations électorales devant contribuer à parachever l’ancrage de la démocratie et de l’Etat de droit au Mali. Il s’est donc agi pendant cette formation de dix (10) jours de renforcer les connaissances électorales de 22 responsables de la CENI et de ses démembrements, du Ministère de l’Administration du Territoire et de la Décentralisation (MATD) et de la Délégation Générale des Elections (DGE) afin de constituer un vivier d’experts électoraux certifiés, capables d'utiliser une méthodologie originale et spécifique dans la dissémination des connaissances électorales. Trois (3) Facilitateurs dont un Facilitateur Accréditeur et deux facilitateurs d’Atelier, ont été identifiés pour animer cette formation des formateurs. Ce sont : 1. Pathé DIENG, Facilitateur accréditeur de la République de Guinée, 2. Baidessou SOUKOLGUE, expert de EISA, facilitateur d’atelier 3. Aimé KONAN, expert de EISA, facilitateur d’atelier. Au terme de dix jours d’intenses travaux, l’ensemble des participants a apprécié la formation et l’originalité de la méthodologie utilisée par le curriculum BRIDGE. Tous ayant satisfait aux critères définis dans le curriculum Bridge, il a été décerné à chacun des participants une Certification en qualité de Facilitateur Semi-accrédité Bridge. Les Facilitateurs
October 18, 2019

IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducts Electoral Systems’ workshop

On September 24-26, IFES, in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Training Center, conducted a three-day workshop on electoral systems using the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) curriculum.
October 4, 2019

Regional BRIDGE Workshop on Financing of Elections, Dili, Timor-Leste 26-28 August 2019

The Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), the National Elections Commission (CNE), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) jointly organized a Regional Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshop on financing of elections on 26-28 August in Dili, Timor-Leste. The workshop was supported by Japan and the Republic of South Korea. More than 30 people attended the workshop from EMBs and CSOs across the region. The workshop represented the first time that the BRIDGE module on Financing of Elections developed by International IDEA could be piloted. All participants rated the content and presentations completely satisfactory across the 3-day workshop. The workshop coincides with Timor-Leste celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Popular Consultation in which the Timorese people exercised their right to self-determination and voted overwhelmingly for independence. Objectives The BRIDGE financing of elections workshop explored some of the general principles of sound financial planning – in a general sense, and also specifically in relation to electoral events and the electoral cycle. The workshops specifically aimed to accomplish the following: introduce participants to the concepts and principles of financial planning; explore working definitions of election costs; election budgets and revenue sources for funding the administration of elections; explore the types of costs and cost considerations and budget methods that are used by EMBs; provide practice advocating for scarce funds, and for developing business cases for funding requests; provide some tools for effective financial planning; provide an opportunity for participants to develop their own plans, budgets, etc for their own context. And pilot and further develop the version 3 module ahead of its official launch on the BRIDGE website in late 2019. Participants Thirty-three (33) election professionals and electoral reform advocates from Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malawi, Mozambique and Timor-Leste participated during the workshop (6 female and 27 male). The EMB participants included officials from STAE, CNE, the Indonesian General Election Commission, the Union Election Commission of Myanmar, the Election Commission Malaysia, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections and the Election Commission of Thailand. Civil Society Organizations were represented by the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), NETGRIT, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Rainmaker Myanmar, and the Open Forum for Democracy Foundation. International organizations that participated included UNDP Timor-Leste, IFES Indonesia, IRI Timor-Leste, and SADC. International IDEA delivered welcoming remarks and official statement from the BRIDGE partners available via: […]
October 4, 2019

Genre et élection à Dakar

Pour le PNUD et l'ONU-Femmes, la réalisation de l'égalité des sexes et l'autonomisation des femmes dans les processus politiques et électoraux est une priorité absolue. Au niveau de l’une et l’autre de ces deux organisations, les efforts sont orientés vers l'amélioration de la participation électorale des femmes, à la fois sur les listes électorales et comme candidates, le renforcement des capacités des OGE, des partis politiques, des médias et autres institutions contribuant à la promotion de l'égalité des sexes et de la démocratie durable pour les rendre genre sensible. La promotion et le renforcement du leadership féminin et la participation des femmes aux processus de prise de décision contribuent à la réalisation du plan stratégique 2019-2021 de l’ONU Femmes, et de celui 2018-2021du PNUD.  Les bureaux de pays, à travers toutes les régions, sont engagés dans des programmes qui appuient les efforts des Etats membres pour le respect des engagements auxquels ils ont souscrit aux plans régional et international.  C’est pour optimiser l’efficacité de leurs appuis que les bureaux régionaux du PNUD et de l’ONU-Femmes ont réuni à Dakar du 17 au 20 septembre 2019, des membres d’une vingtaine de bureaux nationaux pour prendre part pendant 5 jours à un atelier régional BRIDGE sur le module « Genre et élections ». Tout au long de l’atelier, les échanges ont été d’un très bon niveau, confirmant ainsi que les participants, dans leurs postes respectifs, s’investissent pour la participation des femmes à tous les cercles de prise de décisions. L’exercice sur les avantages et les inconvénients des genres ainsi que la simulation sur les droits des femmes s’inscrivent parmi les moments forts de l’atelier par la prise de conscience qu’ils ont suscitée tant au niveau des participants que des participantes. Les participants ont apprécié la formation et l’originalité de la méthodologie utilisée par le curriculum BRIDGE pour le renforcement des capacités. Ils ont félicité les facilitateurs qui de leur avis ont dispensé le cours avec beaucoup de compétences. Les facilitateurs à leur tour, ont reconnu le niveau très élevé des participants qui leur a facilité la tâche. La participation active à toutes les activités (Sessions, brise-glace, anti-siestes) dénote du grand intérêt qu’ils ont accordé à l’atelier. A la fin, les facilitateurs ont organisé la remise des certificats. Les 21 participants ont reçu chacun un certificat de participation pour avoir rempli les conditions de base.
September 20, 2019

Workshop on Gender and Elections, Sylhet, Bangladesh 11-12 December 2018

The Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat (ECS), in partnership with UN Women and UNDP organized its fifth and BRIDGE workshop on Gender and Elections under the framework “Support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections 2018-2019 (SBPE)” on 11-12 December 2018 at the Hotel Valley Garden in Sylhet. The workshop was attended by 32 participants including 9 women, which had the highest women’s representation of all BRIDGE workshops conducted under this initiative. 13 participants represented the ECS Regional and District Offices of Sylhet, and 18 represented the media, CSOs promoting women’s rights, election observation organizations and universities. Mr. Saiful Chowdhury, Deputy Chief of the ECS who attended the workshop as resource person, intervened on several sessions. In particular, he highlighted the importance of all stakeholders to work together to advocate around political parties to strengthen women’s participation in party leadership and in achieving 33% representation of women in party committees by 2020 in accordance with the RPO (The Representation of the People Order) amended in 2009. Comments received from the participants: “Women’s participation in Elections is very important as they represent 50% of our population. So I need to vote for honest leadership who can contribute for the betterment of especially women”. – Female participant “The BRIDGE workshop helped us including ECS officials, journalists, civil society leaders, teachers and students to be a team to work to ensure a peaceful election environment in our area”. – CSO leader participant The workshop was conducted by the following BRIDGE facilitators: Saif Uddin Ahmed, Consultant, UN Women Bangladesh SM Asaduzzaman, Joint Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat, Bangladesh Farhad Ahmed, Democracy International, […]
September 20, 2019

Workshop on Gender and Elections, Rajshahi, Bangladesh 4-5 December 2018

The Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat (ECS), in partnership with UN Women and UNDP organized its fourth BRIDGE workshop on Gender and Elections under the framework “Support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections 2018-2019 (SBPE)” on 4-5 December 2018 at the Nanking Darbar Hall in Rajshahi. The workshop was inaugurated by Election Commissioner Begum Kabita Khanam along with senior officials of the ECS. During her inaugural speech, she highlighted the significant progress on women’s representation that had been achieved in Bangladesh in the recent decades, including through constitutional laws to promote gender equality and women’s political participation, and specifically through the application of quotas in favor of women. Furthermore, women have generally represented half of the voters’ list, turning out on Election Day as almost the same rate as men. At the same time, she recalled that the equal participation between women and men which is guaranteed by the Constitution has not yet been achieved, and that all stakeholders have an important role to play, stressing that the workshop was an opportunity to further strengthen capacity to promote gender equality in the electoral process. The workshop was attended by 31 participants including 7 women. 12 participants represented the ECS Regional and District Offices of Rajshahi, and 20 represented the media, CSOs promoting women’s rights, election observation organizations and universities, considered key stakeholders of the electoral process. Comments received from the participants: “As a governance activist, I had the opportunity to talk to election officials directly and learn about the election management process as well as related challenges”. – Female participant “As Civil Society Organizations, we can work with Political Parties to increase the number of women representatives in political parties’ committees to 33% by 2020 if the Election Commission involves us through programs such as the BRIDGE”. The workshop was conducted by the following BRIDGE facilitators: Saif Uddin Ahmed, Consultant, UN Women Bangladesh Shahedunnabi Chowdhury, Deputy Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat, Bangladesh Farhana Fatema, Assistant Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat, […]
September 20, 2019

Workshop on Gender and Elections, Barisal, Bangladesh 23-24 November 2018

The Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat (ECS), in partnership with UN Women and UNDP organized its third BRIDGE workshop on Gender and Elections under the framework “Support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections 2018-2019 (SBPE)” on 16-17 November 2018 at the Bangladesh Development Society (BDS) in Barisal. The workshop was inaugurated by Election Commissioner Brigadier General (Retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury along with senior officials of the ECS. During his inaugural speech, he highlighted the presence of 104 million voters in the country of which half are women, and taking this into consideration, he urged women voters to exercise their voting right in the upcoming election to play a role in forming a government. The workshop was attended by 31 participants including 7 women. 12 participants represented the ECS Regional and District Offices of Barisal, and 19 represented the media, CSOs promoting women’s rights, election observation organizations and universities. Throughout the workshop, participants expressed their interest and actively engaged in all the sessions, with particular enthusiasm on the session “Voter Outreach: Messages and Methods for gender inclusive elections”. They appreciated the workshop methodology and the professionalism of the facilitation team, and thanked the workshop management team for choosing to implement the workshop in Barisal, emphasizing that it opened a window of opportunity and sensitized them on gender equity in elections. Comments received from the participants: “As an election official, I had the opportunity to hear from community leadership about our election management responsibilities. Their suggestions will help me to think better to ensure a safe and peaceful voting environment especially for women”. – ECS participant “Ensuring the right to Freedom of Expression, Peaceful Assembly, Freedom of Association is the key to uphold true democratic practice. I realized this clearly through participating in this BRIDGE workshop”. – Journalist participant “As Journalist I came to understand the preparation of election officials for ensuring safety and security of women in the upcoming election and these information will help us to monitor and prepare investigative election reports”. – Journalist participant The workshop was conducted by the following BRIDGE facilitators: Saif Uddin Ahmed, Consultant, UN Women Bangladesh Shahedunnabi Chowdhury, Deputy Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat, Bangladesh Fahmida Sultana, Assistant Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat, […]
September 20, 2019

Workshop on Gender and Elections Chattogram, Bangladesh 16-17 November 2018

The Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat (ECS), in partnership with UN Women and UNDP organized its second BRIDGE workshop on Gender and Elections under the framework of the project “Support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections 2018-2019 (SBPE)” on 16-17 November 2018 at the Regional Public Administration Training Center (RPATC) in Chattogram. Mr. Helal Uddin Ahmed, Secretary of the ECS attended the workshop and presided the closing ceremony. The workshop was attended by 30 participants including 8 women. 13 participants represented the ECS Regional and District Offices of Chattogram, and 17 represented the media, CSOs promoting women’s rights, election observation organizations and universities. The discussions focused on identifying barriers to women’s effective participation including those associated with families and communities, socio-economic limitations as well as security issues, while the participants proposed actions to strengthen women’s participation, including through measures to ensure their safety and security. The Secretary led a session on “The Role of the Election Commission Secretariat in enhancing women’s participation in the electoral process”. He explained the specific measures put in place for the 11th parliamentary election, notably provisions to make polling stations’ facilities gender-sensitive and accessible to all women, with priority given to women living with disability, elderly women, pregnant and breastfeeding women. He also took note on the need to ensure security especially for female polling staff and party agents through the provision of adequate law enforcement agencies. Finally, he stated that this workshop was important to connect with stakeholders working on the ground to understand the issues and demands specific to localities. In his closing remarks, the Secretary encouraged all to continue making efforts towards achieving the full and effective participation of women in the electoral process. During an interview with the press at the end of the workshop, the Secretary requested all political parties to include 33% representation of women by 2020, in accordance with the requirements established by the RPO (The Representation of the People Order) amended in 2009. The workshop, which was very interactive using a mixture of methodologies, was highly appreciated by all the participants. They took particular interest on in the “Gender and Women in Politics” session as well as the “Level Playing Field” simulation. Comments received from the participants: “The BRIDGE Workshop is participatory and inspiring. It has given us an opportunity to understand the relation between Gender and Elections, which will help us to be better Governance activists”. – Participant “I would have benefited even more from participating in the full, four-day BRIDGE gender and elections module; I would like to further deepen my understanding on the issue and also have the opportunity to become a BRIDGE facilitator”. – Male ECS participant The workshop was conducted by the following BRIDGE facilitators: Saif Uddin Ahmed, Consultant, UN Women Bangladesh SM Assaduzzaman, Joint Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat, Bangladesh Esmot Ara Easmin, Khan Foundation, […]
September 20, 2019

Workshop on gender and elections, Rangpur, Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat (ECS), in partnership with UN Women and UNDP organized its first BRIDGE workshop on Gender and Elections under the framework of the project “Support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections 2018-2019 (SBPE)” on 10-11 November 2018 at the RDRS in Rangpur. The implementation of the BRIDGE workshop was proposed as part of a holistic approach the ESC had initiated in 2018, to enhance gender-sensitive electoral management at the central and local levels, through identifying and reducing the existing barriers to women’s effective participation through proposing strategies that can be undertaken to achieve the full and effective participation of women in the 11th Parliamentary election and in the different phases of the electoral cycle. This was also an opportunity for the current pool of Bangladeshi BRIDGE facilitators from the ECS and civil society organizations who had received full accreditation in recent years through initiatives of UN Women and other organizations, to apply their knowledge and skills for the benefit of the key stakeholders working in the field, while at the same time gain further experience as BRIDGE facilitators. Taking into consideration the limited time before the electoral operational period, the SBPE Project in agreement with the ECS adapted and tailored the standard BRIDGE gender and elections module into a two-day workshop, focusing principally on promoting women’s participation in elections and specifically on preventing violence against women in elections. The main topics covered were: International Standards and Principles for Democratic Elections, Sex and Gender, Electoral Cycle and Gender, Women in Politics, A Level Playing Field, Preventing Violence Against Women in Elections, Voter Outreach Messages and Methods, as well as the role of the Election Commission Secretariat and Political Parties in enhancing women’s participation in elections. The workshop in Rangpur, which was the first of a series, was inaugurated by the Election Commissioner Mr. Md Rafiqul Islam along with senior officials of the ECS. He also intervened on several sessions, emphasizing the need to transform traditional perceptions and expectations based on gender that still prevail in Bangladeshi societies. He also underscored that the transformations must start within families, which are the foundation of constructing gender roles and in empowering women in order to strengthen women’s participation in the society as a whole. The workshop was attended by 31 participants, including 7 women. 12 participants represented the ECS Regional and District Offices of Rangpur, and 19 represented the media, CSOs promoting women’s rights, election observation organizations and universities. The discussions by the participants clearly indicated the strong will and desire to promote equal participation between men and women in elections, while they also shared the challenges they faced in doing so, due to existing laws, institutional cultures and perceptions rooted in the society. Comments received from the participants: “BRIDGE workshop helped me to see the Election Cycle through a Gender Lens. I realized that an election is not a one day event. We need to concentrate on pre, during and post election activities to ensure a peaceful election environment for women.” – Participant “At the grassroots level, people are less gender sensitive and they need to understand the relation between Gender and Elections. In this sense, district-based BRIDGE programs will help our grassroots organizations to implement their activities with more gender sensitivity”. (Note: in Bangladesh there are 64 districts) The workshop was conducted by the following BRIDGE facilitators: Saif Uddin Ahmed, Consultant, UN Women Bangladesh Shahida Parvin, Bangladesh Nari Progati […]
September 20, 2019

BRIDGE _Disability Rights and Elections Module

The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN), with support of UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP) and the European Union, conducted a BRIDGE Disability Rights and Elections 3 days workshop in Kathmandu from 13-15 September 2019. There were twenty-two participants in the workshop. They included representatives from the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, people with disabilities (PWD), disabled people’s organisations (DPO), disability rights advocacy groups, political parties and the media.
September 17, 2019

Le PNUD contribue à l’éducation civique et électorale des acteurs de la société civile en Guinée- Région de Kankan

Cette session de formation qui s’inscrit dans la perspective des prochaines élections législatives en Guinée vise le renforcement des capacités des acteurs de la société civile sur le processus électoral, notamment, les organes de gestion des élections, genre et élection, l’éducation civique et électorale, l'observation électorale et les systèmes électoraux.
September 17, 2019

Election Operational Management workshop, Nepal

Report on Electoral Operational Planning Module (Version 3)   6-7 September 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal On the 6th and 7th September, the Election Commission, Nepal (ECN) organized a two-day Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshop on Electoral Operational Management in view of the upcoming by-elections scheduled for the 30th of November 2019. Nepal is holding by-elections for 51 vacant positions, including a parliamentary seat and three provincial assembly seats with the remaining seats being local-level positions. The workshop took place at the Electoral Education and Information Centre (EEIC), which is within the premises of the ECN, and was attended by 26 participants, out of whom 6 were female participants. The participants included staff from the ECN’s headquarters representing various units of the organization and was organized in order to enhance the knowledge and skills of the ECN staff who are currently preparing the operational timeline for the approaching by-elections. Objectives The main objectives of the Electoral Operational Planning meeeting were: To provide participants with an overall vision of the entire operational planning process. To identify the main stages of election operational planning which will help in making elections credible. To enable participants to prepare, implement and adjust a comprehensive operational planning process. To support ECN in preparing Operational Planning for the upcoming by-election.   Inauguration and Closing Sessions The Secretary of the ECN, Ms. Dev Kumari Guragain, stressed in her opening remarks that excellent planning in elections will contribute to credible and fair elections. The Chief Technical Advisor of the UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP), Mr. Vincent da Cruz appealed to the participants to ensure that the reach of the workshop goes beyond them as individuals and beyond the upcoming by-elections to contribute to a a broader and lasting impact. The Joint Secretary of the ECN, Ms. Girija Sharma requested the particpants to maximize their learning during the two-day programme. The workshop was supported by ESP with backing from the European Union.  This workshop was highly interactive and participants shared their knowledge and the by-election calendars that they prepared in their units. The participants were informed of different aspects and issues of Operational Planning. The workshop included sessions on the definition of operational planning, how is it different from strategic planning, steps and major components of the operational calendar, steps of operational planning and risks. Participants also prepared a master operational plan for upcoming by-elections. The participants gave positive feedback during the closing session of the programme, in which they appreciated the information, the content, the practical sessions of preparing the operational calendar, operational plans of their respective units and also the opportunity to exchange their views, experiences and major tasks for the upcoming by-elections.  Mr Rudra  Prasad Subedi, Under Secretary (Deputy Attorney) , who was also a participant, stated that this two-day workshop fulfilled the expectations of the participants. He addeded that the workshop was important to help revise the draft election operational timeline that had already been prepared and add important details that an operations plan should contain.   The team of facilitators included: Mr Surya Prasad Aryal – Accrediting Facilitator, ECN Ms Nikila Shrestha – Accrediting Facilitator, UNDP Mr Kundan Das Shrestha – Accrediting Facilitator, UNDP Mr Chandra Siwakoti – Facilitator, ECN Mr Deshbandu Adhikari – Facilitator, ECN Photos available at: www.bit.do/bridge-op-plan […]
September 5, 2019

Les acteurs de la Société Civile de la Région de Labé à l’école du BRIDGE

Cette formation s’inscrit dans le cadre des activités pré-électorales phase préélectorale et vise à renforcer les capacités des acteurs de la société civile sur le processus électoral en prélude aux élections législatives prévues avant la fin de l’année 2019
August 29, 2019

UNEAD and UNDP organised a BRIDGE showcase for UN staff in New York

On 23 – 24 January, 2019, the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UN EAD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) organized a two-day BRIDGE showcase on the topics: (i) Electoral Access and (ii) Media and Elections. The showcase which took place at the UN Secretariat building in New York was another step in UN EAD and UNDP providing an avenue to staff members from the UN Secretariat, agencies, funds and programs to discuss key electoral issues and familiarize with the BRIDGE methodology. 27 participants (19 women and 8 men) attended the workshop, comprising staff from the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Department of Peace Operations (DPO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). There was very high interest from staff across the UN system to attend the showcase, which underscores the need for such thematic trainings, particularly in a subject of relevance like elections. The main objectives of the showcase were the following:  To provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and good practices on access to electoral processes and media and elections, To familiarized participants with the BRIDGE professional development methodology and curricula; and  To promote partnerships and cooperation among UN staff Mr. Patrick Keuleers, Director, Governance and Peacebuilding, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP, in his opening remarks emphasized the utility of BRIDGE as a professional development programme in the field of elections and how it has been used in multiple countries, across the world. He encouraged participants to take advantage of the opportunity to share their diverse experiences on the subjects. As an introduction, participants were given an overview of BRIDGE and the UN electoral assistance framework. On the electoral access module, the following sessions were covered: access and political rights: introduction to access; understanding groups with access issues: prejudice; understanding electoral rights and our commitments: national law and ICCPR and understanding groups with access issues–observer scenarios. The module on media and elections focused on the following sessions: introduction to the media and the electoral cycle; the EMB – media relationship: media as a watchdog for public interest; the EMB – media relationship: election rumours; the EMB – media relationship: fake news; legal and institutional frameworks- dealing with defamation; legal and institutional frameworks- regulatory bodies; and strategic communications. The training was highly interactive, and participants shared experiences on the subjects from their respective field of work. The facilitators received many positive feedbacks after the training, in which participant appreciated the BRIDGE methodology, the content on the topics discussed and also the opportunity to exchange views and experiences with staff from other parts of the UN system. Herbert Loret of the UN Department of Peace Operations, gave the following feedback, which summed up the response from participants: “…it should have been mandatory for all members of the Inter-Agency Coordination Mechanism for Electoral Assistance (ICMEA) [for] (team building!). Congratulations to all of you, it was super interesting and very well managed, I think all the participants were pleased”. The team of facilitators included: Aleida Ferreyra – Accrediting Facilitator Risa Arai – Facilitator Hassan Kelleh Sesay – […]
August 19, 2019

Building local capacities in Guatemala for inclusive electoral administration

In the lead-up to the forthcoming Guatemalan general elections of June 2019, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized the first BRIDGE workshop on introduction to electoral administration and access. This capacity building initiative took place in Guatemala City from 31 January to 1st February 2019, and was organized in partnership with Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and with financial support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This training was mainly addressed to electoral staff and members of the disability rights organization National Council for Persons with Disabilities (CONADI). Its main goal was to analyze the gender approach and the political participation of under-represented groups from an election management perspective, allowing participants to reflect on their daily work at the TSE and sharing good practice in the area of inclusion. During the two-day workshop, participants were exposed to comparative perspectives on models of election management across the Latin American region, as well as different approaches to promote inclusion throughout the electoral cycle. The didactic methodology of BRIDGE also included team-building activities, hands-on civic campaign development and evaluation, and engaging rich discussions about professional ethics and integrity. Furthermore, the second day focused particularly on access of under-represented groups to the electoral process, and participants could learn more about the obstacles to the participation of women, youth, people with disabilities and LGBTI persons, as well as possible solutions based on good practice from other countries, especially in Latin America. In his opening remarks to the second day of the BRIDGE workshop, TSE President Magistrate Mario Aguilar thanked IFES for its continuous support to the TSE and praised BRIDGE’s objectives to promote democratic principles and electoral best practices and to enhance participants’ skills with useful tools and resources. CONADI Director Sebastian Toledo also mentioned the importance of the workshop in giving electoral accessibility and inclusion the attention and priority these topics deserve. The BRIDGE facilitation team was composed by two experienced accrediting facilitators: Alessandra Rossi, Resident Director of IFES in Guatemala, and Lluis Juan Rodriguez, IFES consultant. Under the Electoral Governance and Reforms Project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, IFES will continue to collaborate with the TSE to strengthen the capacity of its personnel to administer successful, transparent and inclusive elections and contribute to the consolidation of democracy in […]
August 19, 2019

La CENI, Niger et ses partenaires en formation modulaire Bridge sur l’administration électorale et la planification stratégique et financière.

La Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) du Niger, en partenariat avec International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) à travers son programme de renforcement des capacités, et avec l’appui financière de l’USAid, a planifié et mis en œuvre un atelier modulaire BRIDGE qui s’est tenu du 03 au 05 juillet 2019 à l’hôtel Sahel de Niamey, Niger. L’objectif majeur de cette session de formation a été de renforcer l’expertise des participants en « Introduction à l’administration électorale » et «  planification stratégique » afin de dynamiser les actions de l’OGE en prélude aux élections prévues pour se tenir au Niger en 2020 et 2021. Au cours des trois (3) jours de formation, les participants à l’atelier ont enrichi leurs expériences en matière électorale et envisagé l’avenir avec optimisme grâce aux échanges fructueux enregistrés autour de ces deux modules de base du curriculum BRIDGE. Vingt et un participants (21) issus de la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) ont pris part à cet atelier animé par trois (3) facilitateurs d’ateliers qui sont : Theophilus DOWETIN, facilitateur accréditeur ; Nafiou WADA, facilitateur d’ateliers ; et Mariatou AMADOU, facilitateur […]
August 4, 2019

FORMATION DES MEMBRES DE LA COMMISSION ELECTORALE NATIONALE INDEPENDENTE (CENI), NIGER SUR LE MODULE « INSCRIPTION DES ELECTEURS » Rédigé par Mariatou AMADOU et Theophilus DOWETIN

Les capacités des membres de la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) ont une fois de plus été renforcées à travers une formation BRIDGE sur le module « Inscription des électeurs » tenue à Niamey du 25 au 29 juillet 2019. Cette formation qui est la suite de celles relatives à « l’Introduction à l’Administration Electorale » et « Planification Stratégique » organisée du 03 au 05 juillet 2019. La formation a été animée par Théophilus DOWETIN, Mariatou AMADOU et Wada NAFIOU. Il est à noter que cette série de formation, mise en œuvre par IFES, qui vise le renforcement des capacités de Vingt Cinq (25) membres de la CENI afin qu’ils puissent prendre en charge de manière efficace et efficiente, la gestion du processus électoral en cours au Niger est le fruit d’un partenariat entre la CENI et l’USAID. Dans son mot introductif et même de clôture de la session modulaire sur « l’Inscription des Electeurs », le Président de la CENI, Maître Issaka SOUNA n’a pas manqué de rappeler l’utilité et l’importance de cette formation pour la CENI qui vient à point nommé à un moment décisif où la CENI aborde justement la phase d’inscription des futures électeurs du Niger avec les préparatif de l’enrôlement sur la Liste Electorale Biométrique. C’est pourquoi, toute la gratitude et les remerciements de la CENI ont été adressés à l’endroit du formateur et des facilitateurs de la session et l’USAID et IFES pour leurs contributions et inestimables en vue la tenue d’élections justes et crédibles au Niger. Sept (7) modules restants relatifs à la préparation et l’organisation des votes, la gestion du contentieux électoral, la gestion des BV et transmission des résultats, etc. vont également être dispensés aux membres de la CENI en fonction du calendrier et conformément aux accords partenariales de renforcement des capacités de la […]

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