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 […]
July 26, 2019

Les acteurs de la société civile guinéenne à l’école du BRIDGE module Genre et Election (Régions de Kindia et Boké)

Ces sessions de formation BRIDGE sont offertes par le Bureau Pays du PNUD en République de Guinée aux acteurs de la société civile. Elles s'inscrivent dans le cadre des activités préélectorales et en prélude aux élections législatives prévues au dernier trimetre de l'année 2019
July 12, 2019

Strategic Planning with the Fijian Elections Office

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO), in conjunction with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), conducted a 3-days BRIDGE Strategic Planning in Electoral Management (V3) workshop in Suva, Fiji, 19-21 June 2019. The workshop was aimed to assist the FEO in developing a new corporate strategic plan for the period 2020 -2023. The workshop participants were FEO personnel, predominantly senior management, including the Supervisor of Elections (SoE) Mr Mohammed Saneem and the two FEO Directors. The Electoral Commissioner Mr Simione Naiduki also attended all three days as the workshop guest. BRIDGE facilitators for the workshop were Asenaca Kolinivala and Ana Mataiciwa from the FEO and Brian Latham and Jennifer Hammond from the AEC. The facilitators together brought a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise to the workshop. Mr Mohammed Saneem, in opening the workshop, welcomed participants and facilitators, giving an overview of the reasons the FEO was placing great importance on this preparatory training and encouraging participants to strongly engage with the program over the following three days. The FEO intended to develop their 2020-2023 Strategic Plan in the weeks following the workshop. The three-day program covered the first five sections of the Strategic Planning module – planning theory – examining the general principles and structure of strategic planning for an EMB and where and how they could/would be applied to the new FEO plan. The very last part of the workshop itself began with senior management informing the group which personnel were to form the Planning Committee and the Core Team and continued with detailing the logistics of the Strategic Planning process to be conducted the following week. Participation from all workshop attendees was most enthusiastic – all activities were undertaken with a positive sense of purpose. Participants comments were overwhelmingly positive and included ‘Were there elements of the workshop you found particularly useful?’ Refresher on various topics and principles Group activities Preparation for developing the actual SP The breakdown of aspirations following a structure Discussions ‘Props’ and discussions Handouts ‘Are there areas of learning that will change the way you work?’ Thinking outside the box Will assist in future SP drafting Will enable me to broaden my knowledge The workshop will enable me to clearly understand why I do what I do There will be a shift of paradigm this time when we proceed with the Strategic Planning exercise ‘Other comments’ Awesome presenters Facilitation team is excellent and well versed with the module Learning new things about strategic planning Improves knowledge of processes Vital information To conclude the workshop, SoE Mr Mohammed Saneem, gave a presentation based on key points raised at the workshop and their relevance to the upcoming planning process. He thanked the facilitators and praised the participants for their professional approach throughout the workshop and assured the group they demonstrated the necessary skill and experience to successfully conduct the FEO strategic planning sessions the following week. Workshop participants each received a Certificate of Completion from Electoral Commissioner Simione Naiduki and Ms Jennifer Hammond received BRIDGE Workshop Facilitator level […]
June 28, 2019

Article Formations BRIDGE des acteurs de la société civile de Mamou et N’Zérékoré (République de Guinée)

En prélude à la bonne conduite des prochaines échéances électorales en République de Guinée, le PNUD, a entrepris l’organisation d’une série de formations modulaires BRIDGE destinées aux acteurs de la société civile de la République de Guinée. Les premiers ateliers de formation modulaire BRIDGE des acteurs de la société civile de la Guinée sur le processus électoral se sont tenus, de façon concomitante, du 17 au 21 juin 2019 dans les régions administratives de Mamou et N’Zérékoré. Ces formations, qui s’inscrivent dans la phase préélectorale, ont pour objet de renforcer les capacités des acteurs de la société civile sur le processus électoral. Les deux sessions de Mamou et Nzérékoré ont permis de former 60 participants dont 30 femmes. Les thèmes ont porté sur : L’administration électorale ; Genre et élection ; Education civique et électorale ; Les systèmes électoraux ; et L’observation électorale Les formations ont duré cinq jours et ont été assurées par six facilitateurs à raison de trois facilitateurs par site. Ce sont : M. Pathé DIENG, Facilitateur Accréditeur ; M. Abdoul Latif HAIDARA, Facilitateur d’atelier ; Amadou Macka DIALLO, Facilitateur d’atelier; Richard KOUROUMA : Facilitateur d’atelier Mme Odile CONDE, Facilitatrice d’atelier ; Mlle Fatoumata Yarie SYMBALY, Facilitatrice semi accréditée. L’ensemble des participants de la société civile des régions administratives de Mamou et N’Zérékoré a apprécié la qualité des formations, la spécificité et l’originalité de la méthodologie utilisée par le curriculum BRIDGE. Les échanges ont permis aux acteurs de la société civile de prendre conscience de leurs rôles et responsabilités dans les différentes étapes du processus électoral. […]
June 18, 2019

BRIDGE Workshop on Gender Equality and Elections (V3), 27-29 May, Panchthar, Nepal

BRIDGE Gender and Elections Workshop in Panchthar Nepal
June 17, 2019

BRIDGE Workshop on Gender Equality and Elections (version 3) in Nepal

Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) has successfully completed a three-day (27-29 May 2019) BRIDGE Workshop on Gender Equality and Elections (version 3) for political parties, inter-party women’s networks, CSOs and electoral officials in Dang district of Nepal. The workshop was led and facilitated by ECN officials with support of EU-funded UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP). The objective of the workshop was to communicate the gender and social inclusion issues to major electoral stakeholders in the area where seats of elected representatives are vacant. There is total of 47 vacant positions as of to-date throughout the country, out of which 38 are Ward Chairs, four Mayors/ Chairs of local level and three members of Provincial Assembly and one member of House of Representatives. There were 25 participants in total of which 12 were women. They were representatives from different political parties, members of inter-party women’s network, representatives of CSOs, electoral officials and local media. The workshop was inaugurated by Mayor of Tulasipur Municipality Mr. Ghanashyam Pandey who highlighted the importance of gender equality in elected offices in order to strengthen inclusive democratic participation in future elections in Nepal. The event was covered by local newspapers and FM radios. The workshop was tailored to the needs of the stakeholders and curriculums were customized from the gender module (version 3), electoral systems and political finance following the BRIDGE methodology. The main topics covered in the workshop were: existing legal frameworks on gender and social inclusion (GESI), gender and inclusion issues, gender and electoral cycle, access to electoral process, gender and political finance, electoral systems in Nepal and role of political parties in gender and social inclusion, among others. Throughout the workshop, the participants were actively engaged and enjoyed the methodology especially debate, quiz, role play, value clarification and group work combined with pictorial mini-presentation. The participatory methodology was a novelty for this audience. The team of facilitators included: Deshbandhu Adhikari – Lead Facilitator (Workshop level BRIDGE Facilitator) Namrata Chudal – Facilitator (TtF completed) Pradeep Bhattarai – Facilitator (TtF completed) The program successfully concluded on 29 May […]
April 4, 2019

Strategic Electoral Observation: recommendations follow-up and electoral reform advocacy, the quantum jump

Strategic Electoral Observation: recommendations follow-up and electoral reform advocacy, the quantum jump In the framework of the Support Fund for Electoral Observation (FAOE), UNDP organized a BRIDGE workshop on election observation in Mexico City, from 6 to 9 November 2018, in collaboration with the National Electoral Institute (INE), the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Offenses (FEPADE) and the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary Branch of the Federation (TEPJF). The workshop dealt with the topic of election observation, with a special focus on strategic planning and the promotion of actions oriented to advance election observation recommendations follow-up and electoral reforms advocacy. The main goal of this workshop was to strengthen the capacities of domestic civil society in the field of election observation methodologies relevant to the post-electoral period, with a focus on election observation recommendations, political advocacy to promote electoral reforms and strategic planning for the post-electoral period. The training counted with a total of 25 participants, from which 9 were men (36%) and 16 were women (64%). The workshop targeted representatives from civil society organizations part of FAOE 2018. The international facilitation team was composed by Alessandra Rossi (accrediting facilitator and the coordinator of the Support Fund), Lluís Juan Rodríguez (accrediting facilitator and consultant in UNDP) and Gabriela Nones (TtF completed and Programme Officer Specialist in Elections from the UNDP LAC Regional Hub Centre). The workshop was conducted over a period of 4 days, with a program that centered the reflections and discussions around the recommendations prepared by the FAOE organizations regarding the 2018 general elections, and how to define new actions based on them. During the first half day of the workshop, the BRIDGE Project was presented, as well as the agenda, and the main workshop objectives; participants also had the chance to introduce themselves and to share their expectations, and to define the workshop code of conduct. During the second day, participants discussed the objectives of election observation and its different types, as well as the role electoral observers have over the electoral cycle. They also reflected on the principles of the election observation of democratic elections; and the subjects of electoral cycle stages and strategic planning, were introduced in the context of the efforts advanced by the CSOs participants of FAOE. For the third day, the reflection centered on the election observation recommendations presented by the FAOE organizations and its scope, inviting participants to analyze them with the vision of following up its advances: how to monitor it? how to advocate for electoral reforms? To finalize a presentation by FEPADE gave legal perspective to the electoral reform in Mexico and its institutional implications. The fourth day started with the exchange of regional and national experiences where the active role of Civil Society led to electoral reforms; including experiences from Panama, Paraguay, Haiti and Mexico. After that, participants had the opportunity to work in groups, divided by thematic areas, to develop an action plan for election observation and monitoring over the post-electoral period, as a way to strengthen their capacity to perform that quantum jump, that will allow them to have a more strategic approach to election observation, where their efforts continue throughout the electoral cycle, and where planning and advocating for electoral reforms is at the core of their […]
April 4, 2019

First BRIDGE TtF organized by IFES in Kyrgyzstan

First BRIDGE Train the Facilitators (TtF) workshop has been conducted in Bishkek during 4-15 March. The workshop was organized by the Representative Office of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in the Kyrgyz Republic continuing to assist CEC and SRS in building training capacities of these institutions. The TtF was attended by 22 (14 female, 8 male) professionals, key staff of the CEC, SRS and IFES responsible for the training, capacity building, voter education and information. A team of the TtF complete facilitators will make part of the pool of trainers and curriculum writes of the Kyrgyz Central Election Commission (CEC) and State Registration Service (SRS) training centers. This activity is an important step towards institutionalization of the CEC and SRS training practices and bringing them to a new level, which is important step in preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2020. The workshop was facilitated by Pavel Cabacenco, accrediting BRIDGE facilitator and Renata Levovski, BRIDGE facilitator/Head of the IFES Kyrgyzstan office. During the workshop all participants had a chance to present their ice-breakers, facilitate in pairs two sessions and write themselves one session. In the middle of the workshop, on 8th of March, future TtF complete facilitators together with IFES colleagues from all over the world celebrated International Women’s day and expressed their support to the IFES efforts to insure better participation and representation of women in political process. BRIDGE facilitators one more time reminded them that gender is one of the cross-cutting topics of the entire BRIDGE curricula. Evaluating the TtF many participants mentioned that the workshop contributed to their professional and personal development, that they learned a lot about the adult learning methodologies and facilitation technics, BRIDGE requirements and philosophy. The workshop was highly appreciated and considered timely and important initiative, which brings CEC and SRS to a higher level of the training and capacity […]
March 28, 2019

Workshop on Gender Equality and Elections, Sunsari, Nepal 24-25 February 2019

The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) conducted a two-day BRIDGE Workshop on Gender Equality and Elections in Dharan Municipality, on 24-25 Feb 2019 with the support of UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP), which is funded by the European Union. The ECN has selected Dharan Municiaplity for the program because the by-election for the post of Mayor of Dharan Municipality is likely to take place soon following the death of the representative elected in 2017. The program was inaugurated by the Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav and attended by 25 participants (14 male and 11 female). The participants included elected local representatives, district heads of political parties, former candidates on the proportional representation list and for the indirect Constituent Assembly elections,  potential candidates for the upcoming by-elections, media persons, party cadres, representatives from different civil society organisations, people living with disability, electoral management staff as well as representatives from the NGO Federation. During the opening remarks, the Chief Election Commissioner requested the participants to gear up and create a favourable environment in Sunsari district for the upcoming by-election for the post of mayor. He appealed to women participants to take a leadership role and highlighted different measures that ECN has undertaken to make elections more inclusive. The District Electoral Officer of Sunsari, Mr. Bhakta Bhattarai, welcomed the participants and highlighted the objectives of the program. The main objective of the workshop was to raise awareness among election stakeholders, including political parties, media, and potential women leaders about the upcoming by-elections, and in particular to encourage political parties to increase meaningful participation of women in politics and decision-making processes. It also aimed to develop a network among political party women groups and help the District Election Office (DEO) staff to develop a stronger relationship with the election stakeholders. The two-day workshop was customized and tailored according to the participants’ level. The workshop on Gender Equality and Elections, version 3, was conducted using different adult learning and BRIDGE methodologies. All the participants actively participated in every session, which used methodologies like – brainstorming, quiz contest, role play, debate, group work, presentations. The major topics covered were: introduction to BRIDGE, national and international legal framework on gender inclusion in elections, the ECN gender equality and social inclusion policy, women participation in all three tiers of elections held in 2017, diversity of women, the electoral cycle, electoral systems, political finance and women , the role of political parties in increasing women’s participation in politics, quota systems, and gender balance at polling places, among others. Ice breakers and energizers were conducted in between the sessions. All the participants, including the current elected local leaders, highly appreciated the workshop. A Dalit women elected members particularly welcomed the workshop for educating them about legal provisions that are mentioned in the constitution and electoral laws. Likewise, two other potential candidates for the upcoming by-election appreciated the issues and contents put in the workshop. They also thanked ECN, UNDP ESP and the European Union for helping them to reestablish their relationships with stakeholders and develop networks for future elections. Similarly, representatives from all party women’s groups said it helped them to collectively speak up for women.  The team of facilitators included: Nikila Shrestha- Accrediting Facilitator and Lead Facilitator Chandra Bahadur Shiwakoti – Workshop level BRIDGE Facilitator Pushpa Kumari Jha – TtF completed Ram Krishna Aryal- TtF completed The program was concluded with the distribution of participation certificates by ECN Under Secretary and Facilitator Chandra Bahadur Shiwakoti to all the participants. At the end of the program, Pushpa Kumari Jha and Ram Krishna Aryal were awarded Workshop Level Facilitators accreditation. Following this BRIDGE program, ECN now has two additional BRIDGE Workshop level Facilitators, Mr. Ram Krishna Aryal and with Ms. Pushpa Kumari Jha. Ms Pushpa is the only female workshop level facilitator that ECN has at present. Since the beginning of 2019, UNDP and European Union support has allowed for the accreditation of four additional BRIDGE Workshop level facilitators in ECN, which brings the total number of BRIDGE facilitators among ECN staff to six Workshop level Facilitators and one Accrediting Facilitator and which makes an important contribution for ECN to sustain its professional capacity-building programme in the future. For more photos please visit – […]
March 27, 2019

Unique PIANZEA Extravaganzia!

The three concurrent BRIDGE modules included Voter and Civic Education, Legal Framework and Operational Planning
March 20, 2019

ZESN organises the Third BRIDGE Workshops on Boundary Delimitation in Zimbabwe

BRIDGE workshop held against the background that Zimbabwe must conduct boundary delimitation before the next general elections.
March 5, 2019

Electoral Administration and Observation workshop in Cairo, Egypt

The League of Arab States and the UNDP held a 5-day BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Administration and Observation. The workshop was funded by the UNDP and it took place from 16 – 20 December 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. Nineteen LAS participants participated in the workshop. Eight of them were women. The facilitation team included five BRIDGE facilitators who participated in the preparation and delivery of this course: Ossama Kamel (BRIDGE accrediting facilitator) Ahmed Amin (LAS BRIDGE workshop facilitator) Mahmoud Elshahat (LAS BRIDGE workshop facilitator) Adel Ben Abdallah (LAS BRIDGE workshop facilitator) Samiha Moubarak (LAS BRIDGE TtF complete facilitator) By the end of the workshop, the TtF complete facilitator (Samiha Moubarak) was accredited as BRIDGE workshop […]
February 20, 2019

ZESN organises two BRIDGE Workshops on Boundary Delimitation in Zimbabwe

In an effort to build capacity of civil society organisations as stakeholders in democratic processes and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) the body tasked with the demarcation of boundaries, ZESN organised two BRIDGE modular workshops on boundary delimitation to enable them to appreciate and strengthen their understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the processes linked to boundary delimitation.
February 15, 2019

BRIDGE Gender and Election

The main objective of the workshop is to raise awareness among election stakeholders, including political parties, media, and potential women leaders about the upcoming by-elections, and in particular to encourage political parties to increase meaningful participation of women in politics and decision-making processes. The two day workshop is customized on the basis of BRIDGE Version 3 and conducted using adult learning methodologies. Brainstorming, role play, group work, presentations, debate and quiz contests will be used during various sessions, in which all the participants will participate actively. The major topics to be covered are: introduction to BRIDGE, national and international legal framework on gender inclusion in elections, the ECN gender equality and social inclusion policy, women participation in all three tiers of elections held in 2017, diversity of women, the electoral cycle, electoral systems, the role of political parties in increasing women's participation in politics, quota systems, and gender balance at polling places, among others. Icebreakers and energizers will also be conducted in between the sessions.
December 14, 2018

BRIDGE Workshop on Gender and Inclusion in Elections (version 3) in Nepal

With support from UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) has organized a three-day (11-13 December 2018) BRIDGE Workshop on Gender and Inclusion in Elections (version 3) for political parties and the constitutional commissions for inclusion on the premises of the Election Commission in Kathmandu
December 11, 2018

BRIDGE Workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration in Nepal

The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) successfully completed a three-day (8-10 December 2018) Workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration with support from the UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). The workshop was conducted at the Electoral Education and Information Centre (EEIC) on the premises of the Election Commission in Kathmandu.
December 6, 2018

Report on BRIDGE Strategic Planning Workshop, Sept. 9- 11 2018 Kathmandu, Nepal

The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) with support of its BRIDGE implementing partners (UNDP ESP, IFES and IDEA International) has successfully conducted a three-day BRIDGE Strategic Planning Workshop to its officials from September 9 to 11, 2018. The workshop was conducted at EEIC Hall of the ECN premises. It was inaugurated by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav
December 4, 2018

Election Commission of Nepal successfully completes BRIDGE TtF Program in November 2018

Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) organised a 10-day BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) program in Hotel View Bhrikuti, Kathmandu, Nepal from 16-26 November 2018 in partnership with BRIDGE implementing partners in the country (IDEA International, IFES and UNDP Electoral Support Project - ESP).
November 21, 2018

UNDP Electoral Support Program Showcases BRIDGE in Nepal

Nepal has been a consistent user of BRIDGE and over this past ten years, the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) has worked closely with the BRIDGE partners represented in the country (UNDP, IFES and International IDEA) to build BRIDGE into its professional development program.
November 21, 2018

NSIEC Members undergo BRIDGE Professional Development Training with support of IFES

A three (3) day BRIDGE Professional Development Training was organised for the twenty-eight (28) Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) staff. These participants included the Chairman, six Commissioners and twenty-one (21) senior staff of NSIEC in Minna the Niger State capital. Out of twenty-eight participants, four were female.

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