Arab World

April 16, 2021

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

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

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

The League of Arab States in partnership with the UNDP implemented a five-day BRIDGE workshop on “Gender equality and Elections”. The workshop was virtually conducted on April 4-8, 2021. Eighteen participants participated in the workshop.  Fourteen from the LAS staff in addition to four participants from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (The UAE EMB). Fourteen of them were women. The facilitation team comprised five BRIDGE facilitators who participated in the preparation and delivery of this workshop, one of them was a TtF complete facilitator and three were women. By the end of the workshop, the TtF complete facilitator obtained her accreditation as BRIDGE workshop facilitator. The workshop aimed at raising awareness regarding the importance of women’s participation in elections, increasing knowledge regarding women’s role at the different phases of the Electoral cycle as well as identifying the challenges women face during elections. It also explored strategies to increase women’s presence in political life, tackled the issue of Electoral Observation from a Gender perspective, identified gender international obligations for elections, analyzed different electoral systems and their effect on women’s representation. By the end of the workshop, most of the participants recommended to have more BRIDGE trainings in the future, as it contributes effectively to building their capacities as EMB’s staff and election observers and it increases their knowledge regarding the different aspects of the electoral process. Ahmed Amin […]
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.
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 […]
January 29, 2018

Introduction to Election Administration Module for League of Arab States

10 – 14 December, 2017 in Cairo – Egypt UNDP jointly with the League of Arab States (LAS) held a BRIDGE training workshop on Introduction to Election Administration from 10 – 14 December, 2017 in Cairo – Egypt. The workshop covered several phases within the electoral cycle; international elections obligations, types of EMB’s, boundary delimitation, electoral systems, electoral education, voter registration and technology and elections. The last two days focused on elections observation; background, observation throughout the electoral cycle, codes of conduct and observation reports. 25 participants from LAS and UNDP participated in the workshop. Five BRIDGE facilitators delivered the training module: Ossama Kamel – Accrediting facilitator Ahmed Amin – LAS Workshop facilitator Mohmoud Elshahat – LAS Workshop facilitator Hiba Merheb – LAS TtF complete facilitator Radhia Ben Hassine – LAS TtF complete facilitator By the end of the workshop, the two TtF complete facilitators received their accreditation as workshop facilitators. […]
January 3, 2018
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Media and HNEC BRIDGE workshop in Tunis

23rd to 26th of December 2017
January 2, 2018
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“Elections Management & Operations” BRIDGE Workshop

Beirut, 11 December 2017
December 21, 2017
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Introduction to Election Administration Module for League of Arab States

10 – 14 December, 2017 in Cairo – Egypt
March 9, 2017
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The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) of Iraq funded two BRIDGE workshops

February 19-23, 2017 and from 26 Feb - 2 march, 2017
December 15, 2016
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Two-day BRIDGE Gender & Elections workshop in Beirut

August 12, 2016
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(AIDME) is implementing a three year development project in the Middle East and North Africa region.

AIDME is working to address some of the challenges facing women in the MENA region
June 10, 2016
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Bridge Introduction workshop in Cairo Egypt

Organised by League of Arab States, supported by UNDP
November 12, 2015
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IFES Jordan continues assistance to the IEC Jordan

in implementing its Professional Development Program through BRIDGE Intro workshops
October 12, 2015
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IEC Jordan continues professional development of electoral staff

Through Introduction to Electoral Administration Workshops
September 2, 2015
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BRIDGE TtF For League of Arab States (LAS) in Casablanca

Seventeen participants from 9 Arab countries
August 7, 2015
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BRIDGE Workshop for Academy for International Development-Middle East

AIDME sponsored a five-day BRIDGE workshop for 22 women leaders and activists from Benghazi, Libya
June 29, 2015
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Voter Registration and Electoral Technology modules

For the Iraqi Elections Commission (IHEC)
June 24, 2015
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Voter Registration and Electoral Technology modules

For the Iraqi Elections Commission (IHEC)
June 15, 2015
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BRIDGE workshop in introduction to electoral administration

24-28 May 2015 Cairo Egypt
June 8, 2015
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AIDME runs BRIDGE workshop

Cairo, Egypt – 18-22 May 15
June 8, 2015
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Second Workshop on Contestants and EDR For the Iraqi Elections Commission (IHEC)

in a series of two trainings on Contestants and EDR was held in Erbil – Iraq from May 16 – 20, 2015
May 19, 2015
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Contestants and EDR Workshop For the Iraqi Elections Commission (IHEC)

The first workshop in a series of two trainings on Contestants and EDR was held in Erbil – Iraq from May 10 – 14, 2015
April 23, 2015
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IEC Jordan continues professional development

IEC Jordan in cooperation with IFES Jordan and with the financial assistance of USAID launched long-term professional development program
April 14, 2015
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BRIDGE TtF for Iraq’s IHEC staff

IFES Iraq organized in cooperation with Iraq’s Independent HighElections Commission a BRIDGE TtF workshop in Erbil – Iraq
April 7, 2015
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IEC Jordan expands the pool of BRIDGE facilitators to run its Professional Development Program

IEC Jordan in cooperation with IFES Jordan and with the financial assistance of USAID is currently implementing the long-term professional development program using the BRIDGE curriculum for its staff and stakeholders
March 13, 2015
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IEC Jordan holds specialized workshop on Electoral Operational Training

IEC Jordan in cooperation with IFES Jordan and with financial assistance of USAID implements the professional development program aiming at:
February 12, 2015
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The IEC Professional Development Program launched the first set of BRIDGE Intro workshops for Election Officials

During September 7 to November 6, 2014 ten Intro workshops were conducted.....
February 10, 2015
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BRIDGE workshop conducted for Libyan Women by AIDME that took place in Amman- January 2015

AIDME is implementing a three-year development project in the Middle East and North Africa region
September 21, 2014
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BRIDGE Civic Education Workshop in Al Bayda – Libya

BRIDGE Civic Education Workshop in Al Bayda – Libya
September 16, 2014
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First BRIDGE TtF For League of Arab States (LAS)

UNDP has organized the first BRIDGE TtF workshop for LAS and UNDP Staff in September 2014
August 14, 2014
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BRIDGE workshop in Amman sponsored by AIDME for its “Women’s Policy Center” regional project

The Academy for International Development-Middle East (AIDME) is implementing a three-year development project in the Middle East and North Africa region.
June 17, 2014
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Jordan TtF Workshop: The First Step for the IEC in its Professional Accreditation Program for Election Officials.

IEC Jordan and IFES Jordan are currently conducting activities under the Professional Accreditation Program that aim at:
April 28, 2014
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Arab Women’s Policy Center in MENA

The Academy for International Development-Middle East (AIDME) is implementing a three year development project in the Middle East and North Africa region. The project entitled "Arab Women's Policy Center (WPC)" to be implemented jointly with six partner local organizations in six different countries in the MENA region (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen) during 2013-2016.
April 15, 2014
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Workshop conducted in Erbil by IHEC

The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) of Iraq funded a customized BRIDGE workshop on Media and Elections for participants from mass media & Journalist enterprise. The workshop was conducted in Erbil from 7-9 April 2014.
March 6, 2014
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The first BRIDGE in Saudi Arabia

This BRIDGE workshop comes as a continuation of the ongoing cooperation between the United Nations' Department of Political Affairs represented by its Electoral Assistance Division (EAD) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
February 19, 2014
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IHEC and IFES conduct Observation Workshops in Iraq

For the first time the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) of Iraq funded two BRIDGE workshops on electoral observation
December 13, 2013
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From Morocco to Yemen – Regional Gender Workshop in Egypt

Twenty four electoral administrators, civil society activists, Arab League members and UNDP staff gathered in Cairo for a 4-day regional BRIDGE Training on Gender and Elections, sponsored by UN Women, from the 1st till the 4th of December 2013.
December 2, 2013
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BRIDGE Scoping Mission for the League of Arab States (LAS)

Background-The United Nations Development Program’s Regional Center in Cairo (UNDP-RCC) sponsored a BRIDGE Scoping Mission to assess the training needs of the League of Arab States of BRIDGE training.
November 24, 2013
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BRIDGE Showcase for the League of Arab States (LAS)

The first BRIDGE Showcase for LAS took place at the headquarters of the LAS in Cairo – Egypt on November 06, 2013.
October 9, 2013
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Voter Education Workshop in Erbil, Iraq

IFES Iraq in partnership with the IHEC plan to implement a series of (4) workshops including a preparatory workshop for the Voter Education (VE) program using BRIDGE methodology.
August 5, 2013
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Gender & Introduction workshops in Amman

The regional “Young Women Leadership in Political and Social Development” (YWLD) project is a two-year regional project being implemented by The Academy for International Development – Middle East (AID-ME) as a pilot project in (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
July 10, 2013
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Regional TtF in Lebanon

This BRIDGE workshop of Train the Facilitators (TtF) represents the second milestone of the Academy for International Development-Middle East's efforts to create the first regional pool of qualified BRIDGE facilitators.
May 7, 2013
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Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia!

The Academy for International Development – Middle East (AID-ME) is dedicated to increase participation of young women leaders in their society’s public affairs in the Middle East and North Africa region.
February 19, 2013

Iraq’s Double Introduction!

IFES organized in cooperation with IHEC (Independent High electoral Commission) in Iraq two BRIDGE Introduction to Election Administration workshops.
December 4, 2012

Introduction in Erbil

From 18 to 22 November 2012, Introduction to Electoral Administration workshop took placed in Iraq – Erbil , in Arabic language, the event hosted by IFES.
May 15, 2012

League of Arab States BRIDGE Workshop

The League of Arab States (LAS) organized and sponsored this BRIDGE workshop to build the technical capacity of its election observation mission to Algeria who deployed to Algeria to observe the legislative election in May 2012.
March 14, 2012

A BRIDGE TtF in Erbil, Iraq

IFES Iraq organized in cooperation with Iraq's IHEC (Independent High Elections Commission) the first BRIDGE TtF workshop in Erbil – Iraq.
January 16, 2012

UNDP’s Regional BRIDGE Workshops in Amman, Jordan

UNDP's support for elections covers all aspects of the electoral cycle
January 2, 2012

Election Management Design Workshops in Lebanon

IFES' project 'Support to the Electoral Process in Lebanon' (funded by USAID) organized BRIDGE workshops on Election Management Design to discuss the issues relating to various EMB options and its potential reform in Lebanon.
October 20, 2011

BRIDGE in Beirut: Two Electoral Systems Workshops and Seven New Facilitators

IFES organized a pair of BRIDGE workshops on the poignant topic of electoral systems in Lebanon. The workshops were technical in nature, focusing on the main electoral systems, seat allocation formulas, quotas, and reserved seats,
August 19, 2011

IFES Holds an International BRIDGE Facilitator Training in Bagdad, Iraq.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems(IFES) held an international Train the Facilitator (TtF) programme in Bagdad in August 2011 facilitated by Hermann Thiel and Skye Christensen.
July 12, 2011

10 Groups of IHEC Staff – Introduction to Electoral Administration

In an effort to develop the capacity of Iraq’s Independent High Election Commission (IHEC), IFES and the IHEC recently launched a comprehensive program to help IHEC staff gain a deeper understanding of the electoral process and the international standards for genuine and credible elections.
December 22, 2010

BRIDGE for Youth in Jordan and Lebanon

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation has organised two workshops on Electoral Systems. The first workshop was held in Amman 26-27/11/2010, and the second in Beirut 04-05/12/2010.
December 2, 2010

BRIDGE Regional Train the Facilitator Workshop in Amman

International IDEA, in partnership with IFES and UNDP Arab World regional office, organized a BRIDGE Train the Facilitators workshop for participants representing seven countries in the region. The training was held in Amman, Jordan from 21 November – 02 December 2010.
November 21, 2010

IFES Lebanon Organized a TtF for the Ministry of Interior & Municipalities (MoIM)

IFES Lebanon, and in partnership with the MoIM of Lebanon, has organized during the period 1 – 12 November 2010 a TtF
October 18, 2010

Final Report on BRIDGE Training Workshop for NGOs and Elected Members of Local Councils Sinai Egypt

Two Bridge Civic Education workshops were conducted in Sinai Egypt, October 16 - 18 and October 19 - 21.
March 14, 2010
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BRIDGE for Media Professionals in Cairo

A BRIDGE workshop was held in Cairo, Egypt for Media professionals from 1 – 4 March 2010 covering the electoral Systems, Media and Voter Information modules.
February 7, 2010
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BRIDGE in the oldest city on earth!

A BRIDGE workshop was held in Jericho, Palestine for the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) from 10 – 13 January 2010 covering the Training and Pre-Elections Activities modules.
October 30, 2009
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BRIDGE for Parliament as well

With the aim of developing the capacity of electoral stakeholders in Egypt, IFES and UNDP in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) agreed to join effort to organize a series of BRIDGE workshops for selected participants representing various election stakeholders in the country (Media, Electoral Commission, Ministry of Interior, NGOs, and Parliament).
July 22, 2009
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Yemen continues BRIDGE

The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) conducted another series of BRIDGE trainings in cooperation with IFES with support from UNDP and USAID.
July 20, 2009
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BRIDGE Workshop for the Egyptian Parliament

Introduction and Background The last fifteen years witnessed an increase number of election all over the world. Many electoral assistance providers, therefore, have gradually begun to recognize that building in-country electoral capacity is much more important than providing ad hoc electoral assistance from outside. The aim of electoral assistance should, therefore, be to achieve sustainable electoral development by helping emerging democracy building local capacity and share comparative experience in the field of election management.
May 19, 2009
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BRIDGE Workshop, Egypt, May 2009

Introduction and Background The last fifteen years witnessed an increase number of election all over the world. Many electoral assistance providers, therefore, have gradually begun to recognise that building in-country electoral capacity is much more important than providing ad hoc electoral assistance from outside. The aim of electoral assistance should, therefore, be to achieve sustainable electoral development by helping emerging democracy building local capacity and share comparative experience in the field of election management.
March 11, 2009
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BRIDGE Training Workshop in Cairo

Final Report on the BRIDGE Training Workshop (28 February - 4 March 2009), Cairo, Egypt Introduction and Background The last fifteen years witnessed an increase number of elections all over the world. Many electoral assistance providers, therefore, have gradually begun to recognise that building in-country electoral capacity is much more important than providing ad hoc electoral assistance from outside. As a result, the aim of electoral assistance should be to achieve sustainable electoral development by helping emerging democracy building local capacity and sharing comparative experience in the field of election management.
February 23, 2009
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TtF for Jordanian and Palestinian Election Administrators

From 25 January to 5 February 2009 in Amman, Jordan, IFES conducted a BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) workshop for 21 participants, of which 12 were from the Jordanian Ministry of Interior (MoI), 3 from the Civil Status and Passports Department (CSPD), 1 from the Jordanian Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MoMA), 2 from the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Palestine, and 3 from IFES staff.
January 21, 2009
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Train the Facilitator in Egypt

For the first time in Egypt, BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) Train the Facilitator's Workshop was held in Ain Sokhna, from November 23 - December 02, 2008. This workshop is considered as an important milestone in the "Support for BRIDGE training for electoral process stakeholders" project signed on April 02, 2008 between UNDP Egypt, the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and IFES as technical implementer of the project. The project aims to Deliver BRIDGE trainings to major elections stakeholders in Egypt as well as to Strengthen election monitoring unit at the NCHR. To achieve the project objectives, there was a need to have a pool of Egyptian BRIDGE facilitators from the NCHR and other organizations. This "Train the Facilitators" (TtF) workshop is the first of two workshop to be held in Egypt as part of the above-mentioned project with the aim of establishing a pool of Egyptian BRIDGE facilitators
January 18, 2009
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The first BRIDGE Training for the Egyptian Parliament

Introduction and Background With the aim of contributing to the electoral reform process in Egypt, IFES and UNDP-Egypt in cooperation with the NCHR organized BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Election) training in 2007. The workshop brought together selected participants representing various election stakeholders in Egypt to enhance their understanding of the principles that underpin the electoral process and share with them comparative experience from the region and other parts of the world as a framework in which to assess their own local experience and draw on best practices and lessons learned and was delivered by "IFES". IFES is one of the BRIDGE partners along with EAD, UNDP, IDEA and the Australian Election Commission (AEC).
October 26, 2008
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Final Report Ramallah, Palestine

In recent years, a number of Arab countries have undertaken significant steps to strengthen their institutional development, which allowed them to reach important structural reforms and procedural improvements in the administration of their electoral processes. Significant indicators of this progress include the rise of autonomous election management commissions, electoral law reforms to improve participation of women, and - in notable cases – the conduct of competitive and credible elections. However, thus far, these reforms have remained purely isolated domestic experiments, with a very limited exposure both within the Arab world itself and at wider international level, which in most cases have taken individual countries as far as their internal capacities, experiences and resources allowed.
October 9, 2008
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Strategic Planning at the Lowest Point on Earth

The lowest point on Earth is the Dead Sea. Situated 413 metres below sea level, this salt lake lies between the West Bank and Jordan. With one of the world’s first health resorts, the Dead Sea area has enjoyed important religious significance within Judaism, Islamic and Christianity histories. This unique site was a very appropriate location for a BRIDGE course in strategic planning for Jordanian election managers.
August 3, 2008
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Report on the BRIDGE Workshop July 2008, Egypt

With the aim of contributing to the electoral reform process in Egypt, IFES and UNDP-Egypt in cooperation with the NCHR organized BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Election) training in 2007. The workshop brought together selected participants representing various election stakeholders in Egypt to enhance their understanding of the principles that underpin the electoral process and share with them comparative experience from the region and other parts of the world as a framework in which to assess their own local experience and draw on best practices and lessons learned and was delivered by "IFES". IFES is one of the BRIDGE partners along with EAD, UNDP, IDEA and the Australian Election Commission (AEC). Based on the success of the 2007 BRIDGE training in Cairo, UNDP Egypt, in cooperation with NCHR, and IFES decided to offer further technical assistance to different electoral stakeholders in Egypt.
June 29, 2008
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BRIDGE grows in Jordan

From 8 to 12 June 2008 the second BRIDGE course was run in the heat of Aqaba in Jordan. With the blissful setting of the Red Sea in the background the searing temperatures were soon forgotten as 25 participants from the Ministries of Interior and Municipal Affairs got stuck into the Introduction to Election Administration Module.

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