Arab World

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.

June 10, 2008
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BRIDGE Workshop Cairo, Egypt

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.

June 4, 2008

BRIDGE Comes to Jordan

 

April 13, 2008

BRIDGE Training in Ramallah Report

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.

 

April 13, 2008

Signing of BRIDGE Project in Egypt

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Human Rights and the United Nations yesterday signed a document for a new phase of the project on building resources for democracy and governance (Bridge) in Egypt.

 

January 28, 2008
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Electoral Systems Workshop in Cairo

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.

December 16, 2007
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Report on the BRIDGE Training Workshop in Egypt

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.

November 6, 2007

The First BRIDGE Implementation Workshop in Arabic

The first BRIDGE Showcase and Implementation workshop to be held in Arabic took place in Amman Jordan over 5 days from October 21 to 25, 2007.

September 20, 2007

Arabic Train the Facilitator in Amman

The first ever BRIDGE Train the Facilitator's (TtF) training course to be conducted fully in Arabic by all Arab Facilitators was held in Amman, Jordan 2 -13 Sep 2007. The training was organized and coordinated by UNDP Iraq, United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the International Electoral Assistance Team (IEAT), International IDEA, IFES, and the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq-IHEC.

July 17, 2007

The first BRIDGE Workshop in Egypt

The first BRIDGE training course was held in Cairo, Egypt from 8-12 July 2007. The training course was coordinated by three BRIDGE project partners: International IDEA, IFES and the United Nations Development Program-UNDP in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) in Egypt.

December 19, 2006
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A TtF Conducted for the Arab World

In Amman, Jordan, from 12 to 23 November 2006, International IDEA trained election administrators from seven countries in the Arab World: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Somaliland, Sudan and Syria.

July 3, 2006
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World First: Combining of BRIDGE and BEAT in Yemen

From 10 to 21 June 2006, a Professional Development Course (PDC) was conducted for 35 upper and middle managers of the Supreme Commission of Elections and Referendums (SCER) secretariat at the Taj Sheba Hotel, Republic of Yemen. IFES and UNDP agreed to form a joint project in collaboration with the SCER Training Unit to develop the PDC based on harmonized elements of both BRIDGE and the IFES Basic Electoral Administrators Training (BEAT).

January 3, 2006
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HYBRIDGE in Yemen

Facilitators of the Yemen Course
The first SCER Professional Development Course (PDC) was conducted for 35 upper and middle managers of the SCER secretariat at the Taj Sheba Hotel, Sana, Republic of Yemen, 19-30 November 2005. The facilitation team were Ross Attrill (Australia - Co-ordinator), Nicolas Garrigue (France - International expert), Alexandra Hovelaque (France International expert), Emad Yousef (Jordan International expert), Sami Ahmed Al-Othari (SCER General Manager, Training and Development Centre) and Bushra Ahmed Al-Shari (UNDP Yemen).

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