Asia-Pacific

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). […]
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.
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: […]
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

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 […]
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 18, 2019

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

BRIDGE Gender and Elections Workshop in Panchthar Nepal
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
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 6, 2018

AEC hosts BRIDGE workshop at Essendon Fields for ECANZ

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 15 - 18 October 2018.
July 20, 2018

BRIDGE Workshop in Mongolia – Gender Perspectives & Youth Participation on Elections & Political Finance, June 2018

BRIDGE ARRIVES IN MONGOLIA ‘Gender Perspectives and Youth Participation on Elections and Political Finance’ – Two Hybrid BRIDGE Modules in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia June, 2018. Mongol leader Chinggis Khaan said in the 11th century “Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard” – relevant as ever in modern-day democratic Mongolia. Following a peaceful revolution in 1990, Mongolia began holding multiparty elections, but widespread corruption hinders development and democratic progress. Women and youth, the largest groups in Mongolia, struggle to participate fully in the political life of the country, though many women and youth are members of political parties. Young people and women in Mongolia lack general knowledge on how to leverage political finance to achieve a more level playing field for themselves within their parties and in contesting election. In this context, International IDEA is implementing the ‘Level Up: Political financing with integrity project in Mongolia’ programme in cooperation with the Open Society Forum (OSF), that aims to improve political finance regulatory frameworks in a way that empower women and young politicians and that protect the integrity of public policy making from the influence exerted by money in politics. The two two-day BRIDGE modules held in Mongolia in June 2018 are the first BRIDGE workshops to be held in Mongolia: Political Finance and Women’s Empowerment (18-19 June) – targeting women from political parties (all 20 participants were women) Political Finance and Youth Empowerment (21-22 June) – targeting youth from political parties (all 10 participants under 35 years old, mixed gender) The objective of the workshops was to introduce the main principles, structures and institutions underlying a credible and workable political financing regulatory framework, especially relating to the inclusion of youth and women. It also aimed to create a venue for sharing experiences and good practices on how best to promote the participation of youth and women in electoral and political processes in election and political processes more broadly. The workshops comprised participants each from five main political parties: Mongolian People’s Party, Democratic Party, Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, Civil Will Party and Hun/Labour Party. The workshop content was essentially the same for each workshop, with nuanced differences for the different target groups and different focus of each workshop; women and youth. Topics included: An introduction to BRIDGE; international standards and best practices in creation of an inclusive environment throughout the electoral cycle; political financing including campaign financing regulations to promote women’s and youth participations; the status of political finance and gender equality and youth participation in politics in Mongolia; and current reforms proposed for Mongolia law. The workshops were facilitated by Yvonne Goudie (BRIDGE facilitator) and supported by local experts:  Enkhtsetseg Dagva, Open Society Forum, Zolzaya (Zola) Batkhuyag, Director and Co-Founder, Women for Change NGO, and Dr Gerelt-Od Erdenebileg, Director, Office of International Relations, Mongolian National University of Education. The workshop was managed by Battuul Baterdene, Program Coordinator in Mongolia, International IDEA and the support team from OSF. The venue was the OSF premises. Participants highly appreciated the workshop content and methodology. Throughout the workshop participants were actively engaged. The participatory methodology was a novelty for this audience, including the local experts. Whilst initially slightly reticent, the participants quickly warmed to the methodology and commented in the evaluations that they enjoyed the methodology as much as they enjoyed learning new knowledge. The participatory methods included: speed debating, values clarification, fishbowl and development café. The experts and several participants commented that they would use these methods in their own organisations. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Participants mentioned that the workshop helped them better understand the issues relating to political finance and potential regulations to manage the issues in Mongolia. Many also commented that they learned a lot about international principles and the need for their parties to become more inclusive for women, youth, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups. The workshop demonstrated an excellent networking platform for the participants from the different political parties; participants demonstrated their readiness to have an open and constructive dialog, and a desire for continued cooperation to build on the common ground they identified during the workshop. While the workshops met their objectives, it is important to build on the achievements of the workshops. Several suggestions were made to achieve longer lasting impact, including conducting more BRIDGE workshops (with more members of the main political parties and by conducting more workshops), and for OSF to host cross-party informal meetings, dialogues and further trainings and seminars. Based on the positive outcomes of these workshops, BRIDGE will hopefully a bright future in in Mongolia. {gallery}MongoliaJune2018{/gallery} […]
May 7, 2018

Customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights, Suva, Fiji 17 -19 April

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), in conjunction with the European Union (EU), and as part of the C3-Fiji Project, conducted a 3-day customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights for Fiji-based CSOs in Suva, Fiji, on 17 – 19 April 2018. The C3 (Citizens-Constitution-Consolidation) Project – Fiji, titled ‘Upholding Citizen’s Constitutional Rights for Democratic Consolidation in Fiji’ operates from February 2018 to January 2020 with an outcome of ‘an enhanced capacity of civil society organisations to increase citizen’s understanding of their constitutional rights and to facilitate engagement with government and elected representatives.’ International IDEA has a role to ‘facilitate mutual working relationships amongst these stakeholders and provide knowledge resources on elections and democracy.’ This BRIDGE training workshop was the inaugural event to this end, involving the four project CSO partner organisations – Citizen’s Constitutional Forum (CCF), Dialogue Fiji (DF), Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) and Media Watch group (MWG) – together with other Fiji-based CSOs and CBOs involved in the Project. The workshop followed the official launch of the C3 Project by the EU Ambassador to Fiji, Mr Julian Wilson, on the morning of Tuesday 17 April at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel. Also officiating at the launch were Ms Leena Rikkila Tamang (Asia and the Pacific Regional Director, IDEA), Mr Adhy Aman (Fiji Country Programme Manager, IDEA), and representing the C3 CSO co-implementers, Mrs Florence Swamy (PCP, Fiji). The aim of the workshop was to inform and educate participants about the principles of electoral system design and operation and the fundamental precepts of constitutional rights and the rights-based approach. Topics covered from the BRIDGE curriculum included defining electoral systems (Version 3), the underlying principles and different types of electoral systems, the electoral cycle, electoral law (both domestic and international, including international obligations and covenants), access and political rights, electoral observation and electoral complaints, disputes and resolutions. Using BRIDGE methodology, the Fijian situation was examined and discussed for each topic covered, with content customised accordingly. The workshop was facilitated by Brian Latham (consultant, Australia), Hamidan Bibi (consultant, Fiji) and Ana Mataiciwa (Fijian Elections Office, Fiji). Evaluation from the 20-25 participants was overall very positive, with all areas covered being well-received in terms of interest, understanding and the BRIDGE methodology. There appeared to be a greater appreciation of the role of the FEO in the full electoral process and an understanding that the FEO has to work within the electoral law. Some miss-held perceptions were also corrected through group discussion and individual responses. There were numerous requests for further/extended workshops, to be more engaged with the FEO, further educating CSOs particularly on the finer details of the Fijian Electoral system, especially examining the process of transferring votes into seats. There was a general feeling amongst the group that the knowledge learned in the workshop could be successfully translated to other NGO groups and individuals to better inform recipients, to further break down any level of ignorance currently existing. Caroline Valette (EU) joined the workshop for much of the final day, contributing valuably with her expertise and experience and awarding participants with their BRIDGE Certificate of Completion. […]
February 14, 2018

PIANZEA BRIDGE workshop on Strategic Planning

On 6-7 February 2018 On 6-7 February 2018, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network (PIANZEA) delivered a two-day BRIDGE workshop on strategic planning for 23 participants in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The participants came from 14 PIANZEA member Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) spread throughout the region, including: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea/Bougainville, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. The strategic planning module aims develop more effective long-term planning for elections and hence elections with greater integrity. The two day workshop introduced participants to the value and benefits of strategic planning and discussed why some EMBs fail to plan and the consequences therein. The workshop also provided an overview of the strategic planning cycle and the steps involved. Participants were encouraged to understand and apply those steps to their own contexts. Most participants were senior managers from their respective EMBs, which demonstrates the network’s commitment and interest in this key topic. The facilitators for the workshop were Mr Jiv Sekhon, Australian Electoral Commission (AEC); Mr Desmond Tsianai, Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner (OBEC); and Ms Vake Blake, Tonga Electoral Commission (TEC). The team was excited to utilise the updated strategic planning module recently released as part of the Version 3 BRIDGE curriculum update process. Additionally, Mr Desmond Tsianai was accredited as a workshop level BRIDGE facilitator at the end of the program. Participants at the workshop appreciated the introduction to strategic planning concepts and the methodology introduced, as well as the opportunity to discuss electoral issues and planning with fellow EMBs from across the region. Some feedback from participants included: Thank you for your sharing and I learn a lot from this training Learning about the planning cycle is a more orderly way to plan I learnt a lot on planning ‘If I fail to plan then I plan to fail’ Excellent knowledge and skill set to watch the connectivities of planning and action plans. Great workshop! Reinforces knowledge and experience – applicable to all aspects of planning. Thank you – great effort! The PIANZEA Network will continue to support delivery of BRIDGE workshops for members over the coming year with sub-regional workshops planned for respective EMBs. As always, facilitators are identified from within the PIANZEA network thereby building the capacity of EMBs in the network. The AEC currently serves as the Secretariat for the PIANZEA network and is generously supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in administering a multi-year program of capacity building for PIANZEA EMBs, including BRIDGE training. […]
December 19, 2017
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BRIDGE comes to the Federated States of Micronesia

3rd and 8th of December 2017
December 18, 2017
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India joins the BRIDGE family

2–3 November 2017
November 1, 2017
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Boundary Delimitation module for Pakistan’s ECP

23 – 27 October, 2017 - Islamabad , Pakistan
October 25, 2017
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Legal framework for Pakistan’s ECP ahead of 2018 General Elections

16 – 20 October, 2017
October 19, 2017
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Gender Module for Pakistan’s ECP

from 11 – 13 October, 2017 in Islamabad – Pakistan
August 30, 2017
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ECP-UNDP jointly conduct training on Gender & Elections

9th to 11th August, 2017
August 9, 2017
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“Leveraging Electoral Training Facilities in Democracies”

an international consultative workshop in New Delhi from 24 to 25 July 2017
May 16, 2017
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The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) hosted and funded a BRIDGE Workshop

a Polling, Counting and Results module in Suva, Fiji
April 26, 2017
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Gender and Elections workshop ran in Islamabad

24 -25 March 2017
April 11, 2017
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PNGEC in partnership with the AEC conducts two BRIDGE workshops

In the Central Province in PNG in March 2017
April 11, 2017
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ECP, IFES hold Boundary Delimitation workshop in Pakistan

Four-day BRIDGE workshop 18th to 22nd March, 2017
February 22, 2017
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BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Contestants in Honiara Feb 2017

January 9, 2017
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International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Bangladesh

December 20-21, 2016
December 22, 2016
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The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) organised Polling, Counting and Results module

for the lead up to the Fiji’s next General Election
December 2, 2016
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BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshops held in 6 Regions in Bangladesh

24 September – 16 November 2016
November 16, 2016
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Boundary Delimitation Workshop in Canberra!

October 19, 2016
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IFES brings BRIDGE back to Cambodia

Using Voter Education in the Voter registration Process
August 25, 2016
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IFES Brings the Voter Information and Civic Education Modules to Sri Lanka

A workshop combining the BRIDGE Voter Information and Civic Education modules for a regional audience in Colombo
June 9, 2016
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Another success story for BRIDGE from Timor-Leste

2-13 May 16
June 1, 2016
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TtF Islamabad, Pakistan

11-22 April 2016
June 1, 2016
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IRI and IFES Bangladesh political finance BRIDGE workshop

conducted a political finance BRIDGE workshop for journalists in Bangladesh
May 11, 2016
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Introduction and Implementation of Political Finance BRIDGE Workshops in Nepal

6 Political Finance Workshops run...
May 5, 2016
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BRIDGE Workshop for EMB’s on Disability Rights and Election

Bogor, Indonesia 6 -7 April 2016
April 19, 2016
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3 day BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Administration and Management in Nepal

from March 31 to April 2 2016
April 5, 2016
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BRIDGE Electoral Security module organised for the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) staff

The BRIDGE Electoral Security module workshop was
April 4, 2016
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AWEB organized an introduction to Electoral Administration

March 4, 2016
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three-day BRIDGE training in SriLanka

Election Administration and Gender and Elections
January 14, 2016
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IFES Bangladesh political finance BRIDGE workshop

IFES Bangladesh, with support from the United States Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID) and United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) conducted a political finance
December 14, 2015
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2nd local BRIDGE workshop organised for the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) staff

from the 1st to 4th December, 2015
October 28, 2015
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IFES Disability Rights and Elections Pilot BRIDGE Training

Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 3
October 12, 2015
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The first local BRIDGE Introduction/Strategic Planning modules workshop

from the 29th September to 2nd October, 2015
September 11, 2015
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Creating a Network of Democratic Capacity Builders in Bangladesh

UN Women hosted the first BRIDGE Training to Facilitators
September 10, 2015
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The AEC and the VEC joined forces to present a five-day BRIDGE workshop

in Melbourne from 24 to 28 August 2015
August 28, 2015
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BRIDGE WORKSHOP ON ELECTORAL ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

12-14 AUGUST 2015, budhanilkanta, Kathmandu
August 28, 2015
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TtF workshop conducted in Nadi- Fiji on 10-21 August

Preparation for the workshop was conducted at, and with much assistancefrom, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) in Suva, Fiji
July 5, 2015
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BRIDGE WORKSHOP ON ELECTORAL ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

17-19 June 2015, EEIC, Kathmandu
June 15, 2015
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BRIDGE Training for KPU Southeast Sulawesi Province

Indonesia Kendari, 27 – 30 May 2015
June 1, 2015
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Voter Registration module held in Fiji

held in Suva, Fiji, 11-15 May 2015
May 29, 2015
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FEO/PIANZEA held an Introduction to Electoral Administration and Strategic and Financial Planning workshops

Suva, Fiji 5-8 May 15
April 1, 2015
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UNDP ESP, with facilitator support from the AEC conducted two two-day workshops in Kathmandu

Nepal on 16-17 and 18-19 March 2015 at the Election Commission of Nepal’s Electoral Education and Information Centre (EEIC).
February 3, 2015
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First BRIDGE TtF For 8 SAARC countries

The workshop that took place from January 18 to 28, 2015 in Kathmandu
February 3, 2015
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BRIDGE Gender, Inclusion and Elections Workshop for CSOs in Surkhet

BRIDGE Gender, Inclusion and Elections Workshop for CSOs in Surkhet, Nepal, 9-11 November, 2014
February 3, 2015
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CUSTOMIZED BRIDGE TRAINING – DELIMITATION OF CONSTITUENCIES

24Nov– 9Jan 2015 Training Brief-A new era of BRIDGE has started in Pakistan
January 13, 2015
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BRIDGE Electoral Dispute Resolution Workshop, Lahore

The Electoral Commission of Pakistan in conjunction with the international foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a three-day BRIDGE “Electoral Dispute Resolution Workshop” in Lahore

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