Asia-Pacific

March 9, 2011

BRIDGE joins CNE to celebrate 4th birthday – February 2011

As part of the Australian Government’s longstanding support for East Timor, funding was provided by AusAID to conduct training to further develop the capacity of electoral administration in Timor-Leste.

December 23, 2010

Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC) Twinning Project – Not One But Two!

BRIDGE has played a stimulating and initiating role as part of two Study Programs organised under the AEC / PNGEC Twinning Project.  Funding and support was provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), AEC National Office and AEC offices in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ).

December 7, 2010

BRIDGE Goes Down to the Provincial Level in the Solomon Islands

A week long training workshop on Gender and Elections organized by the United Nations Development Fund for Women or UNIFEM

December 7, 2010

A BRIDGE first for Republic of the Marshall Islands

Men and women who participated in a three-day BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module had never thought that a workshop as such would even begin to change their thinking

November 9, 2010

RIP Tom Alick Kalo

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this article.  Last night our good friend and colleague from the Vanuatu Electoral Office, Tom Alick Kalo passed away suddenly.

November 8, 2010

Gender and Elections in Port Moresby, PNG – ‘Meri na man olgeta!1’

Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Twinning Project, funded by AusAID, have successfully conducted two BRIDGE Gender and Elections Modules in Port Moresby

October 28, 2010

Learning with a Smile in Indonesia

The Indonesia BRIDGE programme 2010 was designed by UNDP and the Indonesian Election Commission (KPU) as part of the UNDP multi-donor programme-support to Indonesian’s democratic elections.

October 26, 2010

Gender & Elections – Vanuatu 2010

The Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) Network, hosted by the Australian Electoral Commission and funded by AusAID, conducted the BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module

October 18, 2010

Political Finance Workshop for ECP

Between 27-29 of September 2010, IFES Pakistan, in partnership with Election Commission of Pakistan

October 16, 2010

Piloting of the new BRIDGE Module on Political Financing in Pakistan

IFES Pakistan, in partnership with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), has organized a political financing workshop

October 11, 2010
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BRIDGE workshop for MPs discuss quotas and reserved seats for Vanuatu

Countries of the Pacific region have the lowest levels of women’s representation in parliaments in the world.

October 11, 2010
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UNIFEM GEPG Empowers Elected Members of Parliament of Vanuatu

Over 40 of the 52 elected members of the Vanuatu Parliament attended each day for five days a second of its kind BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshop for the Member of Parliament in the Pacific.
September 13, 2010
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BRIDGE Gender Module for Political Parties in PNG

A ground breaking introduction to BRIDGE Gender and Elections Modules since its inception in the Pacific Islands in 2004, was made to a group of Political Parties in PNG.

August 30, 2010
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NDI Afghanistan – BRIDGE for Elections Observers …30 Days before Polling Day

In preparation for the upcoming general elections in Afghanistan, The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) organized its first BRIDGE workshop (Observation Module)

July 30, 2010
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Curriculum Development Workshop for KPU Staff – A World First!

On the 13-16 July 2010, a new approach to the implementation of a long term strategy for the use of BRIDGE was trialled in Indonesia.

July 14, 2010
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TtF Bandung Indonesia

A BRIDGE Train the Facilitator course was held at the Padma Hotel in Bandung Indonesia

June 28, 2010

BRIDGE workshop and presence in Papua New Guinea

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day in March this year,

June 28, 2010
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UNIFEM BRIDGE Gender Workshops in Sanma, Vanuatu

The United Nations Development Fund for Women or UNIFEM recently held three successful BRIDGE workshops.

June 15, 2010
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Afghanistan BRIDGE facilitator killed in plane crash

On 17 May 2010 a Pamir Airline flying from Kundoz province to Kabul crashed in the north mountains of Afghanistan killing all thirty-eight passengers.

May 18, 2010
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First BRIDGE Workshop in Turkmenistan

UNDP Turkmenistan in cooperation with National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights and Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan,

May 18, 2010
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A New Start for BRIDGE in Indonesia

Following a needs assessment and two showcases funded and conducted by UNDP’s Indonesia office in November 2009,

May 18, 2010
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Double the effectiveness – Gender and Elections in Timor Leste – Twice!

Secretariado Técnico Administração Eleitoral (STAE) decided to conduct BRIDGE Gender and Elections module

 

May 2, 2010
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Gender and Elections module for Electoral Commission of Nepal staff

As part of IFES, UNDP and International IDEA's ongoing support of the Election Commission of Nepal’s BRIDGE program,

April 16, 2010
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Media, Gender & Elections – Honiara

 

A BRIDGE workshop covering the Media, Gender and Election modules was conducted in Honiara
March 31, 2010
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Gender & Elections, Bougainville

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in cooperation with the Government of Papua New Guinea

March 22, 2010
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BRIDGE in the AEC State Office in Perth, Western Australia

A BRIDGE workshop covering the Foundation module ‘Introduction to Electoral Administration’ was conducted in Perth on 9 – 12 March 2010 for nine WA AEC officers and one member of the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

March 15, 2010
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18 Solomon Islanders get accredited

UNIFEM, Honiara- The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM Pacific Regional Office) ends the Train the Facilitator's (TtF) workshop in Honiara, on Friday following a two weeks intensive training module.

February 9, 2010
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ABRIDGE second training session for political parties in Kabul

The ABRIDGE second session  for political parties was conducted by an initiative of the Asia Foundation from January 30 to February 3, 2010 in TAF’s training hall  in Kabul.

February 1, 2010
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Further BRIDGE in Nepal

Four BRIDGE workshops, each covering the Pre-Election Activities and Electoral Training modules, were conducted Nepal in November 2009.
January 25, 2010
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Gender and Elections Workshop – Kiribati

The workshop was opened by the Minister of Internal and Social Affairs (MISA), UNIFEM GEPG partner for the conduct of the workshop.

January 21, 2010
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BRIDGE Training Workshop – Bhutan

Report on the conduct of BRIDGE Training Workshop for the Delimitation Assistants from 5 to 14 January 2010 at Phuntsholing, Bhutan.

January 19, 2010
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TtF Vanuatu 2009

The workshop was initially planned for representatives of six provinces and two municipalities of Vanuatu. However, in attempting to fast track the rolling out of GEPG using BRIDGE methodology in the Pacific other participants were included: two men from PNG and another from UNIFEM Regional Office in Suva,Fiji.
December 14, 2009
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Gender Workshop: Opening Remarks by Ms Ethel Sigimanu, MWYCA

It is a great honor and privilege to be here this morning especially to be involved in a subject which is very close to my heart. 

December 9, 2009

BRIDGE Workshop – AEC Victoria

Recently the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) organised a BRIDGE (Introduction) workshop for new staff in their Victorian State Office.
September 8, 2009

FSM BRIDGE Gender and Elections Workshop

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The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in cooperation with the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) hosted the "Sub-Regional Building Resources in Democracy, Governance & Elections (BRIDGE) Gender and Elections Module Workshop" for Countries in Northern Micronesia - 13 to 23 July, 2009 (Pohnpei, FSM).

September 4, 2009

BRIDGE Train the Facilitators (TtF) workshop Islamabad – Pakistan

As part of USAID funded program to support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), IFES Pakistan has conducted several BRIDGE workshops between June and August 2009.

 

September 2, 2009

BRIDGE Program Launched in Pakistan

Pakistan has held sporadic provincial and general elections since 1947 and 1970, respectively. Nine general elections have been held, but electoral cycles have often been truncated by periods of military rule. The Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is the independent electoral management body (EMB) responsible for both national and local elections. The most recent elections were held on February 18, 2008.
August 9, 2009
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AEC BRIDGE Workshop

The Communication and Information Strategy Branch of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) recently held the first two-day BRIDGE workshop for its national office staff. The fact that many of its staff have not been through a full election cycle provided a strong motivation for putting aside the daily tasks to stand back and consider the bigger election picture.

August 3, 2009
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BRIDGE in Nepal July 2009

Electoral system choice is a hot topic in Nepal as the Constituent Assembly is soon to decide upon a new electoral system and constitution. To assist with the debate three BRIDGE workshops were run on the topic of electoral systems in July. They were organized by International IDEA in collaboration with UNDP, IFES and the Nepal Electoral Commission.

July 20, 2009
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AEC staff deliver BRIDGE sessions in Timor Leste

Brian Latham (Lead and Accrediting Facilitator) and Gordon Marshall arrived in Timor Leste with short prior notice to deliver three workshops consecutively over an eight working day period. We arrived early on a Friday morning and spent a very busy Friday and weekend with Augusto Pereira and Pedro da Silva (translator) preparing for the first two workshops which were scheduled from Monday to Friday that following week.

June 15, 2009
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First ABRIDGE for Political Parties in Kabul

An ABRIDGE workshop was conducted in Kabul for twenty four political party representatives between May 9 to 13, 2009. 

April 6, 2009
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BRIDGE for Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) – March 2009

Number one!

We humans love to be first to do things.  Bhutan is a unique country, which already has achieved its fair share of 'firsts', especially when it comes to its recent transition to become a Democratic Constitutional Monarchy.

March 30, 2009
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Talking Dispute Resolution in Jakarta

Jakarta in Indonesia was the location for a recently held BRIDGE course on Electoral Dispute Resolution. Upcoming elections in Indonesia, scheduled for 9 April, meant that election fever across the country was heating up during the course preparations. Amidst daily newspaper headlines on the elections and campaign posters starting to decorate the capital, course preparations was in full swing by the time we arrived on the ground.

March 26, 2009
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BRIDGE Showcase for the Election Commission of Pakistan

During the weekend of 14-15 February 2009, seventeen members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) participated in a BRIDGE Project showcase event organized by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). The event was organized to introduce the BRIDGE Project to senior decision makers and management of the ECP and aimed at equipping participants with enough background to make an informed decision about whether this curriculum would be an appropriate professional development tool to be used by the ECP.

March 23, 2009
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BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator in Fiji

My fellow participant Coralie-Ann Bishoff Towgood and I from the Cook Islands attended BRIDGE “Train the Facilitator” (TTF) workshop which was co-sponsored by UNIFEM’s “Gender Equality to Political Governance in the Pacific: Stronger Women Citizens and Leaders” project.

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March 15, 2009
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BRIDGE Workshop – Vanuatu

A Media and Elections Module - BRIDGE regional workshop was identified by the USP Democracy and Electoral Studies Project to enhance capacity toward Working with Electoral Stakeholders.

This regional workshop was attended by 22 participants from Kiribati, Vanuatu,Solomon Islands, Fiji and UNDP. Majority of the participants were from Vanuatu. The workshop proper was held from Monday to Friday (midday), with a cultural tour conducted on Wednesday whereby participants had to identify cross cutting themes and report back the next day.

March 9, 2009

Planning in the Pacific

A four day workshop of the foundation module Strategic and Financial Planning was held in Fiji from 23 to 26 February 2009.

December 3, 2008
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Election Adventures in warm and welcoming Darwin

The fifth of the planned BRIDGE modules with staff of Secretariado Tecnico Administracao Eleitoral (STAE) was to have been conducted in Dili in October as were the previous four BRIDGE Modules delivered in 2008. However, whenever an opportunity presents itself it is certainly part of BRIDGE philosophy to 'seize the day'!

November 30, 2008
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Building Mountains – BRIDGE at the top of the World

After a successful scoping mission conducted in August 2007 jointly by UNDP, IDEA and IFES, BRIDGE was recommended to the Electoral Commission of Nepal as a possible capacity development tool.

October 17, 2008

Comments of the Civic Education Module

I attended the BRIDGE Civic Education module on Monday 29th - Thursday 2nd October 2008. It was a very useful experience because I learned a lot of new information about the methodologies, knowledge, skills and disposition to be developed or transferred or encouraged in a Civic Education program and a lot of grey areas, like the place of morals and values in a democracy were made clear. There were some strong opinions for and against spiritual development going along with or side by side with social, economic, cultural, technological and political development and it was fascinating to hear the various views and different ideological positions on this topic.

October 16, 2008
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Civic Education Module for Regional Pacific Nations

This is an AusAID funded BRIDGE conducted by the Electoral Studies section of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Democracy and Governance (PIAS-DG) Southern Cross Hotel 29th Sept – 3rd October 2008. There were 33 participants attending from 6 countries across the Pacific including Fiji, Niue, Solomon, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The participants were a mixture of experienced election administrators and officials from other organizations and NGOs from the region and Staff from the UNDP Civic Education Project in Fiji

September 25, 2008
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A Jack of all Trades

BRIDGE participants in Timor-Leste added electoral training to their list of enhanced skills following the successful completion of the Electoral Training Module in Dili from 15th to 18th September 2008.

August 15, 2008
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The Long and the Short of it

Another successful BRIDGE module has been completed in East Timor with the staff from Secretariado Técnico Administração Eleitoral (STAE).  The training was conducted in Dili for the 13 STAE district coordinators and 14 STAE Dili staff from Monday 28 July to Thursday 31 July 08. On this occasion there were some new facilitators and speakers who added an invigorating flavour to the sessions.

August 4, 2008
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BRIDGE TTF Suva July 2008 – Report

An AusAID funded BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course (TtF) was conducted by the Electoral Studies section of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Democracy and Governance (PIAS-DG) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in July 2008.

July 13, 2008
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If the Shoe Fits

BRIDGE often employs learning strategies that use our every day life experiences to introduce us to sometimes complex and difficult electoral issues.

July 13, 2008
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HYBRIDGE – Good Soil Much Fruit

There is a parable about a farmer who sows seeds.

June 4, 2008
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Melbourne Train the Facilitator Course

A dual TTF was conducted in Melbourne in 2008.

May 16, 2008
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The Universal Language of Football

The new Foundation Module, Strategic and Financial Planning was conducted for the first time in Dili East Timor for 27 staff of the Secretariado Técnico De Administração Eleitoral (STAE) and funded through AusAID's East Timor Electoral Capacity Development Project.

April 23, 2008
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BRIDGE in Afghanistan in 2008

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan following conducting the different BRIDGE modules in Afghanistan since 2006, from 2 Feb-17 Apr 2008 conducted the BRIDGE module 4(Boundary Delimitation) & 6 (Contestant) jointly in 3 different sessions with financial support of AusAID through TAF (The Asia Foundation) organization in Afghanistan). In total 77 participants were attended.

January 31, 2008
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ABRIDGE for Afghanistan’s IEC Staff

ABRIDGE training course was conducted from 17 to 22 November 2007 in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Twenty-six participants from Independent Election Commission HQ and field staff attended this training course.

December 23, 2007

BRIDGE for PIANZEA Members

From December 5-12 the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) network, with funding from AusAID through the Pacific Governance Support Program (PGSP), conducted two BRIDGE Modules in Auckland New Zealand.

The first module, Electoral Observers was run from December 5-7 with the second, Election Disputes Resolution, being conducted from December 10-12.

December 23, 2007

BRIDGE Returns to its Roots in East Timor

BRIDGE was first delivered in East Timor back in 2001, with Paul Guerin and Ross Attrill developing and delivering the very first modules. After a six-year break BRIDGE returned to the place it first started, with the delivery of two Introduction to Electoral Administration Modules conducted in Dili 6 December and 11 - 14 December).

November 13, 2007
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BRIDGE Modules in Afghanistan

From June to November in 2007, the IEC (Independent Election Commission) with financial support of TAF (The Asia Foundation ) conducted the Electoral Systems and Public Outreach BRIDGE modules.

October 9, 2007
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BRIDGE in the Cook Islands

BRIDGE came to Polynesia in September, following successful courses in Micronesia and Melanesia, when the Cook Islands hosted the Voter Information module. Participants from Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Niue joined their Cook Islands hosts at the Edgewater Resort for the four-day course.

June 5, 2007
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BRIDGE for EMBs in Micronesia

The BRIDGE Introduction module was conducted in Guam between May 21 to May 25, for representatives of the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) across Micronesia.

May 27, 2007
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The Second TtF in Afghanistan

The BRIDGE course has been implemented in Afghanistan since 2005. The IEC (Independent Election Commission) of Afghanistan and other stakeholders (like FEFA) found the BRIDGE project to be the best and most productive curriculum to build up the election knowledge for the individuals that are actually involved with the running of elections.

May 13, 2007
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The PIANZEA Network Fifth Bienniel Workshop

The PIANZEA Network conducted their fifth Workshop in the very beautiful Iririki Island Resort in Port Vila Vanuatu. The PIANZEA Workshop is conducted biennially and is a meeting of electoral commissioners (or their representatives) from each of the 20 member electoral management bodies (EMBs) of the Pacific region plus associate members the University of the South. The focus of the Workshop was on boundary delimitation. The Workshop was facilitated by the AEC's Ross Attrill and Alistair Legge and administrative support was provided by Erik Scholte.

April 12, 2007
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BRIDGE for PIANZEA Representatives

The Electoral Systems module of BRIDGE will be conducted for representatives attending the fifth PIANZEA (Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network) meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu. This course is funded under AusAID's Pacific Governance Support Program and will commence on April 19 at the close of the PIANZEA meeting.

March 27, 2007
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Looking for Melanesian Solutions to Melanesian Problems

Voter registration poses some very significant challenges for the Melanesian electoral management bodies (EMBs) of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. These Melanesian EMBs are challenged by a widely dispersed population spread across some of the worlds most remote and rugged terrain.

March 13, 2007
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Preparation for the Electoral Event in Kabul

Afghanistan continues to use BRIDGE to train electoral staff. The third and fourth sessions of the Election Preparation module was conducted during January and February in Kabul.

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