In Kyiv, Ukraine from February 19-21, IFES, the CEC and the joint IFES-CEC Training Center held a three-day workshop on voter and civic education using the comprehensive and interactive Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) training curriculum.
IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID, Global Affairs Canada and the UK department for international affairs conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Gender and Elections. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge on the concept of stereotypes and myths in the field of gender, the influence of different types of electoral systems and quotas on women’s representation and mechanisms to overcome barriers for women during the electoral process. The workshop was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on December 04-06, 2019. The workshop was held in Ukrainian language and was facilitated by BRIDGE workshop-level facilitators Evgeniy Krikopolo, Yevheniia Pavlovska, Serhii Serzhan and Anastasia Matvienko. Twenty-four participants from the CEC, CSOs of Ukraine and political parties attended the workshop (out of which three were male and twenty one female). The workshop, which was customized for the Ukrainian experience and context, engaged participants on various topics, including but not limited to: Definition of gender. Influence of myths and stereotypes Women’s rights: level playing field International election standards and principles: women’s rights The legal framework for elections and gender The electoral cycle and gender mainstreaming EMB strategies for overcoming obstacles to women’s participation in elections Representation and gender equality Electoral systems and representation of women Electoral systems and quotas Gender aspects of the selection of potential candidates by political parties Measures to increase women’s participation in political parties Money in politics and gender equality Informing and educating voters on gender issues All sessions were highly interactive and enabled participants to discuss various issues related to gender aspects of electoral process through role play, simulations, discussions and group work. Participants had the opportunity to try themselves in the role of candidates, leaders of political parties, as well as representatives of media, NGOs and EMBs, which enabled participants to better understand the roles of different stakeholders in the process of promoting reforms to ensure equal representation of men and women in politics. With the help of a number of simulations, participants were able to understand how even minor changes in the election system such as constituency magnitude, the formula and structure of the ballot can affect women’s representation. Participants throughout the workshop actively engaged in all activities and responded positively to the training. After the workshop, there was a general consensus amongst participants regarding the need to change the public attitude towards gender quotas through comprehensive educational and informational […]
From 9 to 12 December 2019, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Albania undertook two BRIDGE workshops namely a one-day BRIDGE ‘implementation workshop’ and a 3-day workshop on ‘Strategic Planning for Electoral Management’ (version 3). Both workshops were supported by the Association for Political Studies (APS), Council of Europe (CoE) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). The purpose the BRIDGE implementation workshop was to provide guidance to the CEC on designing and setting up a BRIDGE programme for 2020 and beyond. The purpose of the BRIDGE Strategic planning workshop was to: Familiarise participants with the steps, concepts and methodologies of strategic planning as a management tool that can enhance their performance; Support participants to appreciate how the applicability of strategic planning concepts and methodologies to the electoral management can help strengthening the CEC’s planning and operational capacities; Provide participants with an understanding of how, through a structured, long-ranging strategic planning process, the CEC can reach fundamental decisions and implement key strategic actions to help determine the essence of what this institution is, what it does and how it does it; Provide the Executive Management of the CEC with sufficient knowledge that can enable them to make an informed decision on whether or not to formally commit the CEC to a multi-year strategic planning process; Showcase the BRIDGE adult learning methodology to the CEC. In total, 15 participants (9 female & 6 male) attended the implementation workshop and 19 participants (11 female and 8 male) attended the strategic planning workshop. The majority of the participants were from different departments of CEC, however 3 participants were from APS. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Zage Filiposki (Accrediting BRIDGE facilitator), Ms Doina Bordeianu (CICDE, Accrediting BRIDGE facilitator) and Mr Erik Asplund (International IDEA, BRIDGE Workshop Facilitator). Also Mr Antonio Spinelli (International IDEA) acted as a guest speaker/resource person during the strategic planning workshop. Ms Ana Tenolli (CEC) and Mr Erjon Tase (APS) managed and administered the workshops. Both workshop took place at the CEC in-house, purpose built, training facility located in the CEC HQ in Tirana, […]
The BRIDGE annual partners meeting took place at International IDEA HQ on 23-24 October with representatives from the Australian Election Commission, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Electoral Assistance Division and International Foundation for Electoral Systems. The 2 day meeting was preceded by a expert workshop on 22 October organized by International IDEA on ‘Best Practices in Training Capacity and Delivery in Election Administration’ and a public event on ‘how to restore trust in elections – credibility and capacity at the front lines’. The 2 day BRIDGE meeting started with a discussion on the forthcoming BRIDGE institutional strengthening and professional development module. Followed by discussions on: BRIDGE workshop implementation, the he BRIDGE community of practice, the BRIDGE strategic plan, partners MoU, M&E, the BRIDGE version 3 curriculum, and promotion and outreach with a focus on BRIDGE 20th anniversary celebrations starting in 2020. […]
On September 18-19, 2019 IFES Kyrgyzstan with financial support of USAID and in cooperation with the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, held BRIDGE Disability Rights in Elections workshop in Bishkek for representatives of State Personnel Service, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Bishkek Mayor’s Office and disabled people organizations. Twenty-four participants (14 females and 10 males) were gathered to discuss the rights of people with disabilities in the context of Kyrgyzstan. It was the second Disability Rights in Elections Workshop organized in the country (first Disability Rights and Gender in Elections BRIDGE workshop was organized in 2018). Selection of the rights of persons with disability module for the second BRIDGE workshop came in respond to the electoral stakeholders’ (state and local bodies) requests and demonstrates their readiness to have an open and constructive dialogue and cooperation. The workshop is one of the attempts to ensure inclusion at their workplace for state and local bodies. Moreover, the workshop became a platform for representatives from different state bodies and civil society organizations to discuss burning issues of inclusion of people with disabilities and ensuring their rights. This workshop is essential for the preparation to local elections this year, Parliamentary Elections in 2020 and given recently ratified Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities. The workshop conducted by the Country Director of IFES Kyrgyzstan office and accrediting BRIDGE facilitator, Renata Levovski, and BRIDGE TtF completed facilitators, Alexander Orehov, Bermet Mameyeva and Anastasia Griadasova as well as invited expert on inclusion, Sania Amirhanova, was focused on approaches towards the disability and rights-based language, myth and stereotypes related to persons with disabilities, international principles and standards and modeling accessible environment for people with disabilities. The workshop methodology is especially designed for adult learning and included theoretical and practical perspectives. During the simulation exercise participants had to vote at accessible and inaccessible polling station trying different types of disabilities on mock Election Day. Participants highly appreciated the organization of interactive workshop and facilitation style which they found very creative and unusual type of the seminar they ever took part. Participants mentioned that the workshop helped them understand better the needs of people with disabilities and necessity to provide accessible conditions for everyone. Representatives of the different state and civil society organizations built a network for further cooperation in promoting the rights of people with disabilities in Bishkek city and other regions of […]
On September 24-26, IFES, in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Training Center, conducted a three-day workshop on electoral systems using the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) curriculum.
First BRIDGE Train the Facilitators (TtF) workshop has been conducted in Bishkek during 4-15 March. The workshop was organized by the Representative Office of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in the Kyrgyz Republic continuing to assist CEC and SRS in building training capacities of these institutions. The TtF was attended by 22 (14 female, 8 male) professionals, key staff of the CEC, SRS and IFES responsible for the training, capacity building, voter education and information. A team of the TtF complete facilitators will make part of the pool of trainers and curriculum writes of the Kyrgyz Central Election Commission (CEC) and State Registration Service (SRS) training centers. This activity is an important step towards institutionalization of the CEC and SRS training practices and bringing them to a new level, which is important step in preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2020. The workshop was facilitated by Pavel Cabacenco, accrediting BRIDGE facilitator and Renata Levovski, BRIDGE facilitator/Head of the IFES Kyrgyzstan office. During the workshop all participants had a chance to present their ice-breakers, facilitate in pairs two sessions and write themselves one session. In the middle of the workshop, on 8th of March, future TtF complete facilitators together with IFES colleagues from all over the world celebrated International Women’s day and expressed their support to the IFES efforts to insure better participation and representation of women in political process. BRIDGE facilitators one more time reminded them that gender is one of the cross-cutting topics of the entire BRIDGE curricula. Evaluating the TtF many participants mentioned that the workshop contributed to their professional and personal development, that they learned a lot about the adult learning methodologies and facilitation technics, BRIDGE requirements and philosophy. The workshop was highly appreciated and considered timely and important initiative, which brings CEC and SRS to a higher level of the training and capacity […]
The workshop was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on October 23-25, 2018 and hosted by the joint IFES-CEC Administrative Center for the Training of Election Process Participants. The workshop was facilitated by three BRIDGE workshop-level facilitators Alyona Sheshenia. Anastasiia Matvienko and Yevheniia Pavlovska.
BRIDGE VCE Workshop June 2018 Ukraine Group PhotoIFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants, and with the financial support of UK government and USAID, conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Voter and Civic Education V3. The workshop main objectives were to explore the concepts and different approaches of civic education, electoral education and voter information in order to aid informed decisions about their use in a Voter and Civic Education programme; also, to explore the merits of a long term, strategic approach to Voter and Civic Education. Therefore, the workshop was constructed on Eight Step approach of implementing the VCE programme. The workshop was conducted during June 19-22, 2018 at “Triplske Sontse” Hotel, in Kyiv, Ukraine. The workshop was facilitated by international facilitator Natia Kashakashvili and two workshop-level Ukrainian facilitators Tetyana Bibik and Oleh Hryshin. Twenty-nine participants from the CEC of Ukraine, International and Local NGOs attended the workshop. The sessions engaged the participants with high interaction and enabled them to discuss the various steps of development and implementation of the Voter and Civic Education Programmes. Some of the sessions encouraged participants to be creative and therefore the atmosphere throughout the sessions remained very positive and joyful. The workshop has met its objectives. Final evaluation was arranged by targeting the stakeholders’ learning outcomes and future usage of the knowledge. One of the main achievements that NGO representatives have mentioned was the opportunity given for them for networking with the CEC of Ukraine as well as International Organizations (IFES, OSCE, USAID). Participants have evaluated the workshop content as very beneficial for the upcoming 2019 Elections; apart the other vast volume of new information received, they have highlighted “WARM” approach to be one of the novelties in systematic approaches discussed during the workshop. Some participants noted their astonishment about the vast volume of the information being delivered within four-day workshop, and along with the lots of practical exercises. At the end, all the participants have received certificates in recognition of completion of 4-day VCE workshop. […]
Moldovan librarians to become focal points for civic education In the framework of the civic education campaign “Get involved!” organized by Center for Continuous Electoral Trainings (CCET) in partnership with Central Electoral Commission of Moldova, more than 70 librarians were trained to became focal points for civic education. In Moldova, in the past years, the libraries turned into institutions that act as connectors in the community. Novateca program promoted the concept of modern library. According to them, a modern library: assesses specific needs of community members and provides both traditional and innovative services in accordance to community fluctuations; serves as a community hub by identifying and addressing community needs; represents a vibrant community center, where users can gain new skills and competencies, learn new practices, and proactively spend time with the support of a competent and skilled librarian. CCET was looking for solutions to its civic education programs to reach all over the country. So, the idea of using the network of libraries in the country appeared. From 21st May to 01st June 2018, The Centre for Continuous Electoral Training (CCET) by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Moldova, conducted four two-days BRIDGE training workshops on “Civic Education and Voter Information” for librarians. In total, 71 people, mostly women, were trained to design and deliver programs of civic education following the eight steps approach. The gender imbalance among the participants is explained by the fact that there are only 3 male librarians in Moldova, the rest being women. The workshops were facilitated by Dr. Doina BORDEIANU, BRIDGE Accrediting Facilitator and Mrs. Aliona PLACINTA, semi-accredited BRIDGE facilitator. She has successfully developed and implemented her training knowledge and capacities and was fully accredited as BRIDGE workshop facilitator. “Being a member of the BRIDGE family is a great honour. I am extremely happy and delighted to have obtained the next level of qualification, namely workshop facilitator. The opportunity to work with experienced facilitators and to learn by doing seems to me an extraordinary opportunity, for which I thank my colleague Doina Bordeianu, who has been with me and guided me all the time with valuable advice. I wish that in the future I can share the experience gained with as many participants as possible and grow professionally with them.” – commented Aliona when she received the accreditation. The workshop content was developed based on version 3 of “Civic Education and Voter Information” Module. The facilitators tailored them to the needs of the participants which had a basic electoral background, but a good experience in organizing various activities of community interest. All participants felt able to share their views and contribute in full BRIDGE spirit. They got excited and willing to become focal points for civic education in their localities. As follow up activities, the librarians should design and organize a civic education activity for their readers and promote the new CCET E-learning course „I elect my Parliament in 60 minutes”. According to the evaluation made by the participants and the facilitators, the trainings represented a success. Participants have highly appreciated the BRIDGE methodology and the presented topics. The training received many positive feedbacks. Some of them are: It was very interesting, dynamic, and funny but working atmosphere. This is the merit of the facilitators first of all and of course of the participants! Before the seminar I couldn’t thought that there is so much to discuss about civic education and voter information I learned a lot and had a great communication and useful exchange of experience with my colleagues. When I return home, I will put in place a new modern library service „The small citizen’s club” These BRIDGE workshops are the result of a partnership established between CCET and the Association of Librarians of the Republic of Moldova with the aim to involve the existing network of libraries and librarians in conducting the civic education activities. The trainings were organized in the framework of the citizens’ education and information campaign “Democracy Counts” by the CCET in partnership with the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova (CEC), carried out under the “Strengthening democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections” project implemented by UNDP Moldova. […]
First ever BRIDGE workshop in Kyrgyzstan: election stakeholders learn about the rights of persons with disabilities and gender aspects of electoral process On 31 May -2 June IFES Kyrgyzstan with financial support of USAID and in cooperation with Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz State Registration Service (SRS) held BRIDGE Disability Rights and Gender in Elections workshop. The workshop became the learning and discussion platform for the twenty-one participants (15 female, 6 male), coming from IFES, CEC, SRS, civil society organizations defenders of the rights of persons with disabilities and women. It was the first time when BRIDGE has been organized in the country. Selection of the rights of persons with disability and gender and elections modules for the first national BRIDGE workshop came in respond to the electoral stakeholders’ requests and demonstrates their readiness to have an open and constructive dialog and cooperation. The workshop conducted by the head of IFES Kyrgyzstan office, Renata Levovski and Pavel Cabacenco, accrediting BRIDGE facilitator was focused on the human rights terminology, main approaches and concepts of the inclusion of persons with disabilities and women in electoral process, international standards and best practices in creation of the inclusive environment throughout the electoral cycle. At the simulation exercise, participants had a chance to see and feel themselves what an inaccessible polling station is, leave through the limitations of persons with disabilities during the Election Day. Participants highly appreciated the workshop and facilitation style. They mentioned that the workshop helped them understand better and see in different light necessity to insure accessibility of electoral process for persons with disabilities and women. Representatives of the different state and civil society organizations built a common ground for further cooperation, which will allow making electoral process in Kyrgyzstan more […]
From May 21 to June 1, 15 participants attended the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop organized by International IDEA in Stockholm, Sweden. Through the Electoral Processes impact area, International IDEA supports the integrity of electoral institutions and processes worldwide. One of the focus areas is the capacity of electoral authorities to implement their mandate. The BRIDGE project represents an important vehicle for this capacity building work. The aim of this TtF workshop was to raise the capacity of International IDEA, BRIDGE partners (AEC, IFES, UNDP, UNEAD) and a select number of EMBs to facilitate BRIDGE courses globally, regionally or nationally. This ten-day intensive workshop, which is integral to the BRIDGE program, uses a ‘train the trainer’ model and aims at enhancing the knowledge about the BRIDGE methodology and materials and the facilitation skills of potential facilitators. After completing the workshop, participants expressed that they had lived a very positive and self-reflective experience. They also spoke of the TtF as a contributing factor to their long term professional development. The facilitation team was formed by lead facilitator Virginia Beramendi (Accrediting Facilitator), Alistair Legge (Accrediting Facilitator), Lourdes González Prieto (Accrediting Facilitator) and Sara Staino (Workshop Facilitator). This TtF workshop was particularly special as participants were given the opportunity to contribute to the enhancement of the TtF BRIDGE module by providing feedback to the facilitators as they conducted the activities. An updated version 3 of this module will be ready by the end of 2018. […]
IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID, UKAID and Global Affairs Canada conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Electoral Systems. IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID, UKAID and Global Affairs Canada conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Electoral Systems. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge on characteristics of all electoral systems’ families and then to make thorough analysis of each electoral system. The workshop was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 13-15, 2018 and hosted by the joint IFES-CEC Administrative Center for the Training of Election Process Participants. The workshop was held in Ukrainian language and was facilitated by BRIDGE workshop-level facilitators Evgeniy Krikopolo, Oleh Hryshyn and TTF Completed facilitators Alyona Sheshenia. Twenty-six participants from the CEC and CSOs of Ukraine attended the workshop (out of which eleven were male and fifteen female). Some of the start-up activities created the basis of understanding principles of electoral systems that later led to analyzing electoral systems within each family: Participants were asked to prioritize Electoral System principles based on their own understanding without reference to a particular country which later on, while analyzing each electoral system principles, led to the discussion that each electoral system can offer specific priorities. Participants were explained the principle of representation and its different forms. This session content, later on while analyzing each electoral system principles, led to the discussion, what type of representation can offer the electoral system (in natural way – without reserving the seats). Another start-up session focused on Electoral System three elements, the content of which was used throughout the whole workshop, in order to characterize electoral systems. For visibility and summary, in parallel to explanation of the systems, facilitators were sorting the systems into a) District Magnitude: MMD vs. SMD; b) Ballot Structure: Categorical vs. Preferential; Party vs. Candidate oriented; c) Electoral Formula: Relative Majority vs. Absolute Majority vs. Proportional to the share of votes. All sessions on technical understanding of systems were highly interactive and enabled participants to try all types of electoral systems in practice. Participants had the opportunity to try themselves in the role of voters, candidates and as well as counting officials, which ensured better understanding of voting and counting systems of each electoral system. One of the sessions was devoted to selecting the best variant of electoral system with open lists for Ukraine. For this used infographics that showed how would have changed the results of parliamentary elections in 2014 in Ukraine if been used different versions of the electoral system with open lists, including the Dutch model, Polish model, Czech model, Estonian model and the Swedish model. This session was very interesting for the participants in light of the relevance of the reform of the electoral system in Ukraine. That helped to combine a theoretical knowledge of international experience with the Ukrainian political and socio-economic factors. Also, one session was devoted to modeling the results of the 2014 Parliamentary elections in Ukraine under the MMP system. This session helped to clearly see the difference between the parallel system which is currently used in Ukraine and the MMP system. The participants themselves figured out how the composition of the Ukrainian Parliament would change under this electoral system and what impact this could have on politics. On the last day, participants were tasked to analyze which system is the most fair; also to design electoral system based on the provided circumstances, where the participants designed the system based on the social and political circumstances of the country “x”. Another major focus of the workshop was understanding of gender representation within the presented Electoral systems, also measures to increase women representation in an electoral system that does not favor representation of women naturally. Major achievement of the workshop was that participants agreed that reforming the electoral system is a very important and sensitive issue, and therefore requires a balanced approach. Participants throughout the workshop have expressed interest and actively engaged in all the activities. […]
IFES Ukraine with cooperation of Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine and financial support of Canadian government, held BRIDGE Political Financing workshop for the representatives of CEC and CSOs
UNDP/Georgia, with the financial assistance of EU and in partnership with Central Election Commission of Georgia and the Centre of Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Trainings, conducted 7-day BRIDGE workshop on Elections and Training.
The modernization of the Moldovan electoral process and the institutional consolidation of the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova (CEC) have been supported by the UNDP Moldova Democracy Programme.
The Strategic Planning Process (2014 – 2016) of the State Election Commission (SEC) of the Republic of Macedonia (SEC) was facilitated by two BRIDGE facilitators, Zage Filipovski and Ljupka Guguchevska. Both BRIDGE facilitators were coaching SEC staff (Chiefs of Sectors, Secretary General and State Advisers) through the planning process.
UNDP Georgia, within the project “Promoting Credible and Sustainable Electoral Institutions and Processes” with the financial support of EU and in coordination with the Parliament of Georgia, organized the workshop on the Electoral Systems
Albanians will go to the polls on 23 June to elect their 2013-2017 legislature. These elections, and the electoral reforms that preceded them, are of significant importance for the country’s democratization and EU integration prospects.
Subsequent to the success of the first BRIDGE Train the Facilitator - TtF Course, a joint collaboration between The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy – NIMD and International IDEA, which was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 6-17 February 2012, NIMD organised another TtF in The Hague, Netherlands on 14- 24 May 2013
From 10 to 12 of April 2013, representatives of the Parliament of Republic of Moldova and Central Electoral Commission (CEC) have participated in a joint workshop to explore the topic of Gender and Elections.
Highly enthusiastic with the previous experiences and the outcomes of BRIDGE workshops in Macedonia, the State Election Commission (SEC) gladly decided to use BRIDGE methodology in the mandatory training SEC is organizing and conducting for the members of the lower electoral management bodies.
UNDP Georgia, within the project “Promoting Credible and Sustainable Electoral Institutions and Processes” with the financial support of EU and in coordination with the Parliament of Georgia, organized the workshop on the Electoral Systems for the members of the parliament and leaders of the NGOs who are considered to work on the future electoral reform.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) within the framework of “Strengthening Election Administration in Kosovo” project, with the financial support of USAID and in partnership with the Central Election Commission of Kosovo organized two BRIDGE trainings for 36 representatives of Municipal Electoral Offices and staff of Central Election Commission of Kosovo.
On 24-25 January 2013 the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova (CEC) with the support of UNDP Democracy Programme/Elections organized a BRIDGE workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration for the CEC new staff.
From 15 to 19 October 2012, the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova and the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania participated in a joint workshop to explore the topic of gender and elections using the GPECS customised BRIDGE module.
IFES Kosovo, within the framework of “Strengthening Election Administration in Kosovo” project, with the financial support of USAID and in partnership with the Central Election Commission of Kosovo, has organized a TtF workshop for CEC staff and representatives of the CSOs.
UNDP Georgia in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Georgia and the Center for Training and Electoral Reforms, with the financial support of the EU, held five customized BRIDGE workshops for the Electoral Stakeholders of Georgia for the upcoming Parliamentary Elections in Georgia, set for October 1, 2012.
From 26-30 March 2012, BRIDGE made its first appearance in Bucharest, Romania to a group of 26 expectant and curious election stakeholders from the region [including: Albania; Armenia; Georgia; Kyrgyzstan; Moldova; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Ukraine].
IFES Georgia, implementing USAID-funded program Increased Trust in the Electoral Process (ITEP), in collaboration with the Central Election Commission of Georgia, conducted 15 four-day customized BRIDGE workshops for District Election Commission (DEC) members for the capacity enhancement of the mid-level election administration in Georgia in the period of Jan 22-Feb 25, 2012.
On 13 - 17 February 2012, UNDP's Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS) organized 2 BRIDGE workshops on Gender and Elections that aimed to build knowledge and introduce practical tools to mainstream gender into electoral administration and programming for EMB and UNDP representatives from Europe and CIS region.
The regional Train the Facilitator workshop in Budapest, Hungary was the first training of BRIDGE facilitators in Central and Eastern Europe and therefore, it is of utmost importance in terms of introducing BRIDGE as a capacity building tool in the region.
Within the GPECS Europe and CIS component, the UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group of the Bureau for Development Policy (DGG/BDP) and UNDP Bratislava Regional Center (UNDP BRC) in cooperation with UNDP/Turkmenistan has organized a five-day Europe and CIS Regional BRIDGE Workshop
On 28 and 29 July 2011, the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova restarted a key internal development programme for its members and staff through the presentation of a BRIDGE ‘Introduction to Electoral Administration’ workshop in Chisinau.