October 23, 2018

IFES provides support to the electoral stakeholders in Kyrgyzstan

The Representative Office of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in the Kyrgyz Republic continues to support Central Election Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic (CEC) […]
April 17, 2018

Election observation BRIDGE Course in Swaziland

IMG 8097The Swaziland Elections Support Network (SESN) under the auspices of the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland (CANGO) is implementing a project titled SUPPORTING WOMEN […]
April 6, 2018

BRIDGE Gender and Access Workshop, Paraguay Feb 2018

Photo 1 TTF ParaguayA BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) workshop was held in Asuncion, Paraguay, from 8 to 21 February 2018. This training was organized by […]
February 13, 2018

IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine

On January 30- February 1, 2018 IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants […]
October 19, 2017
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IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducted Gender and Elections workshop

October 10-12, 2017

July 25, 2017
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IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducted Gender and Elections workshop

July 04-07, 2017

June 30, 2017
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BRIDGE Partner meeting held in New York

The 5 BRIDGE Partners met on the 28 June 2017

May 16, 2017


took place between 9 and 12 May, in the capital of the country

May 16, 2017
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IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training

at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine


March 22, 2017
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Electoral Systems workshop for the members of Election Administration


20-23 February, 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine

December 1, 2016

BRIDGE workshop on disability rights and access to the electoral process

Ukraine Training Center

October 13, 2016
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IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducts Electoral Systems’ workshop

September 26-29, 2016

October 5, 2016

BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Training was conducted

at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine

December 10, 2014
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December 18, 2013

BRIDGE Participant Survey

As we highlighted last month, the BRIDGE Partners have commissioned a first-time, comprehensive assessment of BRIDGE.

November 19, 2013
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Independent Assessment of BRIDGE underway

Although BRIDGE has been in existence for over a decade, to-date there has been no independent assessment of BRIDGE's functioning and effectiveness.

July 1, 2013

Time to Go!

Some of you by now may have heard the rumour that I am leaving the BRIDGE Office.

December 21, 2012

The BRIDGE Year in Review

2012 was a very big and successful year for BRIDGE and the BRIDGE Partnership. In the BRIDGE Office we have had more events than previous years, a BRIDGE Partner Meeting and many, many accreditations. While there have been some changes in regards to BRIDGE with the discontinuing of DG BRIDGE we have experienced significant growth in various areas throughout the year.

August 21, 2012

Updated BRIDGE Statistics

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: Updated BRIDGE Statistics to August 2012.

March 21, 2012

BRIDGE Facilitator Forum is now live!

Recently the BRIDGE Office posed the question of whether an online forum for BRIDGE facilitators to network and chat would be welcomed. We got such a positive response that we're happy to be able to announce the new Facilitators' Forum is now live!

February 3, 2012
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Updated BRIDGE statistics for January 2012

The BRIDGE statistics have been updated for January 2012 and cover all workshops and accreditations to the end of 2011. 

January 25, 2012
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Calling all BRIDGE facilitators! Help with evaluation

The BRIDGE Office is trialling a new facilitator evaluation form over the next few months, and we need your help!

August 11, 2011
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BRIDGE Around the World

It is more than 10 years ago now that BRIDGE began as the mere spark of an idea amongst a group of electoral experts.

August 11, 2011

BRIDGE Partner Committee Meeting

The 9th BRIDGE Partner Committee Meeting (PCM) was held in Budapest, Hungary in June this year, alongside the ACEEEO 20th jubilee conference.

June 10, 2011

BRIDGE and the Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa and Timor Leste

The “BRIDGE Strategy” of the PRO PALOP TL (the Project in Support of the 2010-2013 Electoral Cycles of the Portuguese Speaking African Countries and Timor Leste)

March 10, 2011

A Tribute to Wael Al-Faraj – Rest Peacefully Our Dear Brother

The pages of this website are most often filled with joyous news about the positive effects that BRIDGE has on participants and facilitators alike.

November 3, 2010

IFES Political Finance Module: Partner Review

Money matters. There is a growing understanding worldwide that the best administered electoral process can fail to benefit democratic development

July 11, 2010

UN Public Service Awards Ceremony in Barcelona

Numerous friends and colleagues have told me over the years what a wonderful city Barcelona is.

May 11, 2010

BRIDGE Wins United Nations Public Service Award

BRIDGE has won the 2010 United Nations Public Service Award in the category "Improving the delivery of public services".

April 12, 2010

New Jobs Listing Area on the Website


The BRIDGE website now has a section for job listings.

March 17, 2010

BRIDGE and ACE are now on Facebook

BRIDGE and ACE are now on Facebook! The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network is now online repository for electoral information and Your Portal to the World of Elections.
March 3, 2010

Australia Day Achievement Award to the BRIDGE Office

In presenting the awards, the Commissioner acknowledged the commitment and passion which all of the award recipients across the AEC brought to their work in 2009, and thanked them for their contribution towards enhancing the AEC’s reputation for excellence.

February 15, 2010

BRIDGE Work in Moldova

BRIDGE accrediting facilitators - There are currently two short-time assignments related to the BRIDGE Strategic and Financial Planning module course to be held in Moldova in early March.

January 15, 2010

Emmanuel Rejouis

We note with deep sorrow that Emmanuel Rejouis – a BRIDGE facilitator greatly respected and loved by many in the electoral community – perished in the Haiti Earthquake

December 9, 2009

BRIDGE has a new Website and Logo

In November the BRIDGE Office launched a new BRIDGE website.  Essentially this has meant that we have upgraded the Content Management System (CMS) that the site uses as well as changing the design of the site. 

December 9, 2009

Political Finance Module Development Update

Since 2007, with generous support from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), IFES has been working on a project aimed at a broad-based, results-oriented dialogue on global standards and best practices in political finance.
July 30, 2009

BRIDGE and Bhutan

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) in pursuit of good electoral administration has always given high priority for capacity development of the election officials. Beside on the job training, the officers were sent to learn from the already established Electoral management Bodies around the globe to gain knowledge and expertise. For this reason, the ECB was interested to learn more about BRIDGE.

June 15, 2009

Changes to BRIDGE Facilitation Categories

BRIDGE, the world’s foremost elections curriculum, has undergone some changes. For one, it is no more known as BRIDGE Project, but simply as BRIDGE. Other changes […]
December 1, 2008

Implementation Manual Progress Report

As you may be aware, the third V2 Implementation Manual meeting took place in Sydney, Australia from 10-13 November 2008 attended by over 20 lead facilitators and partner representatives.

December 1, 2008

Bridging the Gap Between Partners!

Sounds like the promo for a marriage guidance counselling agency, doesn’t it?  Not so, it’s the latest positive result to come out of BRIDGE.

December 1, 2008


The BRIDGE office has been compiling a list of all programs and workshops that have been conducted since it commenced. This information will be added to an online list event list that can be easily searched. Information of the progress of the development of the website will be advised in future newsletters.

November 26, 2008

Strengthening Partner Relationships

The BRIDGE Partner Meeting was attended by representatives of four of the five partners - IDEA, IFES, UNDP, AEC.  UNEAD unfortunately were unable to attend and sent apologies.  The attendees at the BRIDGE V2 Implementation Workshop No 3 were attended to attend the morning session of the BRIDGE Partner Meeting.

November 26, 2008

Building Facilitator Friendships

The AEC International Services Section – Bridge Project Office was delighted to host BRIDGE V2 Implementation Workshop No 3 in Sydney Australia from 10 to 13 November 2008 followed by a BRIDGE Partner Meeting on 14 November.
November 4, 2008

The 8th BRIDGE Project Partner Committee Meeting

The 8th BRIDGE Project Partner committee meeting is being held on Friday 14th November 2008 in Sydney, Australia, to coincide with the third Implementation Manual meeting.
November 4, 2008

Implementation Manual Meeting # 3

The final Bridge (V2) Implementation Manual Meeting (# 3) is being held in Sydney Australia from 10-13 November 2008 at the Australian Electoral Commission State Office.

October 17, 2008

132 Reason to Use BRIDGE

The BRIDGE Methodology as it was presented by Ms. Rose Mutayiza, Mr. John Kamea and Mr. Romitesh Kant on Friday 25th July 2008 at the Fiji National Initiative on Civic Education Project site at 2/2 Clerk Street, Suva, will, in my view, greatly assist the NICE Project to achieve the objectives of its core business faster, more efficiently, more professionally, within the project time frame, within the allocated budget and up to the kind of standard that will inevitably leave a lifelong sense of commitment to democracy and the democratic process in the facilitators and participants for the following reasons:
August 22, 2008

Running a BRIDGE Course

So you want to run a BRIDGE course? BRIDGE has grown into the de facto elections training curriculum around the world today. Short for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections, the course has developed out of initiatives by the Australian Electoral Commission, International IDEA and the UN's Electoral Assistance Division. A testimony to its growth is the addition in recent years of IFES and UNDP as partners in the BRIDGE Project.

August 18, 2008

Implementation Workshop: Egypt, July 2008

This workshop/meeting was the second in a series of three workshops in 2008 related to the updating of the Implementation Manual and general implementation issues relating to V2 (basically to decide what Implementation/Customisation tools are needed and to develop a strategy and timeline for their development.)

August 11, 2008

IFES Press Release

In July 2008 IFES/Jordan hosted a BRIDGE course in Amman. The event marked the first BRIDGE training in Jordan with delegations from multiple countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

June 4, 2008

A New Batch of Level One Facilitators

This year has already been an exciting one with the launch of Version 2 in New York, but it is also pleasing to see that the Project is still accrediting high-quality facilitators. And even more pleasing is the fact that we have been able to add 3 more Level 1 Facilitators to our ranks. 

May 21, 2008

BRIDGE V2 Completion Status Report

As you are aware, V2 (English) is now completed and available on the web. This includes all 23 modules and the Train the Facilitator program handbooks.The BRIDGE Project Office thanks the hundreds of people who contributed to this massive endeavour in making the curriculum truly international and inclusive of all segments of society. If you have any feedback about the curriculum, we would love to hear from you.

April 17, 2008

A BRIDGE 2 Far? Not far enough…

Together with its partners, International IDEA launched Version 2 of the Building Resources in Democracy and Governance (BRIDGE) Project on 26 March 2008. Aimed at supporting the professional development of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), BRIDGE is to date the most comprehensive curriculum on electoral processes.

April 10, 2008

BRIDGE Partners Announce the Launch of Version 2

The BRIDGE project partners launched Version Two of the Building Resources in Democracy and Governance (BRIDGE) Project in New York on March 26, 2008. The event drew dozens of international electoral experts and members of the diplomatic, non-profit and United Nations communities at International IDEA' headquarters.
March 24, 2008

BRIDGE Curriculum Expands to Version 2

After much hard work the upgrade of the BRIDGE Electoral Administrators Course curriculum has finally been completed, with the official launch of BRIDGE Version 2 to be held at International IDEA's office in New York on 26 March 2008, in the presence of representatives of the BRIDGE partner organisations and IDEA Member States.

December 18, 2007

BRIDGE Version 2 Completed



Version 2 (all 23 modules) is finished!




V2 is huge, over 5000 documents make up the 23 modules. V2 is in English but currently there are translations of parts of V2 being done in French, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages.




September 13, 2007

New BRIDGE Brochure

A new BRIDGE brochure is now available for download.   

August 16, 2007

A Statistic Report – Afghanistan 2006-2007

The BRIDGE course has been used extensively in Afghanistan. This article provides a statistical overview and photos from the various courses that have been conducted during 2007.

July 2, 2007

Version 2 on Track

Version 2 has arrived!


May 25, 2007

Version 2 Curriculum Status Report

Version 2 is on track to be substantially completed by the end of June 2007. Editing is continuing on a number of modules and we are about to send the first of the modules (the Introduction module) to the partners as part of the partner approval process.

April 7, 2007

BRIDGE Partnership Expands to Five Organisations

On March 29th at the GEO event held in Washington DC , IFES and UNDP signed up to be new partners to the BRIDGE Project and join founding partners the Australian Electoral Commission, International IDEA and the UN Electoral Assistance Division.


February 7, 2007

About Version 2

In summary, the most complete modules are:

  • Introduction module (Introduction to Electoral Administration)
  • Boundary Delimitation
  • Pre-election Activities
  • Media and Elections
  • Electoral Systems
  • Electoral Observation
  • Access to Electoral Processes
January 10, 2007

New Comment Feature for the BRIDGE Website

If you are a regular visitor to this site you will most likely have noticed that the 'Forum' area has been replaced with a new feature that allows anyone to simply add their comments to the end of news articles.
December 21, 2006

BRIDGE in 2006

As 2006 draws to a close, it is timely to reflect on what has been a wonderful year for the BRIDGE Project and to thank the partner organisations and all of our facilitators and administrative support staff for their hard work and enthusiasm.

This year there have been more BRIDGE courses conducted than ever before. Excitingly, BRIDGE has been conducted in several African nations, in Latin America, in the Middle East, in the Pacific, in Afghanistan, in the Caucasus and in Bangladesh. There have been requests for BRIDGE from places as diverse as Bhutan and Armenia.

December 20, 2006

BRIDGE Testimonial

"Elections are the largest and most extensive logistical exercise conducted during peacetime involving almost the entire adult population of a state or nation says Dr Abdalla Hamdok, IDEA Regional Director of Africa and Middle East Programme. Despite the complexity of the task there is no formal university level degree or diploma available for the study of election administration."

This is why in 2001 International IDEA, the Australian Electoral Commission and the United Nations developed the BRIDGE training curriculum specifically to meet the needs of election administrators. In fact, BRIDGE is now widely recognized as the most comprehensive training curriculum of its kind in the world.

October 26, 2006

Desperately Seeking Photos

The BRIDGE Project Office is looking for electoral photos for Version 2 which is aiming to include much more audio/visual material. The subject matter for the photos is as broad as the BRIDGE curriculum itself – encompassing all elements of elections.

August 15, 2006

Version 2: We Need Your Help!

BRIDGE Version 2 is bigger and better than Version 1, but we need your help to make it even bigger and better! Whilst we are extremely happy with development work so far, we realize that the curriculum needs many more personal examples and anecdotes scattered throughout its 3000 pages that the 16 modules has become! The last 4 years of BRIDGE course evaluations unanimously praises the inclusion of international examples/comparisons of all electoral topics – the resounding cry is for more.


May 17, 2006

Version 2: Progress Report

One of the recommendations of the 2005 BRIDGE Expert Advisory Group (EAG) meeting in Melbourne was to update BRIDGE to Version 2 by the end of 2006. The BRIDGE Project Office in Melbourne is coordinating this goal.

BRIDGE Version 2 is being further internationalised by commissioning expert writers from as many cultural and language backgrounds as possible. We have writers from every continent and region (the Americas, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia and New Zealand) – and this group will expand in the second ‘batch’ of writing contracts for the second half of 2006.

May 10, 2006

BRIDGE in 2006……so far

The first half of 2006 has been busy for the BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) Project, not only overseas, but also in Australia, with courses being run for AEC staff all over the country. BRIDGE first headed up to Darwin in February where Yvonne Goudie and Bianca McCulloch facilitated Module 3: Public Outreach, the first time that this module has been run.  Chosen for its relevance to operational activities, and the general appeal of the module itself, it was a great success combining brainstorming, domestic and international case studies, and as always in BRIDGE, the varied experiences and contributions of the participants.  Bianca completed her accreditation as a BRIDGE facilitator at this module, and is already a great asset to the BRIDGE Project.


May 4, 2006

New BRIDGE site

Welcome to the new BRIDGE website.

If you are a BRIDGE facilitator, implementer, writer or just someone interested in electoral administration, please register your details to this site.  You can access the registration form by clicking on the 'register' link on the right hand bridge panel on the front page of this site. 

Once you have registered you will be able to be part of the BRIDGE forum discussions, contribute articles to the site and will be automatically recorded on the BRIDGE database that is regularly referred to when selecting individuals for various BRIDGE activities.  Importantly, any BRIDGE password and username you were provided for the previous BRIDGE site will no longer work.  All users (facilitators, implementers and writers) will have to re-register on the new site to gain access.  

April 2, 2006

In Memory of Glenn Rhodes

Glenn Rhodes, known to many Australians in the election world as the force behind the Electoral Governance course at Griffith University in Queensland, died recently from cancer.


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