September 1, 2011

BRIDGE Training of Trainers (TtF) for West African Civil Society

Gorée Institute, the ACE and BRIDGE hub for West Africa organised a BRIDGE Training of Trainers (TtF)

August 30, 2011

“Voter Registration” 5-day Workshop in Accra, Ghana

International IDEA with support from AusAID through its Africa Governance Fund organised a BRIDGE “Voter Registration” 5-day Workshop in Accra, Ghana. The workshop conducted in English was held from 11 July – 15 July 2011.

August 30, 2011

BRIDGE training workshops in Juba

IFES South Sudan has organized two BRIDGE training workshops in Juba to support domestic stakeholder decision-making and build capacity to manage electoral processes during the post-independence period.

August 23, 2011

Report on the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) Course held in Nepal

The Electoral Commission of Nepal - ECN in conjunction with International Foundation for Electoral Systems- IFES organised a BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) course on 27 June – 08 July 2011 in Godavari Village Resort at Lalitpur

August 19, 2011

IFES Holds an International BRIDGE Facilitator Training in Bagdad, Iraq.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems(IFES) held an international Train the Facilitator (TtF) programme in Bagdad in August 2011 facilitated by Hermann Thiel and Skye Christensen.

August 18, 2011

BRIDGE “Voter Registration” 5-day Workshop

International IDEA has been engaged in building the capacity of African Election Management Body (EMB) personnel with support from AusAID since 2004.

August 17, 2011

BRIDGE in Portuguese in Timor Leste – A TTF in the Timorese capital, Dili

From 1 to 12 August, the first BRIDGE course in Portuguese was conducted in the seaside capital of Timor Leste, Dili.

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.

August 9, 2011

BRIDGE Implementation in Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme successfully hosted a three days BRIDGE Implementation training workshop from August 1 – 3 in the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara.

August 5, 2011

Introduction BRIDGE module for new Moldovan CEC members

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.

August 5, 2011

21 Bouganvilleans get International Accreditation as Elections and Gender Facilitators

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) ends the first BRIDGE

August 4, 2011

Train the Facilitator in the Mozambican Capital Maputo

Widening Perspectives and Deepening the Cooperation between the Mozambican Electoral Administration and the Pro PALOP-TL Project to carry out BRIDGE and Pro PALOP-TL activities

August 1, 2011

Another Double Introductory Module Conducted In Timor-Leste

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.

July 28, 2011

BRIDGE Gender and Election in Makira-Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands

The UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme conducted a BRIDGE Gender and Election workshop in Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province from 11th – 15th July 2011.

July 27, 2011

BRIDGE – Gender and Elections

The Election Commission of Bhutan conducted a 5 day BRIDGE Gender and Election module training workshop at Hotel Holiday Home, Paro, Bhutan from 27 to 31 December 2010.

July 20, 2011

Boundary Delimitation Workshop in Australia

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) conducted a BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation workshop in Melbourne from 06 - 08 July 2011.

July 12, 2011

BRIDGE Strategic, Operational and Financial Planning Workshop, Guinea Bissau

In light of the legislative elections and the possible local elections in 2012, the electoral management bodies of Guinea Bissau –

July 12, 2011

10 Groups of IHEC Staff – Introduction to Electoral Administration

In an effort to develop the capacity of Iraq’s Independent High Election Commission (IHEC), IFES and the IHEC recently launched a comprehensive program to help IHEC staff gain a deeper understanding of the electoral process and the international standards for genuine and credible elections.

July 12, 2011

MINUSTAH Electoral Assistance Section Looks to the Post-Electoral Period with first BRIDGE course

Thirty- five members of MINUSTAH’s electoral assistance division spent the week of June 6-10 exploring topics of the BRIDGE

July 5, 2011

Introductory Collaborative Workshop in Thimphu, Bhutan June 2011

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) together conducted BRIDGE training

July 4, 2011

BRIDGE Training of Trainers (ToT) Course, Zambia

The United Party for National Development – UPND in conjunction with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation - FNF organised a BRIDGE Training of Trainers (ToT) course in four provinces (Lusaka; Copperbelt; Southern and North Western) in Zambia.

July 1, 2011

The Third TtF in Kabul in June 2011

After conducting TtFs in Afghanistan in 2006 and in 2007 the IEC (Independent Election Commission) have followed this up with several BRIDGE workshops.

June 30, 2011

BRIDGE Media and Elections in Guinea-Bissau

From 20 to 22 June, the BRIDGE workshop on Media and Elections was conducted in Portuguese in Guinea Bissau in the context of the Project in Support of the 2010-2013 Electoral Cycles of the Portuguese Speaking African Countries and Timor Leste (PRO PALOP TL).  

June 15, 2011

BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module in Pretoria, South Africa, 16-20 May, 2011

Gender inequalities within electoral processes are common all around the world, strengthened by and connected to the social, cultural and economic barriers facing women in most societies.

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)

June 10, 2011

A First in BRIDGE: Observation & Election Dispute Resolution for Central African Electoral Commissions … in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

The holding of transparent and peaceful electoral processes is a recurring issue in the African continent and, specifically in the Central African sub region.

June 3, 2011

BRIDGE Electoral Systems Module in Australia

From April 11- 13, 2011 delegates from the PIANZEA Network gathered in Brisbane Australia to participate in the BRIDGE Electoral Systems module.

June 2, 2011

TtF Khartoum – Sudan December 2010

International IDEA-Sudan has organised the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) workshop in Khartoum, between December 12 -23, 2010.

June 2, 2011

First Media BRIDGE Workshop in Georgia

UNDP in Georgia supports capacity building of the Election Administration of Georgia and other Election Stakeholders through the BRIDGE programme.

May 11, 2011

The first step across a long BRIDGE… in Portuguese

The first ever TtF entirely conducted in Portuguese was held in Bissau, the capital of the western-African country, Guinea-Bissau, between April 11 -22.

May 9, 2011

BRIDGE’s Gender and Election Module reaches Binu Community, Solomon Islands

The four facilitators travelled and lived with the community for five days at Binu village on the island of Guadalcanal.

May 4, 2011

TtF – Com, Timor Leste

The first BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) workshop in Timor Leste was conducted in Com in April 2011.

April 19, 2011

BRIDGE Gender and Election Module in Afghanistan from 9-13 April 2011

After conducting different BRIDGE module programs in Afghanistan to build the capacity of its staff in different electoral aspects, the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan organized a 5 days training on Gender and Election

April 15, 2011

UN Women extends its BRIDGE programme to a rural community in Solomon Islands

UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance (GEPG) programme ended another successful awareness programme using BRIDGE’s Gender and Election module from 4th – 8th April, 2011.

April 14, 2011

Central African Election Leaders gather to discuss Election Dispute Resolution

25 senior electoral management experts from 8 countries in central Africa gathered in Kinshasa from March 14-16 to participate in a BRIDGE workshop on electoral dispute resolution (EDR).

March 30, 2011

Senegal Civil Society Prepares Ahead of the 2012 Elections Using the BRIDGE Curriculum

Gorée Institute, as a BRIDGE and ACE hub for West Africa hosted a four-day modular BRIDGE training (March 24-27, 2011) on the island of Gorée

March 28, 2011

BRIDGE Workshop in Sudan

This is a report of BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Election) Workshop for United Nations Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division (UNIRED) staff from both Northern and Southern Sudan.

March 21, 2011

UN Women’s second BRIDGE Gender and Election Workshop for Provincial Participants in the Solomon Islands

UN Women in partnership with the Women in Shared Decision Making (WISDM) and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs Women’s Development Division ended a week long training workshop

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.

March 9, 2011

BRIDGE for Polynesia

The PIANZEA Network, with funding from AusAID’s Pacific PSLP program is conducting a series of BRIDGE workshops aimed at building knowledge and the capacity of electoral staff in the Pacific to assist them in the conduct of elections.

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.

March 4, 2011

IFES kicks off first BRIDGE Train the Facilitators Course in Guinea

The Republic of Guinea has recently made great strides on the road toward democracy. With the recent election of the first democratically-elected president in its entire history

March 2, 2011

BRIDGE V2 Civic Education Module in Afghanistan

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan conducted the BRIDGE V2 Civic Education module on the 19-23 February 2011.

February 21, 2011

BRIDGE Intro for Georgian EA and Observers

The BRIDGE project in Georgia is implemented by UNDP project Promoting Dialogue and Capacity for Effective National Electoral Processes

February 1, 2011

BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course, Siavonga, ZAMBIA

In preparation for the upcoming Elections envisaged to be conducted around September 2011; the Electoral Commission of Zambia – ECZ in conjunction with UNDP Zambia organised a Train the facilitator (TtF) course

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 22, 2010

BRIDGE for Youth in Jordan and Lebanon

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation has organised two workshops on Electoral Systems. The first workshop was held in Amman 26-27/11/2010, and the second in Beirut 04-05/12/2010.

December 21, 2010

BRIDGE Train the Facilitators Course on the shores of Lake Tanganika

IFES-Burundi organized a BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) Train the Facilitator course from December 6-17 in Bujumbura, Burundi.

December 20, 2010

CEC Georgia BRIDGE Showcase

UNDP in Georgia, with the financial support of European Union, continues support of BRIDGE implementation for the EMB of Georgia.

December 19, 2010

Georgia Electoral Training

UNDP/Georgia project Promoting Dialogue and Capacity for Effective National Electoral Processes, with the financial support of European Union, aims at building the capacity of the Election Administration of Georgia.

December 8, 2010

IFES Kicks off first BRIDGE training in Niger

IFES was awarded a cooperative agreement for Niger through the USAID/CEPPS mechanism in August 2010 to assist the Niger National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in conducting the upcoming elections

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

December 2, 2010

BRIDGE Regional Train the Facilitator Workshop in Amman

International IDEA, in partnership with IFES and UNDP Arab World regional office, organized a BRIDGE Train the Facilitators workshop for participants representing seven countries in the region. The training was held in Amman, Jordan from 21 November – 02 December 2010.

November 23, 2010

BRIDGE Electoral Observers Module training in Turkmenistan

In the framework of Enhancing Electoral system and processes in Turkmenistan project, UNDP Turkmenistan in partnership with CEC organized a whole range of capacity building activities

November 21, 2010

IFES Lebanon Organized a TtF for the Ministry of Interior & Municipalities (MoIM)

IFES Lebanon, and in partnership with the MoIM of Lebanon, has organized during the period 1 – 12 November 2010 a TtF

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

November 8, 2010

BRIDGE Showcase for Observers – Georgia

BRIDGE in Georgia was first introduced in 2003 as HYBRIDGE for the operational training of EMBs

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

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 22, 2010

Legal Framework Module – Georgia

Following the capacity building initiatives, launched in March 2009

October 19, 2010

IFES Brings BRIDGE to the Balkans!

In its 10th year, it is wonderful that BRIDGE has now been introduced to the Balkans. As part of its technical assistance strategy partnership with the Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) and its Secretariat (CECS), IFES undertook to facilitate two, one-week workshops - one for Commissioners and one for the staff of the Secretariat.

October 18, 2010

Final Report on BRIDGE Training Workshop for NGOs and Elected Members of Local Councils Sinai Egypt

Two Bridge Civic Education workshops were conducted in Sinai Egypt, October 16 - 18 and October 19 - 21.

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

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

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.


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