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.
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.
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.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Burundian Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) partnered to hold Burundi’s first BRIDGE training high in the hills of Ngozi, from March 3 – 6, 2010.
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.
The Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and IFES-DRC relaunched their long-standing partnership during a vibrant BRIDGE course offered in Kinshasa from February 22-24.
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.
This is a report of BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Election) Training Workshop for 17 Regional Elections Coordinators (RECs), Deputy Chief Elections Officer, (D-CEO) and five Directors of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC), Kenya.
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.
Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe, neighbouring Ukraine and Romania. It used to be part of the Soviet Union for about 40 years and became an independent parliamentary republic in 1991 after collapse of the USSR.
As part of the Joint Action Plan (JAP) between the African Union and International IDEA, a BRIDGE TtF workshop was organized in Accra, November 9th-20th 2009. This workshop brought together a multicultural group composed by African EMB senior staff, BRIDGE partner organizations (International IDEA and IFES) and the European Association of Election Administrators.
The second BRIDGE TTF in Peru, and the 4th in Latin America, took place in Lima on 12 – 19 October 2009, two years after the first one. This TtF was supported technically by International IDEA and co-funded by the Jurado Nacional de Elecciones (Peruvian EMB) and IDEA (through a regional BRIDGE project supported by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation in Development, AECID).
To run a BRIDGE workshop in the “capital of Europe” has been a long-standing discussion amongst some of the key election practitioners working in Europe. This “dream” came true with a Train the Facilitator (TtF) workshop co-hosted at the UN House and the NEEDS Offices in Brussels from 9th to 20th November 2009.
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.
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.
Angolan election administrators gathered nearby the lush cliffs of the Kalandula waterfalls to learn about elections management last month, as part of a USAID-funded training program led by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
In November 2009 Michael Lidauer, Training Coordinator from the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) in Stadtschlaining, Austria conducted a specialisation course on ‘Election Observation and Assistance’.
Dear BRIDGE Friends, We are happy to inform you that there are still a few vacancies at the BRIDGE Train the Facilitators Course being organised by International IDEA in Pretoria, South Africa from Nov 23 - Dec 4 2009.
With the aim of developing the capacity of electoral stakeholders in Egypt, IFES and UNDP in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) agreed to join effort to organize a series of BRIDGE workshops for selected participants representing various election stakeholders in the country (Media, Electoral Commission, Ministry of Interior, NGOs, and Parliament).