January 26, 2007

BRIDGE Train The Facilitator, Stockholm Jan 29 – Feb 9 2007

International IDEA, a founding partner of the BRIDGE Project, has organised a "Train the Facilitators" in Stockholm Sweden from Monday 29 January - Friday 9 February 2007. The course is being facilitatoed by 3 IDEA staff members, Margot Gould, Maria Gratchew and Emad Yousef. The fourth facilitator is Therese Pearce Laanela, former IDEA staff member and currently working as one of the contributors to BRIDGE Version 2. Ossama Kamel from IFES Egypt is co-facilitating the course to finish his accreditation as a BRIDGE facilitator.

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 29, 2006

Together we Sail the Ocean Towards the Land of Justice

We the small brother island countries continuously treasure the virtues in you.

You do not only provide written recourses, financial support but visited or invited us to attend round table trainings and discussions (Workshops)

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
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BRIDGE for Returning Officers in PNGEC

Under the PNGEC/AEC Twinning Project, a one-week BRIDGE workshop specifically designed for the PNGEC was conducted three times during 2006. At the request of the PNG Electoral Commissioner the workshop was held for newly appointed Returning Officers.

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.

December 19, 2006
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A TtF for Latin America

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from 6 to 10 November 2006, International IDEA, the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations and the Spanish Ministry of Interior trained election administrators from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay

December 19, 2006
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BRIDGE for the IEC in Afghanistan

The BRIDGE module 'Preparation for the Electoral Event' was recently conducted for staff of the Afghanistan Electoral Commission. The course was conducted in two sessions for 55 key election staff.

December 19, 2006
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A TtF Conducted for the Arab World

In Amman, Jordan, from 12 to 23 November 2006, International IDEA trained election administrators from seven countries in the Arab World: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Somaliland, Sudan and Syria.

December 19, 2006
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A TtF for Electoral Adminstrators in Africa

In Pretoria, South Africa, from 20 November to 1 December 2006, International IDEA and the Electoral Commission of South Africa trained election administrators from Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zanzibar.

December 19, 2006
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Implementation Workshop: A Reflection

The 3-day Bridge Implementation Workshop in Melbourne provided the opportunity for PIANZEA election administrators to meet and share recent experiences in their respective jurisdictions. At the end of the workshop, everyone agreed that the Implementation Workshop had succeeded in providing guidance for designing and setting up Bridge training courses. It also familiarized everyone with the scope and flexibility of Bridge training material, and how to best implement it.

December 18, 2006
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The First BRIDGE Implementation Workshop

AusAID through their Pacific Governance Support Project funded a recent BRIDGE Implementation Module Workshop in Melbourne, Australia on 11 – 13 December inclusive.  The purpose of the workshop was to provide guidance to individuals and organisations responsible for designing and setting up training courses that use material taken from the BRIDGE Project curriculum. 

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.

October 8, 2006
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Training of Facilitators in Luanda, Angola

In November 2005, Angola 2000 was appointed the umbrella organization for the Plataforma Nacional da Sociedade Civil Angolana para as Elieções (PNASCAE), a permanent body composed of civil society organisations involved in electoral processes. In December 2005, the President of the PNASCAE and Director of Angola 2000 requested SaferAfrica’s technical and financial assistance for capacity building of members of the PNASCAE. Angola 2000 and SaferAfrica have a Memorandum of Understanding that covers cooperation in the field of peace, security and good governance. SaferAfrica agreed to provide financial and technical assistance to the PNASCAE and to assist in the fundraising for the additional training.

September 26, 2006
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BRIDGE TtF in Dhaka – Bangladesh

Based on a request form the Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) to implement a BRIDGE program in Bangladesh, a BRIDGE TtF Program was held in Dhaka city from 11 – 21 September 2006, organized by the BEC - Electoral Training Institute and jointly funded by the Australian High Commission (AHC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangladesh.

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.

 

August 14, 2006
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BRIDGE TtF in Suva

The fifteenth BRIDGE Train the Facilitator course was held in Suva, Fiji from 17-28 July 2006, organised by the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The course was run under the auspices of PIANZEA, and funded by AusAID's Pacific Governance Support Program, with the aim of training a solid group of regional BRIDGE facilitators to support the growth of BRIDGE in the Pacific in the next five years.

July 22, 2006
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Trainers Learn to Interact

Electoral officers have been encouraged to interact more with people they hold training discussions with as part of a new mode of learning.The Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections trainers course (BRIDGE) is a participatory project that allows everyone to be part of the training, said Elections Officer Ilisapeci Natau. 

July 21, 2006

ABRIDGE for Village Elections in Lhoong District

AIPRD/Logica-AusAID Program in collaboration with USAID-LGSP Local Election Project. This is the 2nd Phase of ABRIDGE in its assistance to the 5 villages of Lhoong Sub-District. Module 7 on Preparing for Election Event was chosen after a long discussion. The aim of the training was to encourage creative and critical thinking to equip the village election committee to see what are the aspects involving preparations for the event.

July 3, 2006
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World First: Combining of BRIDGE and BEAT in Yemen

From 10 to 21 June 2006, a Professional Development Course (PDC) was conducted for 35 upper and middle managers of the Supreme Commission of Elections and Referendums (SCER) secretariat at the Taj Sheba Hotel, Republic of Yemen. IFES and UNDP agreed to form a joint project in collaboration with the SCER Training Unit to develop the PDC based on harmonized elements of both BRIDGE and the IFES Basic Electoral Administrators Training (BEAT).

June 12, 2006
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ABRIDGE for Indonesia – June 2006

ABRIDGE Module 1 on EMB was conducted in the District of Lhoong, Aceh Besar Regent of Nangroe Aceh Darrusalam (NAD) for Phase 1 on June 10, 2006. The one day training was facilitated by AIPRD/Logica (Local Governance and Infrastructure for Communities in Aceh) - an AusAID funded project and conducted by an accredited BRIDGE facilitator contracted under LGSP (Local Governance Support Program), a AUSAID funded project.

May 17, 2006
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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 11, 2006
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ABRIDGE in Nanggroe Aceh Darrusalam

During March 2006, logistics and integrity management training was conducted in Nanggroe Aceh Darrusalam (NAD) for KIP (Independent Electoral Commission) for Local Elections (Pilkada) in Indonesia.  This training used BRIDGE.

LGSP-USAID ran a marathon training programme in the 2nd and 3rd week of March at Cakradonya Hotel in Banda Aceh. The programme was funded by JICA and managed by Forum LSM, while supervised and facilitated by LGSP-USAID and KIP.

May 10, 2006
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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
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PIANZEA BRIDGE Advisory Group

The third Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) Network BRIDGE Advisory Group Meeting was held in the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji between 27-28 April 2006. The meeting followed on those held in Canberra in March 2004 and in Honiara in May 2005, and was funded by AusAID under the Pacific Governance Support Program.

May 4, 2006

BRIDGE Scoping in South Asia

AUSAID have provided funding for BRIDGE scoping missions in South Asia.Between May 9 to 19 Ross Attrill will travel to Bangladesh and Bhutan, with the aim of designing an appropriate capacity building program for electoral administration in each country based on 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 23, 2006
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BRIDGE in PNG

BRIDGE workshops were recently conducted in Port Moresby, Mt Hagen and Madang for staff from Provincial Administrations who had previous elections experience

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April 20, 2006
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The First TtF in Kabul

The Asia Foundation (TAF)implemented the first BRIDGE Train the Facilitator(TtF) course in Afghanistan from the 15th to 26th of March 2006. Organizing and conducting the TtF country-wide was a complex and challenging task which required clear lines of communication with provinces, accountability and logistic support. Following the development and approval of the course strategy and methodology,TAF Electoral Project Team contacted the BRIDGE Project office to select facilitators to run TtF jointly with TAF Electoral Project Team. As a result of these discussions the BRIDGE facilitators included: Joanne Cheah, Lynne Puckeridge, Wael Ishmael Al-Faraj and George Baratashvili.

April 20, 2006
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BRIDGE for civil society organisations in Angola

The first BRIDGE training workshop for election-related civil society organisations was held March 6 - 17, 2006 at SaferAfrica, 173 Beckett Street Arcadia in Pretoria, South Africa. This was aimed at building the enabling capacity of the Plataforma Electoral Angolana [This is a coalition of Angola-based civil society organisation involved in the electoral process in Angola] to play an effective role in the electoral process in Angola. To achieve this aim, the training focused on selected components of the BRIDGE modules. The training was conducted in both English and Portuguese. This ABRIDGE workshop was funded and coordinated by SaferAfrica[SaferAfrica (www.saferafrica.org) is an independent, professional, non-profit association which assists in the development of responsible and self-reliant good governance structures in the South in peace and security] based in South Africa. The training was facilitated by Theophilus Dowetin with Kenneth Mpyisi as co-facilitator.

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.

March 23, 2006
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Late Night Live Interview – Solomon Islands

A radio program 'Late Night Live' on the Australian Broadcasting Authority, recently aired a discussion about the forthcoming elections in the Solomon Islands. The program titled 'Clean Elections, Solomon Style' touches on how the BRIDGE course has been used in this context. You can listen to the interview by downloading it from the media section of this site or simply by clicking the following link:

http://bridge-project.info/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=96&Itemid=78

 

 

March 22, 2006
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Public Outreach Module Conducted in Darwin

On the 6th and 7th of March 2006 Bridge Module 3: Public Outreach was undertaken in the Northern Territory of Australia. This was the first time this module has been delivered.

The module was chosen by the NT AEC office for its relevance to current operational activities and also its broad appeal to the non-electoral participants in the course.

Attendees came from the AEC’s Northern Territory Office, The Northern Territory Electoral Commission and the Northern Territory Parliament House Liaison and Information Unit. All participants came with some degree of experience in public outreach activity, although the degree of experience varied significantly.

March 14, 2006
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Introductory Module Conducted in Auckland

The first BRIDGE course to reach the shores of New Zealand arrived in February 2006 where 18 participants and several facilitators from various Pacific countries came together for a week of the usual BRIDGE activities and social outings. Pacific countries represented included: New Zealand, Cook Islands, Nuie, Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu. There was also the welcome addition of a freelance election specialist who described himself as from Haiti/France/USA (now residing in New Zealand) – who added another international dimension apart from the Pacific contingency. The course provided an opportunity for the new Version 2 Introductory Module to be trialled, and for several of the participants who were semi-accredited at the June 2005 Fiji Train the Facilitator program to become fully accredited.

March 14, 2006
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Solomon Islanders become BRIDGE Consultants

Two Solomon Islanders who have been working on the Civic Education Project (CEP) have been selected to work with curriculum writers from around the world to write version 2 of the Building Resources In Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) manuals. Audrey Manu, the CEP National Coordinator and Tina Harihiru, one of the CEP Provincial Team Coordinators for Malaita were two of the three writers who wrote the curriculum for the Civic Education Project. The third writer was Linda Puia Tamaika.

The CEP has just completed its second Phase across the country.

February 11, 2006
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BRIDGE in Afghanistan 2005

ABRIDGE Development

In the course of the 2005 Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan, developing a professional Capacity Building Program for the JEMB and JEMBS staff to run follow up elections in the future became one of its key priorities for JEMB. It was recognized that the building of a strong and stable Electoral Administration capacity in this country is a very important task in order to conduct credible Elections. To sustain the Electoral Administration in developing democracies, it is significant for Electoral Administration staff to be properly trained and supported.

February 10, 2006
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BRIDGE for District Electoral Officers in Ghana

Ghana District Officers Group

A BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) training course in English was held in Accra, Ghana from December 1 - 9, 2005 for newly recruited District Electoral Officers of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The Commission is scheduled to conduct nationwide Local Government Elections in 2006.

February 9, 2006
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Fiji Elections Office focuses on team

Fiji Times Online www.fijitimes.com

THE Elections Office is focusing on building a strong team of certified electoral administrators to face the challenge of conducting a transparent and fair election.

The training program is organised by the Democracy and Electoral Studies (DSP) Program of the Institute of Governance at USP and is being run in partnership with the Elections Office and the Australian Electoral Commission.

February 9, 2006
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Fiji BRIDGE Workshop

Press Releases - Fiji Government Online (www.fiji.gov.fj)

Workshop vital to election preparation - Naivalu

The 'Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections' (BRIDGE) workshop organised for Electoral Administrators and District Commissioners from through out the country is vital and of great importance said the Commissioner Northern Misieli Naivalu.

January 16, 2006
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Version 2 – A New Phase

Although users of the BRIDGE Project have found it to be an extremely useful tool (as evinced by its increasing use around the world), those facilitating Version 1 of BRIDGE for the past five years are of the view that it would be desirable to rewrite some modules and develop new ones so as to keep BRIDGE up to date and to make it even more comprehensive.

January 3, 2006
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HYBRIDGE in Yemen

Facilitators of the Yemen Course
The first SCER Professional Development Course (PDC) was conducted for 35 upper and middle managers of the SCER secretariat at the Taj Sheba Hotel, Sana, Republic of Yemen, 19-30 November 2005. The facilitation team were Ross Attrill (Australia - Co-ordinator), Nicolas Garrigue (France - International expert), Alexandra Hovelaque (France International expert), Emad Yousef (Jordan International expert), Sami Ahmed Al-Othari (SCER General Manager, Training and Development Centre) and Bushra Ahmed Al-Shari (UNDP Yemen).

December 14, 2005

Burkina Faso TtF – Sept 04

September 2004 saw the first francophone Train the Facilitator run in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It was organised by the Centre for Democratic Governance (CDG) in Burkina Faso with the assistance of International IDEA and the UNDP, and facilitated by Maria Helena Alves, Haoua Bissiri and Alexandra Hovelacque, with CDG Director Augustin Loada and the invaluable assistance of CDG staff. This is the conclusion from the report on the session:

December 14, 2005
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A BRIDGE Train the Facilitator in Melbourne

TtF returned to Melbourne in May 2005 and drew participants from a wide range of countries. This is an extract from a case study included in the AEC's 2004-2005 Annual Report:

December 14, 2005
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Electoral Officials Participate in a BRIDGE Showcase in Bolivia

International IDEA and the Spanish Ministry of Interior held a showcase of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections curriculum (BRIDGE) at the training centre of the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, between September 13 and 16.

November 25, 2005
Accra Train the Facilitator Group Photo

The first Train the Facilitator in West Africa

Ghana welcomed BRIDGE in August 2005 when a Train the Facilitator (TtF) course was held in Accra, the first TtF run in West Africa. This course was co-organised by IDEA and the Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA) and trained 26 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana and the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP). These facilitators are now accredited to provide electoral management training in the region.

October 2, 2004

A Train the Facilitator in Pretoria – October 2004

Over the last 15 years Electoral assistance providers have gradually begun to recognize that the building of a strong and stable electoral administration capacity in-country is more important than providing ad hoc electoral assistance from outside. One of the central components of IDEA's work in supporting capacity building of election management bodies in Africa is through the use of our BRIDGE Electoral Administrators Training Course.

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