September 23, 2008

Lesotho IEC gains from BRIDGE

The mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho ran its first BRIDGE course in July 2008. With a population of around 2 million, Lesotho was the first country to adopt a mixed member proportional system in Africa. This electoral system and its seat calculation was the source of an extended dispute settled by the courts just before the BRIDGE course began. With the Electoral Commission being central to the disputed results, this was a hot topic during the BRIDGE course that was held in Teyateyaneng’s Blue Mountain Inn, just an hour’s drive outside the capital of Maseru.
September 23, 2008

Joining ACE and BRIDGE together

I watched my bag being lifted over the edge of the ferry into waiting hands, praying that it would not drop into the harbour waters below. For eight days I was resident on the famous Gorée Island, just 1 km and a 30 minute ferry ride off the Dakar coastline in Senegal. For about seven days the small population of Gorée was boosted by 26 participants from ACE regional centres. The regional centres are located in geographically strategic places around the world, acting as regional hubs collecting and processing election-related information.
September 16, 2008

Civics and Governance for BRIDGE

Program Context The Civics and Governance Component within the BRIDGE Project (the BRIDGE Civic Education Development Project) is funded by Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and is in line with their organisational goals and objectives under their Building Demand for Better Governance Initiative. The project links in to the broader objectives of the Australian Government’s aid program (including the Anti-Corruption for Development strategy, and advancing gender equality), such as assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest. Australia's aid program focuses on the Asia Pacific region.
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 18, 2008

Developing a Civics and Governance Component for BRIDGE

In August 2008, the AEC’s BRIDGE Project Office Team will be starting work on the development of a Civic Education component for BRIDGE; initial funding for the activity is being provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
August 15, 2008

The Long and the Short of it

Another successful BRIDGE module has been completed in East Timor with the staff from Secretariado Técnico Administração Eleitoral (STAE). The training was conducted in Dili for the 13 STAE district coordinators and 14 STAE Dili staff from Monday 28 July to Thursday 31 July 08. On this occasion there were some new facilitators and speakers who added an invigorating flavour to the sessions.
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.
August 8, 2008

BRIDGE for UN and UNDP staff

This training is intended to introduce BRIDGE to UN and UNDP staff, provide a taste of its methodology and content, and demonstrate how BRIDGE can be used as a tool of electoral assistance programming at the country level.
August 4, 2008

BRIDGE TTF Suva July 2008 – Report

An AusAID funded BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course (TtF) was conducted by the Electoral Studies section of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Democracy and Governance (PIAS-DG) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in July 2008.
August 3, 2008

Report on the BRIDGE Workshop July 2008, Egypt

With the aim of contributing to the electoral reform process in Egypt, IFES and UNDP-Egypt in cooperation with the NCHR organized BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Election) training in 2007. The workshop brought together selected participants representing various election stakeholders in Egypt to enhance their understanding of the principles that underpin the electoral process and share with them comparative experience from the region and other parts of the world as a framework in which to assess their own local experience and draw on best practices and lessons learned and was delivered by "IFES". IFES is one of the BRIDGE partners along with EAD, UNDP, IDEA and the Australian Election Commission (AEC). Based on the success of the 2007 BRIDGE training in Cairo, UNDP Egypt, in cooperation with NCHR, and IFES decided to offer further technical assistance to different electoral stakeholders in Egypt.
July 16, 2008

BRIDGE in Africa – IDEA’s regional approach

Since 2006 IDEA has conducted a series of regional BRIDGE courses for participants from East and Southern Africa. The regional approach hasshown to have a number of additional benefits beyond the impact of the training on improving the participants' skills and knowledge. One of the major benefits of the regional approach has been the comparative experience that participants are able to share from their diverse national backgrounds.
July 13, 2008

If the Shoe Fits

BRIDGE often employs learning strategies that use our every day life experiences to introduce us to sometimes complex and difficult electoral issues.
July 13, 2008

HYBRIDGE – Good Soil Much Fruit

There is a parable about a farmer who sows seeds.
July 1, 2008

Liberia: Using Bridge with Stakeholders

In a move to become more financially independent from the government and to build trust with stakeholders, the National Elections Commission of Liberia and IFES held an Electoral Democracy Training Conference with key stakeholders using the Bridge Curriculum.
June 29, 2008

BRIDGE grows in Jordan

From 8 to 12 June 2008 the second BRIDGE course was run in the heat of Aqaba in Jordan. With the blissful setting of the Red Sea in the background the searing temperatures were soon forgotten as 25 participants from the Ministries of Interior and Municipal Affairs got stuck into the Introduction to Election Administration Module.
June 10, 2008

BRIDGE Workshop Cairo, Egypt

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.
June 4, 2008

Melbourne Train the Facilitator Course

A dual TTF was conducted in Melbourne in 2008.
June 4, 2008

BRIDGE Comes to Jordan

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.
June 3, 2008

BRIDGE introduced to Botswana

Running training in a shopping mall proved to be a good decision. The accommodation venue in Gaborone was filled to capacity and the option was to run the course in a marquee tent. Having been in a similar situation before, we opted for the mall. This was to be the first time a BRIDGE course was to be run in Botswana.
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.
May 16, 2008

The Universal Language of Football

The new Foundation Module, Strategic and Financial Planning was conducted for the first time in Dili East Timor for 27 staff of the Secretariado Técnico De Administração Eleitoral (STAE) and funded through AusAID's East Timor Electoral Capacity Development Project.
April 23, 2008

BRIDGE in Afghanistan in 2008

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan following conducting the different BRIDGE modules in Afghanistan since 2006, from 2 Feb-17 Apr 2008 conducted the BRIDGE module 4(Boundary Delimitation) & 6 (Contestant) jointly in 3 different sessions with financial support of AusAID through TAF (The Asia Foundation) organization in Afghanistan). In total 77 participants were attended.
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 13, 2008

BRIDGE Training in Ramallah Report

In recent years, a number of Arab countries have undertaken significant steps to strengthen their institutional development, which allowed them to reach important structural reforms and procedural improvements in the administration of their electoral processes. Significant indicators of this progress include the rise of autonomous election management commissions, electoral law reforms to improve participation of women, and - in notable cases the conduct of competitive and credible elections. However, thus far, these reforms have remained purely isolated domestic experiments, with a very limited exposure both within the Arab world itself and at wider international level, which in most cases have taken individual countries as far as their internal capacities, experiences and resources allowed.
April 13, 2008

Signing of BRIDGE Project in Egypt

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Human Rights and the United Nations yesterday signed a document for a new phase of the project on building resources for democracy and governance (Bridge) in Egypt.
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 25, 2008

Malawi Electoral Commission staff undergo training

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), with support from UNDP Malawi, are training the fourth group of secretariat staff at Hippo View Lodge in Liwonde, Malawi from 18th to 22nd February 2008.
March 24, 2008

BRIDGE Train the Facilitators held in Pretoria in March 2008

In Pretoria, South Africa on 3 to 14 March 2008, IDEA in partnership with the South Africa Electoral Commission (IEC) held a 10 day BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course.
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.
February 17, 2008

Malawi Electoral Commission staff undergo training

Zomba, 11th February 2008 – The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), with support from UNDP Malawi, are training the third group of secretariat staff at Hotel Masongola in Zomba, Malawi from 11th to 15th February 2008.
January 31, 2008

ABRIDGE for Afghanistan’s IEC Staff

ABRIDGE training course was conducted from 17 to 22 November 2007 in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Twenty-six participants from Independent Election Commission HQ and field staff attended this training course.
January 29, 2008

BRIDGE Electoral Workshop in Kenya

The International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) in conjunction with the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK), conducted a BRIDGE training session with 6 newly appointed Election Commissioners.
January 28, 2008

Zimbabwean NGOs prepare for Elections

The Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (ZESN) hosted a BRIDGE course for the different organisations in its network in mid-January 2008. 36 participants from all over Zimbabwe joined together in Nyanga, in the eastern highlands of the country, to attend training in Public Outreach and Electoral Observation from 14 to 18 January. The setting could easily have been confused with Scotland rather than Zimbabwe, with trout fishing and a golf course set amongst forests and rolling mountains and a constant chill and misty days.
January 28, 2008

Electoral Systems Workshop in Cairo

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.
January 1, 2008

Election Basics Come Alive with BRIDGE

Professional training usually does not involve impromptu soccer matches. But there they were: adult men and women engaging in an unexpectedly brutal game in a hotel conference room in Washington, D.C. Unbeknownst to most of the players, this was no ordinary game.
December 23, 2007


From December 5-12 the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) network, with funding from AusAID through the Pacific Governance Support Program (PGSP), conducted two BRIDGE Modules in Auckland New Zealand. The first module, Electoral Observers was run from December 5-7 with the second, Election Disputes Resolution, being conducted from December 10-12.
December 23, 2007

BRIDGE Returns to its Roots in East Timor

BRIDGE was first delivered in East Timor back in 2001, with Paul Guerin and Ross Attrill developing and delivering the very first modules. After a six-year break BRIDGE returned to the place it first started, with the delivery of two Introduction to Electoral Administration Modules conducted in Dili 6 December and 11 - 14 December).
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.
December 16, 2007

Report on the BRIDGE Training Workshop in Egypt

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.
November 25, 2007

First Implementation Workshop on the African continent

In the middle of the November spring rains in South Africa participants from southern and east African countries joined the first Implementation Workshop for BRIDGE to be held on the African continent. The 3-day Implementation Workshop is based on the BRIDGE Implementation Manual and aims to guide individuals and organisations responsible for designing and setting up training courses that use material taken from the BRIDGE Project curriculum.
November 13, 2007

BRIDGE Modules in Afghanistan

From June to November in 2007, the IEC (Independent Election Commission) with financial support of TAF (The Asia Foundation ) conducted the Electoral Systems and Public Outreach BRIDGE modules.
November 6, 2007

The First BRIDGE Implementation Workshop in Arabic

The first BRIDGE Showcase and Implementation workshop to be held in Arabic took place in Amman Jordan over 5 days from October 21 to 25, 2007.
October 12, 2007

Mec managers hone skills

Article from the The Daily Times - Malawi - 24 september 2007
October 9, 2007

BRIDGE in the Cook Islands

BRIDGE came to Polynesia in September, following successful courses in Micronesia and Melanesia, when the Cook Islands hosted the Voter Information module. Participants from Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Niue joined their Cook Islands hosts at the Edgewater Resort for the four-day course.
September 20, 2007

Arabic Train the Facilitator in Amman

The first ever BRIDGE Train the Facilitator's (TtF) training course to be conducted fully in Arabic by all Arab Facilitators was held in Amman, Jordan 2 -13 Sep 2007. The training was organized and coordinated by UNDP Iraq, United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the International Electoral Assistance Team (IEAT), International IDEA, IFES, and the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq-IHEC.
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 17, 2007

The first BRIDGE Workshop in Egypt

The first BRIDGE training course was held in Cairo, Egypt from 8-12 July 2007. The training course was coordinated by three BRIDGE project partners: International IDEA, IFES and the United Nations Development Program-UNDP in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) in Egypt.
July 2, 2007

Version 2 on Track

Version 2 has arrived!
June 27, 2007

NEC of Liberia holds BRIDGE Training

International IDEA, IFES, and The National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia collaborated to bring BRIDGE training (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) to the Commission's staff from June 11 to 22, 2007. The training marks the first time that BRIDGE has been conducted in post-conflict Liberia, and exemplifies strong collaboration in the recently - expanded BRIDGE partnership.
June 5, 2007

BRIDGE for EMBs in Micronesia

The BRIDGE Introduction module was conducted in Guam between May 21 to May 25, for representatives of the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) across Micronesia.
May 27, 2007

The Second TtF in Afghanistan

The BRIDGE course has been implemented in Afghanistan since 2005. The IEC (Independent Election Commission) of Afghanistan and other stakeholders (like FEFA) found the BRIDGE project to be the best and most productive curriculum to build up the election knowledge for the individuals that are actually involved with the running of elections.
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.
May 25, 2007

A TtF for EMBs in East & Southern Africa

A BRIDGE Train the Facilitators (TtF) was conducted betweem May 7 to May 18, 2007 in Pretoria.
May 13, 2007

The PIANZEA Network Fifth Bienniel Workshop

The PIANZEA Network conducted their fifth Workshop in the very beautiful Iririki Island Resort in Port Vila Vanuatu. The PIANZEA Workshop is conducted biennially and is a meeting of electoral commissioners (or their representatives) from each of the 20 member electoral management bodies (EMBs) of the Pacific region plus associate members the University of the South. The focus of the Workshop was on boundary delimitation. The Workshop was facilitated by the AEC's Ross Attrill and Alistair Legge and administrative support was provided by Erik Scholte.
April 12, 2007

BRIDGE for PIANZEA Representatives

The Electoral Systems module of BRIDGE will be conducted for representatives attending the fifth PIANZEA (Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network) meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu. This course is funded under AusAID's Pacific Governance Support Program and will commence on April 19 at the close of the PIANZEA meeting.
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.
March 27, 2007

Preparing for the May 2007 elections in Armenia

The parliamentary elections to be held in Armenia on 12 May 2007 will be an important indicator of democratic progress. Between 19 February and 2 March 2007, International IDEA and the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) in Armenia trained 29 persons (including 27 from Armenia and 2 from abroad) to become professional and ethical trainers in (BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course) electoral administration in Yerevan, Armenia.
March 27, 2007

Looking for Melanesian Solutions to Melanesian Problems

Voter registration poses some very significant challenges for the Melanesian electoral management bodies (EMBs) of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. These Melanesian EMBs are challenged by a widely dispersed population spread across some of the worlds most remote and rugged terrain.
March 27, 2007

BRIDGE University Course in Yerevan

The department of Political science at the Slavonic University in Yerevan intends to establish a new course of elections, based on BRIDGE-Armenia material and methodology and has initiated a presentation of BRIDGE-Armenia Manual in the University in March 2007. In order to have a better understanding of BRIDGE-Armenia materials, methodology and approach, one of the PhD students of the University attended selected sessions of BRIDGE Armenia TtF as an observer.
March 13, 2007

Preparation for the Electoral Event in Kabul

Afghanistan continues to use BRIDGE to train electoral staff. The third and fourth sessions of the Election Preparation module was conducted during January and February in Kabul.
March 13, 2007

Implementation Workshop: UNEAD

The Implementation workshop was held in Scandinavian House (New York) on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March 2007, with 22 participants and 2 facilitators. The workshop was facilitated by Yvonne Goudie (BRIDGE Project Office) and Deryck Fritz (UNEAD).
February 7, 2007

BRIDGE Manual: Armenian Translations

In January 2007, International IDEA and the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia published the Armenia BRIDGE Manual, focused specifically on Armenia's election administration experiences and needs.
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 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.


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