July 20, 2018

BRIDGE Workshop in Mongolia – Gender Perspectives & Youth Participation on Elections & Political Finance, June 2018

BRIDGE ARRIVES IN MONGOLIA ‘Gender Perspectives and Youth Participation on Elections and Political Finance’ – Two Hybrid BRIDGE Modules in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia June, 2018. Mongol leader Chinggis Khaan said in the 11th century “Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard” – relevant as ever in modern-day democratic Mongolia. Following a peaceful revolution in 1990, Mongolia began holding multiparty elections, but widespread corruption hinders development and democratic progress. Women and youth, the largest groups in Mongolia, struggle to participate fully in the political life of the country, though many women and youth are members of political parties. Young people and women in Mongolia lack general knowledge on how to leverage political finance to achieve a more level playing field for themselves within their parties and in contesting election. In this context, International IDEA is implementing the ‘Level Up: Political financing with integrity project in Mongolia’ programme in cooperation with the Open Society Forum (OSF), that aims to improve political finance regulatory frameworks in a way that empower women and young politicians and that protect the integrity of public policy making from the influence exerted by money in politics. The two two-day BRIDGE modules held in Mongolia in June 2018 are the first BRIDGE workshops to be held in Mongolia: Political Finance and Women’s Empowerment (18-19 June) – targeting women from political parties (all 20 participants were women) Political Finance and Youth Empowerment (21-22 June) – targeting youth from political parties (all 10 participants under 35 years old, mixed gender) The objective of the workshops was to introduce the main principles, structures and institutions underlying a credible and workable political financing regulatory framework, especially relating to the inclusion of youth and women. It also aimed to create a venue for sharing experiences and good practices on how best to promote the participation of youth and women in electoral and political processes in election and political processes more broadly. The workshops comprised participants each from five main political parties: Mongolian People’s Party, Democratic Party, Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, Civil Will Party and Hun/Labour Party. The workshop content was essentially the same for each workshop, with nuanced differences for the different target groups and different focus of each workshop; women and youth. Topics included: An introduction to BRIDGE; international standards and best practices in creation of an inclusive environment throughout the electoral cycle; political financing including campaign financing regulations to promote women’s and youth participations; the status of political finance and gender equality and youth participation in politics in Mongolia; and current reforms proposed for Mongolia law. The workshops were facilitated by Yvonne Goudie (BRIDGE facilitator) and supported by local experts:  Enkhtsetseg Dagva, Open Society Forum, Zolzaya (Zola) Batkhuyag, Director and Co-Founder, Women for Change NGO, and Dr Gerelt-Od Erdenebileg, Director, Office of International Relations, Mongolian National University of Education. The workshop was managed by Battuul Baterdene, Program Coordinator in Mongolia, International IDEA and the support team from OSF. The venue was the OSF premises. Participants highly appreciated the workshop content and methodology. Throughout the workshop participants were actively engaged. The participatory methodology was a novelty for this audience, including the local experts. Whilst initially slightly reticent, the participants quickly warmed to the methodology and commented in the evaluations that they enjoyed the methodology as much as they enjoyed learning new knowledge. The participatory methods included: speed debating, values clarification, fishbowl and development café. The experts and several participants commented that they would use these methods in their own organisations. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Participants mentioned that the workshop helped them better understand the issues relating to political finance and potential regulations to manage the issues in Mongolia. Many also commented that they learned a lot about international principles and the need for their parties to become more inclusive for women, youth, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups. The workshop demonstrated an excellent networking platform for the participants from the different political parties; participants demonstrated their readiness to have an open and constructive dialog, and a desire for continued cooperation to build on the common ground they identified during the workshop. While the workshops met their objectives, it is important to build on the achievements of the workshops. Several suggestions were made to achieve longer lasting impact, including conducting more BRIDGE workshops (with more members of the main political parties and by conducting more workshops), and for OSF to host cross-party informal meetings, dialogues and further trainings and seminars. Based on the positive outcomes of these workshops, BRIDGE will hopefully a bright future in in Mongolia. {gallery}MongoliaJune2018{/gallery} […]
June 25, 2018

Voter and Civic Education BRIDGE Workshop in Ukraine, June 2018

BRIDGE VCE Workshop June 2018 Ukraine Group PhotoIFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants, and with the financial support of UK government and USAID, conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Voter and Civic Education V3. The workshop main objectives were to explore the concepts and different approaches of civic education, electoral education and voter information in order to aid informed decisions about their use in a Voter and Civic Education programme; also, to explore the merits of a long term, strategic approach to Voter and Civic Education. Therefore, the workshop was constructed on Eight Step approach of implementing the VCE programme. The workshop was conducted during June 19-22, 2018 at “Triplske Sontse” Hotel, in Kyiv, Ukraine. The workshop was facilitated by international facilitator Natia Kashakashvili and two workshop-level Ukrainian facilitators Tetyana Bibik and Oleh Hryshin. Twenty-nine participants from the CEC of Ukraine, International and Local NGOs attended the workshop. The sessions engaged the participants with high interaction and enabled them to discuss the various steps of development and implementation of the Voter and Civic Education Programmes. Some of the sessions encouraged participants to be creative and therefore the atmosphere throughout the sessions remained very positive and joyful. The workshop has met its objectives. Final evaluation was arranged by targeting the stakeholders’ learning outcomes and future usage of the knowledge. One of the main achievements that NGO representatives have mentioned was the opportunity given for them for networking with the CEC of Ukraine as well as International Organizations (IFES, OSCE, USAID). Participants have evaluated the workshop content as very beneficial for the upcoming 2019 Elections; apart the other vast volume of new information received, they have highlighted “WARM” approach to be one of the novelties in systematic approaches discussed during the workshop. Some participants noted their astonishment about the vast volume of the information being delivered within four-day workshop, and along with the lots of practical exercises. At the end, all the participants have received certificates in recognition of completion of 4-day VCE workshop. […]
June 24, 2018

BRIDGE Civic Education Workshop, Moldova May 2018

Moldovan librarians to become focal points for civic education In the framework of the civic education campaign “Get involved!” organized by Center for Continuous Electoral Trainings (CCET) in partnership with Central Electoral Commission of Moldova, more than 70 librarians were trained to became focal points for civic education. In Moldova, in the past years, the libraries turned into institutions that act as connectors in the community. Novateca program promoted the concept of modern library. According to them, a modern library: assesses specific needs of community members and provides both traditional and innovative services in accordance to community fluctuations; serves as a community hub by identifying and addressing community needs; represents a vibrant community center, where users can gain new skills and competencies, learn new practices, and proactively spend time with the support of a competent and skilled librarian. CCET was looking for solutions to its civic education programs to reach all over the country. So, the idea of using the network of libraries in the country appeared. From 21st May to 01st June 2018, The Centre for Continuous Electoral Training (CCET) by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Moldova, conducted four two-days BRIDGE training workshops on “Civic Education and Voter Information” for librarians. In total, 71 people, mostly women, were trained to design and deliver programs of civic education following the eight steps approach. The gender imbalance among the participants is explained by the fact that there are only 3 male librarians in Moldova, the rest being women. The workshops were facilitated by Dr. Doina BORDEIANU, BRIDGE Accrediting Facilitator and Mrs. Aliona PLACINTA, semi-accredited BRIDGE facilitator. She has successfully developed and implemented her training knowledge and capacities and was fully accredited as BRIDGE workshop facilitator. “Being a member  of  the  BRIDGE  family  is  a  great  honour. I am  extremely  happy  and  delighted  to  have  obtained  the  next  level  of  qualification,  namely  workshop  facilitator. The  opportunity  to  work  with  experienced  facilitators  and  to  learn  by  doing  seems  to  me  an  extraordinary  opportunity,  for  which  I  thank  my  colleague  Doina  Bordeianu,  who  has  been  with  me  and  guided  me  all  the  time  with  valuable  advice.  I wish  that  in  the  future  I  can  share  the  experience  gained  with  as  many  participants  as  possible  and  grow  professionally  with  them.” – commented Aliona when she received the accreditation. The workshop content was developed based on version 3 of “Civic Education and Voter Information” Module. The facilitators tailored them to the needs of the participants which had a basic electoral background, but a good experience in organizing various activities of community interest. All participants felt able to share their views and contribute in full BRIDGE spirit. They got excited and willing to become focal points for civic education in their localities. As follow up activities, the librarians should design and organize a civic education activity for their readers and promote the new CCET E-learning course „I elect my Parliament in 60 minutes”. According to the evaluation made by the participants and the facilitators, the trainings represented a success. Participants have highly appreciated the BRIDGE methodology and the presented topics. The training received many positive feedbacks. Some of them are: It was very interesting, dynamic, and funny but working atmosphere. This is the merit of the facilitators first of all and of course of the participants!   Before the seminar I couldn’t thought that there is so much to discuss about civic education and voter information   I learned a lot and had a great communication and useful exchange of experience with my colleagues.   When I return home, I will put in place a new modern library service „The small citizen’s club” These BRIDGE workshops are the result of a partnership established between CCET and the Association of Librarians of the Republic of Moldova with the aim to involve the existing network of libraries and librarians in conducting the civic education activities. The trainings were organized in the framework of the citizens’ education and information campaign “Democracy Counts” by the CCET in partnership with the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova (CEC), carried out under the “Strengthening democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections” project implemented by UNDP Moldova. […]
June 21, 2018

First BRIDGE workshop in Kyrgyzstan, Disability and Gender in Elections June 2018

First ever BRIDGE workshop in Kyrgyzstan: election stakeholders learn about the rights of persons with disabilities and gender aspects of electoral process On 31 May -2 June IFES Kyrgyzstan with financial support of USAID and in cooperation with Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz State Registration Service (SRS) held BRIDGE Disability Rights and Gender in Elections workshop. The workshop became the learning and discussion platform for the twenty-one participants (15 female, 6 male), coming from IFES, CEC, SRS, civil society organizations defenders of the rights of persons with disabilities and women. It was the first time when BRIDGE has been organized in the country. Selection of the rights of persons with disability and gender and elections modules for the first national BRIDGE workshop came in respond to the electoral stakeholders’ requests and demonstrates their readiness to have an open and constructive dialog and cooperation. The workshop conducted by the head of IFES Kyrgyzstan office, Renata Levovski and Pavel Cabacenco, accrediting BRIDGE facilitator was focused on the human rights terminology, main approaches and concepts of the inclusion of persons with disabilities and women in electoral process, international standards and best practices in creation of the inclusive environment throughout the electoral cycle. At the simulation exercise, participants had a chance to see and feel themselves what an inaccessible polling station is, leave through the limitations of persons with disabilities during the Election Day. Participants highly appreciated the workshop and facilitation style. They mentioned that the workshop helped them understand better and see in different light necessity to insure accessibility of electoral process for persons with disabilities and women. Representatives of the different state and civil society organizations built a common ground for further cooperation, which will allow making electoral process in Kyrgyzstan more […]
June 21, 2018

International IDEA hosts TtF in Stockholm, May- June 2018

From May 21 to June 1, 15 participants attended the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop organized by International IDEA in Stockholm, Sweden. Through the Electoral Processes impact area, International IDEA supports the integrity of electoral institutions and processes worldwide. One of the focus areas is the capacity of electoral authorities to implement their mandate. The BRIDGE project represents an important vehicle for this capacity building work. The aim of this TtF workshop was to raise the capacity of International IDEA, BRIDGE partners (AEC, IFES, UNDP, UNEAD) and a select number of EMBs to facilitate BRIDGE courses globally, regionally or nationally. This ten-day intensive workshop, which is integral to the BRIDGE program, uses a ‘train the trainer’ model and aims at enhancing the knowledge about the BRIDGE methodology and materials and the facilitation skills of potential facilitators. After completing the workshop, participants expressed that they had lived a very positive and self-reflective experience. They also spoke of the TtF as a contributing factor to their long term professional development. The facilitation team was formed by lead facilitator Virginia Beramendi (Accrediting Facilitator), Alistair Legge (Accrediting Facilitator), Lourdes González Prieto (Accrediting Facilitator) and Sara Staino (Workshop Facilitator). This TtF workshop was particularly special as participants were given the opportunity to contribute to the enhancement of the TtF BRIDGE module by providing feedback to the facilitators as they conducted the activities. An updated version 3 of this module will be ready by the end of 2018. […]
June 20, 2018

Voter and Civic Education Workshop, Kenya, April 2018

“Wonderful Training…it has taken me to another level!”” was how one participant described the BRIDGE workshop on voter and civic education held from 18 to 20 April 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya.
May 22, 2018

Voter Registration BRIDGE Module in Mogadishu, May 2018

“Training awakened our eyes… it made us think carefully…we learned a lot.” This was how a participant of the three-day BRIDGE workshop on Voter Registration held in May from 14 to 17 2018 in Mogadishu, Somalia, described the workshop.
May 8, 2018

Access and Participation of persons with disabilties in Electoral Processes, April 2018

In most countries of the world, accessing electoral processes poses a serious challenge not only to Persons with Disability (PWDs) but other vulnerable groups in the society. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that there has been a global increase in the population of Persons with Disability (PWDs) from 10% to 15% representing a shift from about 600 million to 1 billion. Approximately 80% of these populations reside in low income environment or developing countries including Nigeria. It is therefore important to note that over 25-million Nigerians have at least one form of disability or the other out of which 15% are of voting age. This number is too large to neglect as it can influence the outcome of any election. In preparation for Nigeria’s general elections in 2019, a large capacity building workshop was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with support of the European Center for Election Support (ECES). Two simultaneous BRIDGE workshops on Access and Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Electoral Process were held in Calabar, Cross River State Nigeria, from 23rd – 27th April, 2018. The objective of the workshop was to build capacities of the staff regarding inclusive electoral process and to widen participants’ knowledge in the field of their engagements with PWDs. It will also support and foster efforts made by the Electoral Commission in addressing – the issues of under-representation of PWDs in the electoral process. INEC promotes an inclusive electoral management by creating dedicated desk to cater for PWDs issues and is developing a Framework on Access and Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Electoral Process; a document to guide the commission on how to support PWDs throughout the electoral cycle as well as collaborating with Experts in PWDs issues, the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities which is the umbrella body of PWDs in Nigeria, other Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and CSOs. Therefore, the simultaneous BRIDGE workshops on Access and Participation of PWDs in the Electoral Process were aimed at strengthening the capacities of its desk officers with the view to be effective and coordinated in planning and conducting inclusive electoral process. The facilitating teams were led by International facilitators Rindai Chipfunde Vava of Zimbabwe and Emmanuel Kawishe of Tanzania supported by high level national facilitators led by Lakunuya Dorothy Bello Deputy Director and Head of Civil Society Organizations Liaison Division of INEC Voter Education Department, Dorathy Inyang, Assistant Director (Designs) INEC Voter Education Department, Kelechi Maduneme and Nnenna Ihijirika both Assistant Directors of INEC Directorate of Administration. The importance of promoting access in the electoral process, legality of participation by all either as voters or to be voted for as well as strategies to ensure barriers to participation whether legal based, attitudinal or procedural to eliminate these factors hindering access with a view to actualizing an all-inclusive electoral process were discussed during the workshop. On the last day participants drew strategy plans of engagement and collaboration with other stakeholders to achieving inclusive and credible election. The 50 participants who attended the BRIDGE workshop acquired a wealth of knowledge, information, skills and strategies that will enable the organization make positive impact in assisting the PWDs access the electoral processes in Nigeria. We deeply appreciate ECES and European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Component 1 and the team that made the workshop a huge success. However, it is a collective responsibility of all involved to ensure that PWDs and other vulnerable groups access the electoral processes without any impediments or limitations irrespective of their disability, as participation in public life is a right and not a privilege. We have a responsibility to make it happen. By Lakunuya Dorothy Bello. […]
May 7, 2018

Customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights, Suva, Fiji 17 -19 April

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), in conjunction with the European Union (EU), and as part of the C3-Fiji Project, conducted a 3-day customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights for Fiji-based CSOs in Suva, Fiji, on 17 – 19 April 2018. The C3 (Citizens-Constitution-Consolidation) Project – Fiji, titled ‘Upholding Citizen’s Constitutional Rights for Democratic Consolidation in Fiji’ operates from February 2018 to January 2020 with an outcome of ‘an enhanced capacity of civil society organisations to increase citizen’s understanding of their constitutional rights and to facilitate engagement with government and elected representatives.’ International IDEA has a role to ‘facilitate mutual working relationships amongst these stakeholders and provide knowledge resources on elections and democracy.’ This BRIDGE training workshop was the inaugural event to this end, involving the four project CSO partner organisations – Citizen’s Constitutional Forum (CCF), Dialogue Fiji (DF), Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) and Media Watch group (MWG) – together with other Fiji-based CSOs and CBOs involved in the Project. The workshop followed the official launch of the C3 Project by the EU Ambassador to Fiji, Mr Julian Wilson, on the morning of Tuesday 17 April at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel. Also officiating at the launch were Ms Leena Rikkila Tamang (Asia and the Pacific Regional Director, IDEA), Mr Adhy Aman (Fiji Country Programme Manager, IDEA), and representing the C3 CSO co-implementers, Mrs Florence Swamy (PCP, Fiji). The aim of the workshop was to inform and educate participants about the principles of electoral system design and operation and the fundamental precepts of constitutional rights and the rights-based approach. Topics covered from the BRIDGE curriculum included defining electoral systems (Version 3), the underlying principles and different types of electoral systems, the electoral cycle, electoral law (both domestic and international, including international obligations and covenants), access and political rights, electoral observation and electoral complaints, disputes and resolutions. Using BRIDGE methodology, the Fijian situation was examined and discussed for each topic covered, with content customised accordingly. The workshop was facilitated by Brian Latham (consultant, Australia), Hamidan Bibi (consultant, Fiji) and Ana Mataiciwa (Fijian Elections Office, Fiji). Evaluation from the 20-25 participants was overall very positive, with all areas covered being well-received in terms of interest, understanding and the BRIDGE methodology. There appeared to be a greater appreciation of the role of the FEO in the full electoral process and an understanding that the FEO has to work within the electoral law. Some miss-held perceptions were also corrected through group discussion and individual responses. There were numerous requests for further/extended workshops, to be more engaged with the FEO, further educating CSOs particularly on the finer details of the Fijian Electoral system, especially examining the process of transferring votes into seats. There was a general feeling amongst the group that the knowledge learned in the workshop could be successfully translated to other NGO groups and individuals to better inform recipients, to further break down any level of ignorance currently existing. Caroline Valette (EU) joined the workshop for much of the final day, contributing valuably with her expertise and experience and awarding participants with their BRIDGE Certificate of Completion. […]
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 EMPOWERMENT & EQUALITY IN SWAZILAND (SWEES) supported by the European Union. The Swaziland Elections Support Network (SESN) under the auspices of the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland (CANGO) is implementing a project titled SUPPORTING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT & EQUALITY IN SWAZILAND (SWEES) supported by the European Union. The main objective of the project is to contribute to the realization of an enabling environment for the protection and promotion of human rights, with specific focus on political, social, economic and cultural rights of women and girls in Swaziland. As part of the activities of the project, CANGO plans to deploy a local observer electoral mission to observe the 2018 National elections of Swaziland. In view of this, CANGO conducted a 4 day Election Observation BRIDGE Modular Workshop at Sibabane Hotel, Ezulwini, Swaziland. The workshop brought together 44 participants of which 21 were male and 23 were female. These were drawn from community based organisations and the Electoral Boundary Commission as well as the CANGO secretariat. The workshop was conducted by Rindai Chipfunde Vava, an Accrediting BRIDGE Facilitator and Kundai Matenga a semi-accredited BRIDGE Facilitator. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge and skills on election observation and engaged participants on the role of domestic observers as well as discussed in detail the elements of the electoral cycle and the importance of monitoring all processes as well as complementing the electoral management body in processes such as voter education and voter mobilisation. The workshop was conducted using the adult- learning methodologies, hence was highly interactive and made use of energisers, group exercises, role plays, lectures and debates. This was done in order to keep the participants engaged, to draw from their own experiences and to contextualise the country’s electoral processes. Sessions on organising and facilitating trainings were also included in the agenda in the event that the participants were called upon to also train community-based observers. Participants expressed their gratitude for the training and highlighted that the methodology used to deliver the training simplified the concepts and kept them interested to learn more and actively participate in the training. The ultimate goal of the workshop was to create a database of well- trained election observers who will also be able to cascade their knowledge and skills to other community- based activists. […]
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 International IDEA with the support of the European Union. The workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacities of Paraguay’s electoral management body (EMB), the Superior Electoral Justice Tribunal (Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral in Spanish), and was inaugurated by Justice María Elena Wapenka, member of the Tribunal. A total of 18 participants took part in this 10-day course, of which 7 men and 11 women. This workshop was mainly addressed at key staff from Paraguay’s EMB, but a few representatives from civil society and international electoral assistance also had the opportunity to participate in this initiative. During this TtF, participants were introduced to the details of the BRIDGE training methodology, and they had the opportunity to develop their own training skills as they received constructive feedback from their colleagues and instructors in a collective and collaborative learning process. The facilitation team was formed by Lourdes González-Prieto, International IDEA Head of Programme in Paraguay; Sheila Serrano and Lluís Juan Rodríguez, International IDEA consultants; and Rosario Gamarra, expert from Peru’s EMB, the National Office of Electoral Processes (Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales in Spanish, ONPE). This TtF workshop was preceded by four BRIDGE module workshops held in Asuncion in October 2017, jointly organized by International IDEA and UNDP, with the support of the European Union, covering several topics, including gender and elections, access to the electoral processes and strategic planning. One of the main objectives of the TtF workshop held in February 2018 is to create the first team of BRIDGE national facilitators in the history of Paraguay, who will be able to spread this methodology throughout the different regions of the country during the post-electoral period. The national appropriation of the BRIDGE project is part of a long-term capacity building strategy put in place by International IDEA in Paraguay. SPANISH VERSION Fortaleciendo las capacidades del Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral en Paraguay a través de una Formación de Facilitadores BRIDGE Una Formación de Facilitadores (FdF) BRIDGE tuvo lugar en Asunción, Paraguay, del 8 al 21 de febrero 2018. Este taller, inaugurado por la ministra María Elena Wapenka, miembro del Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral (TSJE), fue organizado por IDEA Internacional con el apoyo de la Unión Europea, con el objetivo de fortalecer las capacidades del personal de la administración electoral paraguaya. Contó con la participación de 18 personas, de las cuales 7 fueron hombres y 11 mujeres. Aunque el taller estuvo principalmente dirigido a personal clave de la administración electoral, también se integraron algunos participantes de la sociedad civil y de la asistencia electoral internacional. Durante la FdF, los y las participantes se familiarizaron con la metodología de formación BRIDGE y tuvieron la oportunidad de desarrollar sus propias habilidades de formación al recibir retroalimentación constructiva por parte de sus colegas e instructores, en un proceso de aprendizaje colectivo y colaborativo. El equipo de facilitación estuvo conformado por Lourdes González-Prieto, directora del Programa Paraguay de IDEA Internacional; Sheila Serrano y Lluís Juan Rodríguez, consultores de IDEA Internacional; y Rosario Gamarra, experta de la Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE) de Perú. Esta FdF fue precedida por cuatro talleres modulares que fueron organizados en octubre de 2017 en Asunción de manera conjunta por IDEA Internacional y el PNUD, con el apoyo de la Unión Europea. Dichos talleres cubrieron las temáticas de género y elecciones, acceso al proceso electoral y planificación estratégica. Con la FdF de febrero de 2018, se busca crear el primer equipo de facilitación nacional de BRIDGE en la historia de Paraguay, capaz de profundizar esta metodología y llevarla a diferentes regiones del país durante el período post-electoral, a través de la organización de talleres modulares en varios departamentos. La apropiación nacional del proyecto BRIDGE en Paraguay forma parte de una amplia estrategia fortalecimiento de capacidades en materia electoral a largo plazo que ha puesto en marcha IDEA Internacional. {gallery} […]
March 19, 2018

IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center Conducts Electoral Systems Workshop

IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID, UKAID and Global Affairs Canada conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Electoral Systems. IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID, UKAID and Global Affairs Canada conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Electoral Systems. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge on characteristics of all electoral systems’ families and then to make thorough analysis of each electoral system. The workshop was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 13-15, 2018 and hosted by the joint IFES-CEC Administrative Center for the Training of Election Process Participants. The workshop was held in Ukrainian language and was facilitated by BRIDGE workshop-level facilitators Evgeniy Krikopolo, Oleh Hryshyn and TTF Completed facilitators Alyona Sheshenia. Twenty-six participants from the CEC and CSOs of Ukraine attended the workshop (out of which eleven were male and fifteen female). ​Some of the start-up activities created the basis of understanding principles of electoral systems that later led to analyzing electoral systems within each family: Participants were asked to prioritize Electoral System principles based on their own understanding without reference to a particular country which later on, while analyzing each electoral system principles, led to the discussion that each electoral system can offer specific priorities. Participants were explained the principle of representation and its different forms. This session content, later on while analyzing each electoral system principles, led to the discussion, what type of representation can offer the electoral system (in natural way – without reserving the seats). Another start-up session focused on Electoral System three elements, the content of which was used throughout the whole workshop, in order to characterize electoral systems. For visibility and summary, in parallel to explanation of the systems, facilitators were sorting the systems into a) District Magnitude: MMD vs. SMD; b) Ballot Structure: Categorical vs. Preferential; Party vs. Candidate oriented; c) Electoral Formula: Relative Majority vs. Absolute Majority vs. Proportional to the share of votes. All sessions on technical understanding of systems were highly interactive and enabled participants to try all types of electoral systems in practice. Participants had the opportunity to try themselves in the role of voters, candidates and as well as counting officials, which ensured better understanding of voting and counting systems of each electoral system. One of the sessions was devoted to selecting the best variant of electoral system with open lists for Ukraine. For this used infographics that showed how would have changed the results of parliamentary elections in 2014 in Ukraine if been used different versions of the electoral system with open lists, including the Dutch model, Polish model, Czech model, Estonian model and the Swedish model. This session was very interesting for the participants in light of the relevance of the reform of the electoral system in Ukraine. That helped to combine a theoretical knowledge of international experience with the Ukrainian political and socio-economic factors. Also, one session was devoted to modeling the results of the 2014 Parliamentary elections in Ukraine under the MMP system. This session helped to clearly see the difference between the parallel system which is currently used in Ukraine and the MMP system. The participants themselves figured out how the composition of the Ukrainian Parliament would change under this electoral system and what impact this could have on politics. On the last day, participants were tasked to analyze which system is the most fair; also to design electoral system based on the provided circumstances, where the participants designed the system based on the social and political circumstances of the country “x”. Another major focus of the workshop was understanding of gender representation within the presented Electoral systems, also measures to increase women representation in an electoral system that does not favor representation of women naturally. Major achievement of the workshop was that participants agreed that reforming the electoral system is a very important and sensitive issue, and therefore requires a balanced approach. Participants throughout the workshop have expressed interest and actively engaged in all the activities. […]
March 13, 2018

Media and Elections Workshops in Zimbabwe

Group Harare BESTBRIDGE Media and Elections Module Workshops held in 3 Regions in Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare) 22 February – 04 March 2018 (3 Workshops) In preparation for the upcoming General Elections in Zimbabwe in 2018, a joint collaboration was established between Transparency, Responsiveness, Accountability and Civic Engagement (TRACE), Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with the aim of building capacity of various electoral stakeholders in Zimbabwe in order to ensure that the officials have the essential and necessary skills and expertise to develop and implement strategies that will ensure that free, fair and credible elections are carried out efficiently with each of the stakeholders playing their roles effectively to ensure that the citizens of Zimbabwe are well-informed on their rights and all matters pertaining to electoral processes and in turn without fear are able to exercise those rights and participate fully in democracy of their country while holding the EMB executive and government accountable. Subsequent to the success of BRIDGE workshops that were conducted in October – November 2017 on Civic Education and Voter Information in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare it was recommended and decided that more BRIDGE workshops on various topics should be conducted in order to achieve the afore-mentioned objectives and to ensure that diverse groups of electoral stakeholders benefit from this important project. TRACE in conjunction with ZESN and IFES organised a Media and Elections workshops from 22 February – 04 March 2018, in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare. DAI International provided the funding for the project. The workshops were held at the following venues: Harare: Wildgeese Hotel (22 – 24 February 2018) Bulawayo: Holiday Inn (26 – 28 February 2018) Mutare: Holiday Inn (02 – 04 March 2018) One hundred and four participants (65% Males, 35% Females) who were selected from various Media houses, Civil Society organisations and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) attended the workshop. The course served as an insight into the intricacies of media coverage of elections using the main strategies viz. Editorial Coverage, Direct Access and Public Outreach Campaigns. It also explored the importance of the relationship between the Media and ZEC. This also created a great opportunity to discuss matters for consideration and incorporation of special electoral stakeholder’s issues in the operational and strategic plans of the different organisations. This course therefore, enabled participants to identify barriers that women and other disadvantaged groups (People with disabilities (PWDs), Displaced people and minority parties) face in fully accessing the electoral processes and identify areas of improvement and discuss and recommend the necessary mechanisms to ensure participation by these groups and address the issues of apathy amongst the youth. The intention was also to establish the progress made by the different stakeholders in ensuring the enhancement and promotion of democracy in Zimbabwe and incorporate their ideas into long and short-term strategic plan within the Electoral Cycle as the country is gearing for the General Elections likely to be held in July/August of 2018. Three BRIDGE facilitators (2 Females and 1 Male) all Accrediting, participated in the delivery of the course: Sibongile Zimemo (Female); (Consultant; South Africa) Rindai Chipfunde-Vava (Female):(Director; ZESN–Zimbabwe) Zefanias Matsimbe (Male);(Consultant; Mozambique) The facilitators provided comparative studies and experiences of different countries in which they were involved in providing capacity building programs on this module and in the electoral process in general. The local facilitator provided her extensive knowledge of the Zimbabwe context. Electoral laws and Regulations pertaining to Media and Elections, strategies and best practices from the different countries were explored as well as the roles and relationships of various electoral stakeholders and relationships between the EMBs and Media in various countries. A positive environment and good spirit was maintained throughout the workshop by the facilitators and participants alike. Everyone contributed to the best of their abilities. This workshop also provided an opportunity for Kundai Matenga (BRIDGE TtF Complete) to commence her fieldwork on her path to accreditation. Kundai exhibited commitment, dedication and outstanding performance. Due to the amount of time and limited number of sessions conducted, she will be afforded another opportunity to facilitate in other BRIDGE workshops in the near future in order to ensure that she meets the requirements to proceed to the next level of Workshop Facilitator. Some comments from the participants on what they take away from the workshop…. “That cooperation between the Media and ZEC will be good for the nation” Lee Mangena “Media is necessary during elections as it acts as a watchdog in providing the public with information about the electoral process” Thamsanqa “ I have realized that only through well co-ordinated efforts can effective systems in elections be built and achieved. I have gained hope altogether” Abigale Mupambi “ The regulations governing the media and the EMBs during the electoral periods including the international legislature, also the importance of closing the communication vacuum to reduce the spreading of fake news” Blondie Ndebele “ Thanks for the good work” Flata Kavinga The participants expressed their gratitude for the well-organised workshops and professionalism of the facilitators and the knowledge they acquired. Thanking everyone for the sterling work, which contributed tremendously to the success of the workshops. Well done Kundai! Thanking the sponsors and organisers of the workshops for a well-organised programme. Wishing all of you everything of the best in your endeavours. […]
February 14, 2018

PIANZEA BRIDGE workshop on Strategic Planning

On 6-7 February 2018 On 6-7 February 2018, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network (PIANZEA) delivered a two-day BRIDGE workshop on strategic planning for 23 participants in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The participants came from 14 PIANZEA member Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) spread throughout the region, including: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea/Bougainville, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. The strategic planning module aims develop more effective long-term planning for elections and hence elections with greater integrity. The two day workshop introduced participants to the value and benefits of strategic planning and discussed why some EMBs fail to plan and the consequences therein. The workshop also provided an overview of the strategic planning cycle and the steps involved. Participants were encouraged to understand and apply those steps to their own contexts. Most participants were senior managers from their respective EMBs, which demonstrates the network’s commitment and interest in this key topic. The facilitators for the workshop were Mr Jiv Sekhon, Australian Electoral Commission (AEC); Mr Desmond Tsianai, Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner (OBEC); and Ms Vake Blake, Tonga Electoral Commission (TEC). The team was excited to utilise the updated strategic planning module recently released as part of the Version 3 BRIDGE curriculum update process. Additionally, Mr Desmond Tsianai was accredited as a workshop level BRIDGE facilitator at the end of the program. Participants at the workshop appreciated the introduction to strategic planning concepts and the methodology introduced, as well as the opportunity to discuss electoral issues and planning with fellow EMBs from across the region. Some feedback from participants included: Thank you for your sharing and I learn a lot from this training Learning about the planning cycle is a more orderly way to plan I learnt a lot on planning ‘If I fail to plan then I plan to fail’ Excellent knowledge and skill set to watch the connectivities of planning and action plans. Great workshop! Reinforces knowledge and experience – applicable to all aspects of planning. Thank you – great effort! The PIANZEA Network will continue to support delivery of BRIDGE workshops for members over the coming year with sub-regional workshops planned for respective EMBs. As always, facilitators are identified from within the PIANZEA network thereby building the capacity of EMBs in the network. The AEC currently serves as the Secretariat for the PIANZEA network and is generously supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in administering a multi-year program of capacity building for PIANZEA EMBs, including BRIDGE training. […]
February 13, 2018

UNDP Funded BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Dispute Resolution in Luanda

a three-day BRIDGE workshop, from 13th to 15th December 2017 The Angolan Institute for Electoral Systems and Democracy (IASED) in partnership with the Angolan National Electoral Commission (CNE) conducted a three-day BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Disputes Resolution, from 13th to 15th December 2017, in Luanda, Angola, thanks to the generous funding from UNDP Angola. The workshop was attended by 27 participants drawn from different Angolan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), CNE staff from provincial and municipality branches, Political Parties, and Government. This workshop aimed to address some of the challenges identified in the General Elections held on the 23rd of August 2017 and draw lessons for future electoral processes in the country. The workshop also aimed to enable three national BRIDGE facilitators to move to the next level (Accrediting Facilitator) and provide Angola with capacity to train and accredit other national BRIDGE facilitators without a need for international assistance. Four facilitators delivered the workshop, namely: Miguel Ganga, Workshop facilitator, CNE, Angola (Lead Facilitator) Celestino Setucula, Workshop facilitator, IASED, Angola; Luís Jimbo, Workshop facilitator, IASED, Angola; Zefanias Matsimbe, Accrediting facilitator, Consultant, Mozambique.The workshop covered the following topics: Election disputes – how do they arise and how to deal with them; Standards and principles in electoral disputes resolution; Fairness and accessibility; Conflict management skills; The role of an EMB in conflict management; Potential electoral disputes resolution mechanisms.The course was preceded by two days of preparation, from 11th to 12th December 2017, during which the four facilitators undertook agenda drafting, selection of the contents, compiling of materials and resources, as well as addressing logistical issues. From the feedback received, participants appreciated the workshop in terms of the content delivered, training methodology and facilitation techniques. They described it as a very useful training because it helped to clarify some of the aspects related to the disputes that have characterised Angolan electoral processes in the past. Participants called for the holding of similar workshops in the near future throughout the country involving people in the decision making positions like the commissioners and members of the parliament and leaders of political parties, because these are the actors who have been directly involved in electoral disputes. Participants also recommended the need for the organisers to increase the number of days of training to at least five. Upon successful completion of the course, the 27 participants received certificates of completion from the hands of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Angola, Dr Pier Paolo Balladelli. In his closing remarks, after congratulating the participants for the successful completion, Dr Balladelli highlighted the importance of these trainings for professional development of electoral stakeholders, an important condition for a more credible and sustainable democracy in Angola and beyond. It should be recalled that, in its efforts to support the strengthening of democracy in the country, UNDP Angola provided tremendous support to the August electoral process; UNDP Angola funded three BRIDGE trainings on civic and electoral education, electoral observation and gender and elections. For more on the closing ceremony and UNDP support you can follow this link http://www.ao.undp.org/content/angola/en/home/presscenter/articles/2017/12/15/mais-angolanos-s-o-formados-no-mbito-do-bridge-p-s-eleitoral-/. […]
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 and with financial support USAID, Global Affairs Canada and the UK government conductes a three-day workshop on Electoral training using the BRIDGE curriculum. This BRIDGE module was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, and hosted by the joint IFES-CEC Administrative Center for the Training of Election Process Participants. The event gathered 25 participants (out of which 12 were male and 13 female), including representatives of the CEC Secretatiat and the State Register of Voters, trainers that have experience in organizing and conducting electoral trainings. The workshop was held in the Ukrainian language and was conducted by workshop-level facilitators Alyona Dolya and semi-accredited facilitators Alyona Sheshenya and Mykhailo Gorkusha. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge and skills on planning and implementing the Electoral Operation Training Program. The workshop engaged participants on the concept of the training cycle; needs assessment procedures; various methodological approaches (such as cascade, simultaneous or mobile team model); logistics and budgeting of the training; operational plan preparation and its coordination with other departments; selection of trainers and development of training materials; monitoring and evaluation of the training program. Workshop was conducted in interactive way and included lectures and practical exercises in order to increase participants’ knowledge and skills about organizing of holding electoral trainings. Participants agreed on the importance of a proper planning and organization of trainings in the electoral sphere. Since all training materials are based on the electoral legislation, all participants stressed the need of adapting complex legislative language and developing user-friendly training materials, such as manuals and memos, for members of election commissions. All sessions were highly interactive and enabled participants to practice all steps of the training cycle. Participants had the opportunity to try themselves in the role of a training organizer during the “Make it happen” session, and developed their skills of planning and implementing training programs. The ultimate goal of the training was to change participants’ approach to implementing professional operational training programs and to provide them with theoretical and practical knowledge for future work in this sphere. […]
February 8, 2018

Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

Promoviendo procesos electorales inclusivos en Paraguay In the framework of a larger capacity building program, two simultaneous customized BRIDGE workshops on access and strategic planning were held in Asunción, Paraguay, from 18 to 20 October 2017. These trainings were organized by International IDEA and UNDP, in partnership with Paraguay’s Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSJE for its acronym in Spanish), and with the support of the European Union. The main goal of this initiative was to strengthen institutional capacities regarding the participation of under-represented groups in the electoral process, as well as to offer participants concrete tools for an enhanced planning process in this regard. Participants mostly included electoral staff and civil society representatives. The main reason for addressing the importance of under-represented groups in elections through these trainings is to support and foster the efforts made by the Electoral Tribunal in promoting inclusive electoral management. Paraguay has developed an innovative accessible voting scheme for people with disabilities. Furthermore, the recently created Gender Policy Unit and the Political Participation Unit have developed initiatives to promote the participation of women and the youth, respectively. In the last months, the Electoral Tribunal has also supported the inclusion of indigenous people in the voter list, in partnership with civil society organizations. Considering this, the simultaneous BRIDGE workshops on access and strategic planning were aimed at strengthening the capacities of electoral staff in charge of these initiatives, both as a general reflection on the need for inclusive electoral management and to promote an effective and coordinated planning of these processes. In these trainings, the facilitation teams were composed by the following BRIDGE facilitators: Lourdes González-Prieto, Head of International IDEA Paraguay Programme; Fernanda Lopes Abreu, UNDP Electoral and Democratic Governance Expert; Sheila Serrano and Lluís Juan Rodríguez, International IDEA consultants; and Rosario Gamarra, from Peru’s Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE). Following this experience, Rosario Gamarra received her accreditation as a workshop facilitator. During the workshops, participants discussed on the importance of promoting access in electoral processes and expanding human rights for all, including political participation rights. Also, participants analyzed the obstacles to an effective participation that specific under-represented groups often face, including youth, women, people with disabilities and indigenous peoples, as well as the strategies that EMBs and other electoral stakeholders can put in place to overcome these barriers. The last day of the workshop was dedicated to strategic planning and participants had the opportunity to explore the mission, vision and principles of their own organization and to develop strategic plans to foster the participation of these groups through inclusive election management. In the words of one participant: “It is so obvious that working with these groups is so important, and yet they often become invisible and silenced. It is high time we started thinking of elections as a right for everybody. Democracy can only work if human rights are for all”. ES Promoviendo procesos electorales inclusivos en Paraguay En el marco de un programa de desarrollo de capacidades más amplio, dos talleres BRIDGE adaptados sobre acceso y planificación estratégica tuvieron lugar de manera simultánea en Asunción, Paraguay, del 18 al 20 de octubre de 2017. Estas formaciones fueron organizadas por IDEA Internacional y el PNUD, en colaboración con el Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral (TSJE) de Paraguay, y con el apoyo de la Unión Europea. El objetivo principal de esta iniciativa fue fortalecer las capacidades del TSJE en materia de participación de grupos sub-representados en el proceso electoral, así como ofrecer herramientas concretas para mejorar los procesos de planificación en este ámbito. El grupo contó con la participación de personal de diferentes direcciones del TSJE y de representantes de la sociedad civil. La razón principal para abordar la importancia de los grupos sub-representados en las elecciones a través de estas formaciones fue la de apoyar y potenciar los esfuerzos realizados por la Justicia Electoral de Paraguay para promover una administración electoral inclusiva. El TSJE de Paraguay ha desarrollado un esquema innovador de voto accesible para personas con discapacidad. Además, las recientemente creadas Unidad de Política de Género y Unidad de Participación Política han llevado a cabo iniciativas para promover la participación de las mujeres y de las juventudes, respectivamente. En los últimos meses, la Justicia Electoral, en colaboración con la sociedad civil, también puso en práctica una campaña destina a promover la inclusión de personas indígenas en el padrón electoral. Teniendo en cuenta todo esto, los talleres simultáneos BRIDGE sobre acceso y planificaci; Fernanda Lopes Abreu, l Programa de IDEA Internacional en PAraguay,novador de voto accesible para personas con discapacidadlanón estratégica estuvieron dirigidos a fortalecer las capacidades del personal de la Justicia Electoral responsable de estas iniciativas, reflexionando sobre la necesidad de fomentar una óptica de inclusión desde la administración electoral y de promover una planificación efectiva y coordinada de estos procesos. En estas formaciones, los equipos de facilitación estuvieron compuestos por las siguientes personas: Lourdes González-Prieto, directora del Programa de IDEA Internacional en Paraguay; Fernanda Lopes Abreu, experta en Elecciones y Gobernabilidad Democrática del PNUD; Sheila Serrano y Lluís Juan Rodríguez, consultores de IDEA Internacional; y Rosario Gamarra, experta de la Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE) del Perú. A raíz de esta experiencia formativa, Rosario Gamarra recibió su acreditación como facilitadora de taller BRIDGE. Durante las capacitaciones, se discutió sobre la importancia de promover el acceso en los procesos electorales y ampliar los derechos humanos para todos, incluidos los derechos de participación política. Además, se analizaron los obstáculos a la participación efectiva de grupos sub-representados específicos, como la juventud, las mujeres, las personas con discapacidad y los pueblos originarios, así como las estrategias que los organismos electorales y otros actores pueden poner en práctica para superar estas barreras. El último día de los talleres se dedicó a la planificación estratégica; las y los participantes tuvieron la oportunidad de explorar la misión, visión y principios de su propia organización y de desarrollar planes estratégicos para fomentar la participación de estos grupos a través de una administración electoral inclusiva. En las palabras de una participante: “Es tan evidente que trabajar con estos grupos es importante, y aun así son a menudo invisibilizados y silenciados. Es hora de que empecemos a pensar en las elecciones como un derecho para todo el mundo. La democracia solo puede funcionar si los derechos humanos son para todos”. […]
February 2, 2018

Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management

para1Apoyando la igualdad de género en Paraguay a través de la administración electoral Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management Two simultaneous BRIDGE workshops on gender and elections took place in Asunción, Paraguay, from 11 to 13 October 2017. These trainings were organized by International IDEA and UNDP, in partnership with the Electoral Tribunal of Paraguay, and with the support of the European Union. These workshops were aimed at strengthening the capacities of EMB staff and consolidating an institutional culture engaged with equality between men and women in the electoral process. The trainings were mainly addressed to electoral officials and civil society organizations. These were the first BRIDGE workshops ever organized in Paraguay and they took place in the framework of a larger capacity building program for electoral management planned by International IDEA, with the support of the European Union. Moreover, the selection of gender equality as the main topic of the workshops is enrooted in the efforts made by the Electoral Tribunal to promote women’s participation in politics and mainstream gender equality into electoral management. The Gender Policy Unit, created during the first semester of 2017, aims at integrating the gender approach into the EMB’s daily work, and to do so, it is necessary to build internal capacities, sensitizing and training electoral administrators on this issue. The facilitation teams for both simultaneous workshops included the following facilitators: Lourdes González-Prieto, Head of International IDEA’s Paraguay Programme; Aleida Ferreyra, UNDP’s Electoral Policy Specialist; Sheila Serrano and Lluís Juan Rodríguez, International IDEA’s consultants; and Rosario Gamarra, from Peru’s Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE). During the workshops, participants got familiar with gender definitions and discussed the involvement of EMBs and other electoral stakeholders in the promotion of gender equality, the gender dimension of the electoral cycle, voter education strategies to foster women’s political participation, women’s participation in political parties, gender quotas’ effectiveness in relation to electoral systems and many other related topics. The contents debated during the training allowed participants to have a clear view of the obstacles to women’s participation and of the possible strategies to overcome these barriers. Furthermore, participants reflected on the importance of gender equality and how to integrate this democratic principle into their electoral management work. According to the words of one participant: “After the first day of the training, I spent the evening looking for information in the Internet, and I realized that what you taught us is right: gender equality is for everybody, men and women, and not only for women. We should all make sure that we promote equality through our daily work”. ES Apoyando la igualdad de género en Paraguay a través de la administración electoral Dos talleres BRIDGE sobre género y elecciones tuvieron lugar de manera simultánea en Asunción, Paraguay, del 11 al 13 de octubre de 2017. Estas formaciones fueron organizadas por IDEA Internacional y el PNUD, en colaboración con el Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral del Paraguay y con el apoyo de la Unión Europea. Los objetivos de esta iniciativa fueron fortalecer las habilidades profesionales del personal del organismo electoral y consolidar una cultura institucional comprometida con la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres en el proceso electoral. Las formaciones estaban dirigidas principalmente al personal de la Justicia Electoral, así como a representantes de la sociedad civil. Estas fueron las primeras formaciones BRIDGE organizadas en la historia de Paraguay y tuvieron lugar en el marco de un programa más amplio de fortalecimiento de capacidades de la administración electoral puesto en práctica por IDEA Internacional, con el apoyo de la Unión Europea. Además, la elección de la temática de la igualdad de género tiene su origen en los esfuerzos realizados por la Justicia Electoral para promover la participación política de las mujeres e introducir la perspectiva de género de manera transversal en la gestión electoral. La Unidad de Políticas de Género, creada durante el primer semestre de 2017, tiene por objetivo integrar el enfoque de género en el trabajo diario de la administración electoral, y para ello resulta indispensable fortalecer las capacidades internas, a través de la sensibilización y la formación del personal de la Justicia Electoral en este ámbito. Los equipos de facilitación para ambos talleres simultáneos incluyeron a las siguientes personas: Lourdes González-Prieto, directora del Programa de IDEA Internacional en Paraguay; Aleida Ferreyra, especialista en Política Electoral del PNUD; Sheila Serrano y Lluís Juan Rodríguez, consultores de IDEA Internacional; y Rosario Gamarra, experta de la Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE) de Perú. Durante los talleres, se abordaron las definiciones de género y se debatió sobre el rol de los organismos electorales y otros actores electorales en la promoción de la igualdad de género, la perspectiva de género en el ciclo electoral, estrategias de educación electoral para promover la participación política de las mujeres, la participación de las mujeres en los partidos políticos y la efectividad de las cuotas de género con relación a los sistemas electorales. Los contenidos tratados durante la formación permitieron a las y los participantes tener una idea más clara sobre la importancia de la igualdad de género y sobre cómo integrar este principio democrático en el trabajo de la administración electoral. Según las palabras de un participante: “Tras el primer día de formación, pasé la tarde investigando en internet, y llegué a la conclusión de que lo que nos enseñaron es verdad: la igualdad de género es para todos, hombres y mujeres, y no solo para mujeres. Todos deberíamos asegurarnos de promover la igualdad en nuestro trabajo diario”. […]
January 31, 2018

IFES Implements Election Administration & Management BRIDGE Training

August 30 and 31, 2017 IFES BRIDGE facilitators implemented a two-day Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Election Administration and Management workshop for 20 people on August 30 and 31, 2017. The training was attended by 15 IFES headquarters staff, as well as representatives from Elections Canada, International IDEA, US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Elections Assistance Division (UNEAD). IFES offers periodic BRIDGE trainings for staff to provide an opportunity to increase their technical knowledge on topics related to IFES’ work, as well as to learn more about how BRIDGE can be used in support of IFES’ programs. IFES also invited external participants as a way to broaden the impact of the training, to promote connections between and among donors and implementers, and to bring a variety of perspectives to the training. The facilitators incorporated lessons learned from previous in-house BRIDGE trainings, minimizing the number of lectures and emphasizing iterative discussions. Interactive group activities allowed facilitators and participants to approach the material from a practical and hands-on perspective, as well as provided participants a way to and learn from one another through leveraging the varied knowledge and skillsets in the group. The first day of the workshop focused primarily on the functions, structures, roles, and responsibilities of election management bodies (EMBs). As one of the most common and also most central stakeholders in an electoral process, EMBs often play a critical but not well-understood role in the success or failure of an electoral process. Topics addressed included types and responsibilities of EMBs, the roles of EMBs in election management and stakeholder engagement, civic education opportunities for EMBs, and ended with a group activity requiring participants to design an EMB for a fictional country. The second day of the training drilled down into a more detailed discussion of related election administration and management topics, including the electoral cycle and calendar, risk management and planning, and the importance of international networks of electoral practitioners. Although participants came from a variety of professional backgrounds and levels of experience ranging from two months to 20 years, the training enabled participants to learn from the material and from each other. More than 70% of participants indicated an increase in knowledge, and pre- and post-training test scores showed a marked increase in knowledge among most participants; all but one participant found the training to be either very or somewhat useful for their work needs. As one participant said, “I thought it was a great overview. I didn’t expect to do so much creative/interactive work and I loved it.” The workshop was organized and led by Rushdi Nackerdien (South Africa, accrediting facilitator), Ambar Zobairi (USA, fully-accredited facilitator), Eric Hodachok (USA, fully-accredited facilitator), and Suzanne Abdallah (USA, fully-accredited facilitator). […]
January 29, 2018

Introduction to Election Administration Module for League of Arab States

10 – 14 December, 2017 in Cairo – Egypt UNDP jointly with the League of Arab States (LAS) held a BRIDGE training workshop on Introduction to Election Administration from 10 – 14 December, 2017 in Cairo – Egypt. The workshop covered several phases within the electoral cycle; international elections obligations, types of EMB’s, boundary delimitation, electoral systems, electoral education, voter registration and technology and elections. The last two days focused on elections observation; background, observation throughout the electoral cycle, codes of conduct and observation reports. 25 participants from LAS and UNDP participated in the workshop. Five BRIDGE facilitators delivered the training module: Ossama Kamel – Accrediting facilitator Ahmed Amin – LAS Workshop facilitator Mohmoud Elshahat – LAS Workshop facilitator Hiba Merheb – LAS TtF complete facilitator Radhia Ben Hassine – LAS TtF complete facilitator By the end of the workshop, the two TtF complete facilitators received their accreditation as workshop facilitators. […]
January 14, 2018

Electoral Management Design Workshop in Luanda

6th to 8th December 2017 The UNDP Angola in partnership with the Angolan Institute for Electoral Systems and Democracy (IASED) and National Electoral Commission (CNE) organised a three-day BRIDGE Workshop on “Electoral Management Design” from 6th to 8th December 2017, in Luanda, Angola. The workshop was attended by 25 participants of Angolan national, drawn from the CNE at provincial and municipal levels, CSOS, political parties, government officials from Ministry of Territory Administration (the entity responsible for the conducting of voter registration). Funded by the UNDP Angola, the workshop is part of technical assistance that UNDP Angola has been providing for Angolan electoral stakeholders to promote a vibrant democracy in the country. In preparation for the 23rd of August 2017 General Elections UNDP Angola provided technical assistance for civic and voter education, national observation and women’s political participation to the CNE and to the Angolan Electoral Observatory (OBeA), a platform of over 50 Angolan CSOs. Building from the successful activities undertaken ahead of August 2017 polling, this workshop aimed to address some of the challenges identified in August and also to enable three nationals (BRIDGE Facilitators) to attain BRIDGE Accrediting level and provide Angola with capacity to train and accredit future BRIDGE trainees without a need for international BRIDGE experts. The workshop was delivered by four facilitators, namely: Luís Jimbo, Workshop facilitator, IASED, Angola (Lead Facilitator) Celestino Setucula, Workshop facilitator, IASED, Angola; Miguel Ganga, Workshop facilitator, CNE, Angola; Zefanias Matsimbe, Accrediting facilitator, Consultant, Mozambique; The workshop covered the following areas: Models and guiding principles of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs); Credibility matters and trust; Independence and EMB behaviour; Institutional culture; EMB and stakeholders; The sustainability and professionalism of an EMB; The role of an EMB in electoral reforms. The course was preceded by two days of preparation, from 4th to 5th December 2017, during which the four facilitators undertook agenda drafting, selection of the contents, compiling of materials and resources, as well as addressing logistical issues. The participants appreciated the training in terms of the content delivered, methodology and facilitation techniques applied by the facilitators. The training helped participants to understand their own EMB. Upon successful completion of the course, the 25 participants received certificates of completion from the hands of the Director of UNDP Angola, Henrik […]
January 3, 2018
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Media and HNEC BRIDGE workshop in Tunis

23rd to 26th of December 2017
January 2, 2018
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“Elections Management & Operations” BRIDGE Workshop

Beirut, 11 December 2017
December 21, 2017
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Introduction to Election Administration Module for League of Arab States

10 – 14 December, 2017 in Cairo – Egypt
December 19, 2017
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BRIDGE comes to the Federated States of Micronesia

3rd and 8th of December 2017
December 18, 2017
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India joins the BRIDGE family

2–3 November 2017
December 15, 2017
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ARTICLE DE LA FORMATION BRIDGE SUR LE MODULE : GENRE ET LES ELECTIONS

Kindia, du 01 AU 05 novembre 2017
December 12, 2017
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UNEAD, UNDP and OIC have organised a Gender and Elections workshop

The workshop was held during 10-12 October, 2017 at SESRIC headquarters, in Ankara, Turkey.
December 4, 2017
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Stockholm runs a workshop aimed at developing a new module

on 'The Financing and Budgeting of Elections'
November 22, 2017
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CIVIC EDUCATION AND VOTER INFORMATION WORKSHOP IN MUTARE

1 – 3 November 2017
November 15, 2017
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BRIDGE Civic Education and Voter Information Modules Workshop for Civil Society held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on 27–29 October 2017

November 15, 2017
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CIVIC AND VOTER INFORMATION (CVI) BRIDGE WORKSHOP IN HARARE

23-25 October 2017
November 1, 2017
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Boundary Delimitation module for Pakistan’s ECP

23 – 27 October, 2017 - Islamabad , Pakistan
October 25, 2017
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Legal framework for Pakistan’s ECP ahead of 2018 General Elections

16 – 20 October, 2017
October 19, 2017
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IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducted Gender and Elections workshop

October 10-12, 2017
October 19, 2017
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Gender Module for Pakistan’s ECP

from 11 – 13 October, 2017 in Islamabad – Pakistan
October 12, 2017
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IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducts a BRIDGE workshop

on Political Finance in September 2017
September 12, 2017
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Atelier de Lubumbashi, 28 août- 1er septembre 2017

September 12, 2017
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Atelier de Matadi : Article pour le site BRIDGE

14 et 18 août 2017
August 30, 2017
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ECP-UNDP jointly conduct training on Gender & Elections

9th to 11th August, 2017
August 9, 2017
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“Leveraging Electoral Training Facilities in Democracies”

an international consultative workshop in New Delhi from 24 to 25 July 2017
August 2, 2017
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La société civile tchadienne à l’école du BRIDGE

Une vingtaine de membres des organisations de la société civile du Tchad ont suivi du 10 au 14 juillet 2017 à l’hôtel Leadger Plaza de Ndjamena, une formation BRIDGE sur le module Education Civique.
August 1, 2017
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ATELIER BRIDGE ORGANISE PAR LE PNUD A L’INTENTION DES ACTEURS DU PROCESSUS ELECTORAL

17- 21 juillet 2017
July 28, 2017
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Formation BRIDGE Modulaire de renforcement des capacités des journalistes des médias privés

Hôtel Riviera Royal, du 18 au 22 juillet 2017 - Conakry-Guinée.
July 25, 2017
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IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducted Gender and Elections workshop

July 04-07, 2017
July 14, 2017
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BRIDGE Electoral Systems Module Workshop for the National Independent Electoral Commission of Somalia NIEC held in Nairobi, Kenya on 03 – 05 July 2017

July 7, 2017
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SALY, République du Sénégal du 27 juin au 1er juillet 2017

June 30, 2017
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Moldova: Enhancing awareness of electoral stakeholders on the gender perspective of different electoral systems

28 June, 2017 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
June 30, 2017
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BRIDGE Partner meeting held in New York

The 5 BRIDGE Partners met on the 28 June 2017
June 15, 2017
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BRIDGE on the shores of Lake Chad

April 3 -14, 25 representatives from the Chadian Constitutional Council, Electoral Commission, National Assembly and civil society organizations, committed to follow the 10-day BRIDGE training of trainers workshop.
June 7, 2017
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IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center conducts Electoral Systems’ workshop

Conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 23-25, 2017
June 7, 2017
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IFES Conducts BRIDGE Professional Development Training for JISIEC

On May 8-12, 2017, five (5) day BRIDGE Professional Development Training was organized for the Thirty Nine (39) Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission (JISIEC) staff.
May 30, 2017
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Article de la FDF BRIDGE — Kindia – Guinée

Du 08 au 19 Mai 2017
May 29, 2017
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Angola conducted a three-day workshop on Civic Education and Voter Information

The event was officially opened with the presence of the President of the National Electoral Commission
May 29, 2017
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ELECTORAL CONTESTANTS WORKSHOP IN LIBERIA

10 May to Saturday 14 May 2017 at the Palm Spring Resort
May 16, 2017
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BRIDGE INTRODUCED TO POLITICAL PARTIES IN HONDURAS

took place between 9 and 12 May, in the capital of the country
May 16, 2017
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The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) hosted and funded a BRIDGE Workshop

a Polling, Counting and Results module in Suva, Fiji
May 16, 2017
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IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training

at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine
May 12, 2017
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IFES CONDUCTS BRIDGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

For cross river state Independent Electoral Commission(CROSIEC) MEMBERS and Senior staff
May 12, 2017
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BRIDGE Professional Development Training

organised for the Nineteen (19) Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) staff
April 26, 2017
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Gender and Elections workshop ran in Islamabad

24 -25 March 2017
April 23, 2017
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IFES CONDUCTS BRIDGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

for the newly Appointed Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission members and staff
April 11, 2017
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BRIDGE Electoral Security Module Workshop held in Berea

in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho on 20 - 24 March 2017
April 11, 2017
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PNGEC in partnership with the AEC conducts two BRIDGE workshops

In the Central Province in PNG in March 2017
April 11, 2017
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ECP, IFES hold Boundary Delimitation workshop in Pakistan

Four-day BRIDGE workshop 18th to 22nd March, 2017
April 5, 2017
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INEC NIGERIA HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS (OPERATIONS)

UNDERGO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
April 3, 2017
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IFES Brings the BRIDGE Voter Registration Module to Zimbabwe

15 -17March 2017
April 3, 2017
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ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARIES OF INEC NIGERIA

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
March 23, 2017
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ARTICLE DE LA FORMATION BRIDGE SUR LE GENRE ET LES ELECTIONS

Du 13 AU 17 mars 2017 à Conakry
March 23, 2017
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Article pour le site BRIDGE

FDF de Bangui, 06-16 mars 2017

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