The workshop took place in Islamabad and was attended by members of provincial commissions and electoral administration officials from ECP.
BRIDGE Electoral Technologies workshop conducted for the senior election officials from Pakistan
From March 31 through April 3, 2014, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) made the headlines with a great second BRIDGE training on political finance held in the historic city of Sikasso, in southern Mali.
Twenty-three representatives from the Malagasy Electoral Commission
UN Women conducted a workshop with members of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Academy for International Development-Middle East (AIDME) is implementing a three year development project in the Middle East and North Africa region. The project entitled "Arab Women's Policy Center (WPC)" to be implemented jointly with six partner local organizations in six different countries in the MENA region (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen) during 2013-2016.
The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) of Iraq funded a customized BRIDGE workshop on Media and Elections for participants from mass media & Journalist enterprise. The workshop was conducted in Erbil from 7-9 April 2014.
UNDP Georgia, with financial assistance of EU and in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Georgia
UNDP/Georgia, with the financial assistance of EU and in partnership with Central Election Commission of Georgia and the Centre of Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Trainings, conducted 7-day BRIDGE workshop on Elections and Training.
Two workshops were conducted from 3-7 March and 10-13 March 2014 in Dili at the Joao Paulo II training centre in Rai Kotu
This BRIDGE workshop comes as a continuation of the ongoing cooperation between the United Nations' Department of Political Affairs represented by its Electoral Assistance Division (EAD) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
For the first time the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) of Iraq funded two BRIDGE workshops on electoral observation
As part of the Australian Government's longstanding support on governance to Tonga, funding has been provided to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and the Tongan Electoral Commission (TEC) to develop electoral education programs for use in schools and the Tongan community.
The Election Commission of Bhutan towards building a network of civic educators, engaged a network of people in the Bhutanese education system for delivery of Democracy Civic Education in the country.
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Rwanda in collaboration with the Governance team of One UN Rwanda, held the BRIDGE workshop on Contestants, Media and Elections for the Political parties and media practitioners during December 17-21, 2013, in Musanze, Rwanda.
UNDP Moldova Democracy Programme/Elections, in partnership with the Central Elections Commission of Moldova
The Republic of Malawi is fast approaching its May 2014 Tri-partite Elections. These elections mark another important moment for democratic progression in Malawi as the country has seen radical changes in its political landscape since its last election event.
Twenty four electoral administrators, civil society activists, Arab League members and UNDP staff gathered in Cairo for a 4-day regional BRIDGE Training on Gender and Elections, sponsored by UN Women, from the 1st till the 4th of December 2013.
The 'Preventing Electoral Violence in the SADC region' project, PEV-SADC (www.pev-sadc.eu) delivered a BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) Workshop in Windhoek, Namibia from 25 November to 6 December 2013.
Background-The United Nations Development Program’s Regional Center in Cairo (UNDP-RCC) sponsored a BRIDGE Scoping Mission to assess the training needs of the League of Arab States of BRIDGE training.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), on behalf of the PIANZEA Secretariat, conducted consecutive, identical BRIDGE workshops in Brisbane, Australia on 4-7 November 2013 and 11-14 November 2013.
"Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)"
In continued support of the regional electoral network,
Dans le cadre du Projet d’Appui à la Crédibilité et à la Transparence des Elections à Madagascar, PACTE (www.pacte-madagascar.eu) et du Projet Preventing Election-related Violence in SADC countries, PEV-SADC (www.pev-sadc.eu), sur financement de l’Union européenne, une formation modulaire BRIDGE sur l’ « observation électorale » adaptée au contexte malgache a eu lieu du 20 au 23 novembre 2013.
The modernization of the Moldovan electoral process and the institutional consolidation of the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova (CEC) have been supported by the UNDP Moldova Democracy Programme.
Sur financement de l’Union européenne, les projets PACTE - Projet d'Appui à la Crédibilité et à la Transparence des Elections à Madagascar (www.pacte-madagascar.eu) et PEV-SADC - Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community
The first BRIDGE Showcase for LAS took place at the headquarters of the LAS in Cairo – Egypt on November 06, 2013.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (ZESN) supported by international partner the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted a BRIDGE Civic Education Modular workshop from 06-08 November, 2013, in Kadoma District located in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe. The objectives of the workshop aimed at building capacity of the target audience to develop effective public outreach programmes.
Twenty four participants from Mozambican political Parties, Civil Society Organizations and Electoral Management Bodies attended the BRIDGE Training the Facilitator, in Maputo, from 14-25 October 2013.
Un double atelier de formation modulaire BRIDGE sur le « Genre et élections » s’est déroulé du 07 au 11 octobre 2013 à l’Hôtel Sarakawa dans la ville de Lomé ; capitale de la République du Togo.
UNDP Liberia Electoral Cycle Support Project, upon request by the chairman of the National Elections Commission of Liberia, organized BRIDGE workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration. The purpose of the workshop was to provide new Commissioners and senior officials of NEC with general knowledge on electoral issues, and opportunity to discuss current challenges for upcoming Senatorial Elections of 2014.
On Wednesday, October 09, 2013, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa launched its 2014 Election Campaign in Midrand, marking the beginning of the vibrant atmosphere associated with this phase of the electoral cycle.
In the context of the continued support to the SADC Election Support Network (SADC-ESN), the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of SADC-ESN have delivered a BRIDGE Train the Facilitator session in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 23 September to 4 October 2013.
The Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC) had 5 day training workshop on ‘BRIDGE’ (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Election) modular on Introduction to Election Administration for the members and staff of the commission between 12th – 16th of August, 2013, preparatory to the conduct of forth coming local Government elections in the state.
They say that, there is "always light at the end of the tunnel" is the situation Anambra people in South Eastern Nigeria are in, at this point in time. Having spent fifteen years of no elections at local government, the Governor recently surprised them with announcement and all is geared towards 5th October 2013, when they will conduct their Local Government elections.
The Strategic Planning Process (2014 – 2016) of the State Election Commission (SEC) of the Republic of Macedonia (SEC) was facilitated by two BRIDGE facilitators, Zage Filipovski and Ljupka Guguchevska. Both BRIDGE facilitators were coaching SEC staff (Chiefs of Sectors, Secretary General and State Advisers) through the planning process.
Samedi 28 septembre 2013, la Guinée n’a pas manqué son rendez-vous avec l’Histoire. Trois ans après une élection présidentielle qui a marqué les esprits en introduisant l’alternance, le pays s’est doté d’une Assemblée nationale qui vient compléter le dispositif institutionnel soutenant la sortie de crise, la normalisation démocratique et la consolidation d’un état de droit.
UNDP Turkmenistan, in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan, organized the 3-day Electoral Contestants workshop for the group of electoral administration officials and representatives of political parties during 24-26 Sept 2013 at President Hotel, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
From September 16 through 20, with USAID support, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) brought together 22 participants from the Malian Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the Direction Générale des Elections (DGE), the Ministry of Territorial Administration (MATD) – the three EMBs - and staff from the local IFES office.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan implemented a five day BRIDGE Workshop (Pre Election Activity Module) with the financial support of UNDP/ELECT from 14-18 Sept 2013 at IEC Headquarter in Kabul.
In the framework of its annual work plan, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of São Tomé e Principe organized a BRIDGE workshop on Strategic, Operational and Financial Planning.
IFES Georgia is implementing the Increased Trust in the Electoral Process (ITEP) program, a four-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
UNDP Georgia, within the project “Promoting Credible and Sustainable Electoral Institutions and Processes” with the financial support of EU and in coordination with the Parliament of Georgia, organized the workshop on the Electoral Systems
With financial support provided by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), a team of UNDP/NEC facilitators conducted a BRIDGE Civic Education Module on 21-23 August at Golden Gate Hotel.
The Electoral Commission of Lesotho in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program - UNDP organised a BRIDGE Gender and Elections course on 29 July to 02 August 2013 in Mohale Lodge- Lesotho.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance office in Addis Ababa twinned Media and Elections using BRIDGE in an English run training workshop held at the Radisson Blue Hotel from the 22 to 26 July 2013.
As part of its electoral support work with the Union Election Commission (UEC), IFES Myanmar brought BRIDGE to Myanmar for the first time by conducting a TTF in the capital Nay Pi Taw from 23 July to 2 August 2013.
Two BRIDGE TTF’s were given simultaneously in Antananarivo, Madagascar, between 16 – 26 July 2013 for Electoral Observation Networks in the framework of two EU funded projects.
The regional “Young Women Leadership in Political and Social Development” (YWLD) project is a two-year regional project being implemented by The Academy for International Development – Middle East (AID-ME) as a pilot project in (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
Election practitioners and media professionals from both the East and West of Africa, converged at the home of the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 22-26 July, 2013, to explore ways and means of strengthening relationships as strategic allies in deepening democracy as they carry out their different mandates.
My recent scoping mission visit to Buka and Arawa in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific project focusing on gender and local government allowed me to catch up with some of the 2011 BRIDGE facilitators in the region.
In the run-up to parliamentary elections due by early 2014, UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral Management in Bangladesh project is supporting the Election Commission of Bangladesh to conduct BRIDGE training modules and develop a pool of accredited facilitators.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in conjunction with the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia organized a BRIDGE Media and Elections workshop from July 08-11, 2013, in Monrovia, Liberia.
For a period in 2013, uncertainty was lingering on when the Zimbabwean elections would be held. Two Constitutional Court rulings in June stated that the election had to be held by July 31 2013 and so this date was announced as the elections day for Zimbabwe.
Within the support provided to the Tunisian Authorities after the NCA election, IFES and UNDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MSA) of Tunisia, have organized two training workshops for MSA staff on civic education for Illiterate voters.