August 22, 2013

Gender & Elections Course Mohale, Lesotho

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.
August 19, 2013

Twinning Media and Elections in Addis Ababa

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.
August 16, 2013

IFES Brings BRIDGE to Myanmar

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.
August 7, 2013

Two TtF’s for Electoral Observation Networks in Madagascar

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.
August 5, 2013

Gender & Introduction workshops in Amman

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.
July 29, 2013

Different Roles….One Goal…

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.
July 29, 2013

BRIDGE in Bougainville and Fiji gains momentum….

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.
July 24, 2013

BRIDGE Post-Election Activities workshop in Kenya

In 2013, the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) of Kenya had to take a big challenge by holding six elections on the same day under a new constitution.
July 23, 2013

Election Training module for Bangladesh

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.
July 22, 2013

Elections Management & the Media in Liberia

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.
July 22, 2013

SADC ESN Prepares for Observation in Zimbabwe!!

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.
July 19, 2013

Civic Education for Illiterate Voters in Tunisia

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.
July 12, 2013

Mixing Media and Elections in Centurion

As winter set in on the Pretoria Highveld, International IDEA hosted a Media and Elections BRIDGE Course as part of the African Union/International IDEA Joint Activity Plan.
July 10, 2013

Introduction to Election Administration in Sudan

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) have organized two BRIDGE “Introduction to Election Administration” workshops.
July 10, 2013

Regional TtF in Lebanon

This BRIDGE workshop of Train the Facilitators (TtF) represents the second milestone of the Academy for International Development-Middle East's efforts to create the first regional pool of qualified BRIDGE facilitators.
July 9, 2013

Un atelier double au Togo

Depuis Mai 2012, le PNUD/Togo s’est engagé dans une approche de renforcement des capacités des acteurs nationaux basée sur la méthode BRIDGE.
July 9, 2013
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A customised BRIDGE workshop in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Association of Electoral Officials (AAEO), with the support of The Asia Foundation, organized one four-day customized BRIDGE training for provincial heads of electoral volunteer groups from June 17-20, 2013.
July 9, 2013

Engaging on Gender in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's millions of voters will go to the polls by early 2014 to elect a new parliament, but many fear that here will be a critical choice missing from most of the ballots - that is the option to vote for a woman candidate.
July 3, 2013

Bassam Hosts CEI’s BRIDGE on Post Electoral Activities

After the post electoral crisis of 2010, Cote d'Ivoire strived to rebuild its democratic institutions and organised two key elections (parliamentary in 2011 and local government elections in 2012).
July 3, 2013

BRIDGE pour la Societe Civile Congolaise

Du 30 mai au 12 juin 2013 s'est tenu au Centre d'Information des Nations Unies à Brazzaville, l'atelier formation BRIDGE en Administration électorale et information des électeurs pour 42 acteurs des Organisations de la Société Congolaise.
July 3, 2013

BRIDGE: Agent of Change in Liberia

On that memorable day of June 24, 2013, representatives of women groups in Liberia
July 1, 2013

Time to Go!

Some of you by now may have heard the rumour that I am leaving the BRIDGE Office.
June 28, 2013

Gender and Elections Course for Gender Desk Officers in Nigeria

Democratic Governance for Development, a project under UNDP, funded the Gender and Elections module for Gender Desk Officers for State Independent Election Commissions.
June 27, 2013

Macedonia Local Elections – Lessons Learned

Local elections in the Republic of Macedonia were held on 24 March, second round on 7 April and re-voting on several polling stations on 21 April 2013.
June 27, 2013

UNDP and EU funded BRIDGE in Liberia

The National Elections Commission (NEC) aims to extend the democratization process in Liberia
June 18, 2013

TtF in Georgia for Key Electoral Stakeholders

The importance of the Train the Facilitator workshop in Georgia has grown since BRIDGE in Georgia has welcomed new family members from the Political Parties and Observer Organizations.
June 14, 2013

BRIDGE Dispute Resolution workshop in Albania

Albanians will go to the polls on 23 June to elect their 2013-2017 legislature. These elections, and the electoral reforms that preceded them, are of significant importance for the country’s democratization and EU integration prospects.
June 13, 2013

First BRIDGE TtF For Sudan’s NEC

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) have organized the first BRIDGE TtF workshop for Sudan’s National Elections Commission (NEC) in May 2013.
June 6, 2013
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Une deuxieme Formation de Facilitateurs BRIDGE au Togo

Juchée sur les collines de la région administrative des Plateaux, Kpalimé, petite ville située à 120km au nord-est de la capitale Lomé, a accueilli du 06 au 17 mai 2013, une deuxième session de formation de facilitateurs BRIDGE organisée par le PNUD/Togo, avec l’appui financier de l’Union Européenne, dans le cadre du Projet d’Appui aux Processus Electoraux (PAPE).
June 4, 2013

A TtF in The Hague

Subsequent to the success of the first BRIDGE Train the Facilitator - TtF Course, a joint collaboration between The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy – NIMD and International IDEA, which was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 6-17 February 2012, NIMD organised another TtF in The Hague, Netherlands on 14- 24 May 2013
May 30, 2013
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BRIDGE Workshop for NEC Rwanda

Facilitators UNDP Rwanda under the Governance Support Program recruited fully accredited BRIDGE facilitators Mr. Shalva Tskhakaya from Georgia and Mr. Madhu Prasad Regmi from Nepal to conduct a 10-days workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration and Strategic and Financial Planning modules for the high level officials of National Elections Commission of Rwanda.
May 29, 2013
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CENI Bridges From Ngozi Heights

As the Electoral Commission of Burundi (CENI) is preparing for the 2015 presidential elections, one of their main challenges will be to effectively work with all electoral stakeholders in order to build trust in the process.
May 27, 2013
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After the passing away of President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika President Mutharika of Malawi in April, 2012 the presidential title was taken over by former Vice-President Joyce Banda.
May 20, 2013

New Officials for the Nepal Electoral Commission!

The Election Commission of Nepal with funding support from IFES organized three days workshop for seventeen (two women) new officers joined the Commission recently.
May 13, 2013
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Building Women’s Political Participation in Haiti

Thriving and revitalized, the city of Port-au-Prince hosted its first ever BRIDGE courses for members of the Haitian electoral management body.
May 12, 2013

First TtF in Malawi!

As part of preparations for the forthcoming Tripartite Elections scheduled to take place in May, 2014, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) organized a 10-day intensive Train the Facilitator (TtF) Workshop at Shire Highlands Hotel in Blantyre from 23rd April to 3rd May, 2013.
May 7, 2013

Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia!

The Academy for International Development – Middle East (AID-ME) is dedicated to increase participation of young women leaders in their society’s public affairs in the Middle East and North Africa region.
May 6, 2013
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Atelier modulaire BRIDGE « Planification strategique et financiere », Accra, Ghana

Du 15 au 19 avril 2013 s’est tenu à Accra, au Ghana, un atelier modulaire BRIDGE sur la planification stratégique et financière.
April 30, 2013


It was a delighted Sunday evening the 7th day of April 2013, when 35 Nigerian youths selected from across reputable civil society groups from the northern geo-political zones of the country converged at Chelsea hotel Abuja for a 5 day civic / voter information modular Workshop.
April 25, 2013
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Strategy and Addis Ababa!

22 members of EMBs in Africa got together in Addis Ababa 8-12 April 2013 to share experiences and develop their capacity in the field of strategic and financial planning.
April 25, 2013

Moving from SMART to WARM: Warming up for 2015

The need for Nigerian youth to strategically contribute their quota to the democratic and electoral processes of the country was brought to the fore as youth leaders gathered in Port Harcourt from April 15 to 19, 2013.
April 23, 2013


Le premier atelier de formation de facilitateurs (FdF) BRIDGE au Togo s’est tenu du 02 au 12 avril 2013 dans la ville de Kpalimé, une des villes touristiques du pays, située à 120 km au nord-ouest de Lomé, la capitale.
April 18, 2013

Exploring gender issues in Moldova

From 10 to 12 of April 2013, representatives of the Parliament of Republic of Moldova and Central Electoral Commission (CEC) have participated in a joint workshop to explore the topic of Gender and Elections.
April 15, 2013

Completion for South Sudan

IFES South Sudan Election Administration Support Program, funded by USAID, completed the foundation modules in the BRIDGE training for the newly formed South Sudan National Elections Commission (NEC).
April 10, 2013

A PIANZEA TTF in One of the World’s Smallest Nations – Niue

As part of the reinvigoration of the Pacific Island, Australian and New Zealand Electoral Administrator’s (PIANZEA) Network and as an integral element of the current 3-year plan for PIANZEA, a BRIDGE TTF was conducted on the beautiful Island nation of Niue from 18 February to 1 March 2013.
April 9, 2013

Introduction for SIECs in Nigeria

From March 18 through 22, 30 members of the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) of Jigawa, Ebonyi and Gombé gathered in Abuja (Nigeria) to share ideas, practical experiences and strategies on electoral administration.
April 9, 2013

Election Observation – SADC gets ready!!

In 2013, elections are expected to be held in two Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries.
April 3, 2013

Together Reaching Out…Touching You, Naija…!

The Democratic Governance for Development Project II of the UNDP and its international partners, EU, DFID and CIDA, as part of their capacity building programmes for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Media organised a 5-day BRIDGE workshop on Media and Elections for INEC Public Affairs Officers and local and international journalists from the southern part of Nigeria.
April 2, 2013
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BRIDGE Sets Agenda For 2015 Elections In Nigeria

The world is turning its focus on Nigeria towards a successful election in 2015 with preparations from different organisations, in ensuring free, fair, credible and crisis-free elections.
March 25, 2013

Strategic Planning Workshop for the SADC

International IDEA organized a 5-day BRIDGE Capacity-Building Training for 23 staff of Election Management Bodies from the SADC region, on the topic “Strategic and Financial Planning”.
March 25, 2013
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Introduction for Nigerias State IEC

From March 11 through 15, 29 members of the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) of Imo, Enugu and Ekiti States gathered in Abuja (Nigeria) to share ideas, practical experiences and strategies on electoral administration.
March 21, 2013

Participants’ Views on Gender and Elections in Lagos

Participants took away so much from facilitators as well as other participants through passionate and dynamic interaction. However, the following ‘Learning Outcomes’ were outstanding and no beneficiary will be in a hurry to forget.
March 18, 2013

BRIDGE and Political Parties Get Acquainted in Nigeria

From March 4 – 8, 2013 organizing secretaries of 23 Nigerian political parties as well as 3 staff from the Nigerian electoral commission (INEC) gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, to discuss the roles, responsibilities and challenges of electoral contestants in the electoral process. The training was part of a series of BRIDGE trainings the UNDP has been organizing in Nigeria under the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) program.
March 18, 2013

Polling, Counting and Enthusiasm in Shtip

Highly enthusiastic with the previous experiences and the outcomes of BRIDGE workshops in Macedonia, the State Election Commission (SEC) gladly decided to use BRIDGE methodology in the mandatory training SEC is organizing and conducting for the members of the lower electoral management bodies.
March 18, 2013

Awake! Naija, Awake!

It is widely known that knowledge is as wide as the ocean. The Gender and Elections workshop held in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria from 11-15 March, 2013, proved to be so.
March 4, 2013

Reforming Electoral Systems in Georgia

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 for the members of the parliament and leaders of the NGOs who are considered to work on the future electoral reform.
February 26, 2013

First BRIDGE Workshop for the Worlds Newest EMB – South Sudan

IFES South Sudan Election Administration Support Program, funded by USAID, organized the "first-ever" BRIDGE training for the newly formed South Sudan National Elections Commission (NEC).
February 26, 2013

Kosovo Enters New Phase of Sustainability with Five Workshop Facilitators

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) within the framework of “Strengthening Election Administration in Kosovo” project, with the financial support of USAID and in partnership with the Central Election Commission of Kosovo organized two BRIDGE trainings for 36 representatives of Municipal Electoral Offices and staff of Central Election Commission of Kosovo.
February 25, 2013

A Team Of ‘Firsts’ – In The Kalahari Delta

Converging in Gaborone we came from all corners of the SADC region all headed to a ten-day long, 04-15 February, 2013, Train the Facilitator EU-UNDP funded project in support of Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC countries (ECF-SADC).
February 24, 2013

BRIDGE Arrives in Belize!

Thirty years after independence, the women of Belize are profoundly underrepresented in their government.
February 20, 2013

Newly recruited staff for CEC of Moldova get acquainted with Electoral Administration

On 24-25 January 2013 the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova (CEC) with the support of UNDP Democracy Programme/Elections organized a BRIDGE workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration for the CEC new staff.
February 19, 2013

Iraq’s Double Introduction!

IFES organized in cooperation with IHEC (Independent High electoral Commission) in Iraq two BRIDGE Introduction to Election Administration workshops.
February 18, 2013

IFES enables the Mauritanian Electoral Commission to hold its second BRIDGE workshop

One of the strategic priorities of the Mauritanian Electoral Commission (CENI) is the capacity building of its members.
February 14, 2013

Nigeria Workshop Brings Women and Politics Issues to Life in the Classroom

As part of an ongoing series of BRIDGE trainings for the Nigerian INEC, UNDP-Nigeria organized a 5-day workshop on gender and elections in Abuja at the end of January.
February 10, 2013

Media? Check! Elections? Check!

The first Bridge Media and Elections workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, was supported by the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) Project and its international partners – EU, DFID, CID and UNDP.
February 4, 2013

BRIDGE and South Africas IEC

In collaboration with IDEA, the IEC hosted a five day BRIDGE course in Centurion at the IEC Head Office.
January 29, 2013

Mohammad Hashim Samim 1974 – 2013

It is very sad to write that one of our best colleagues and BRIDGE facilitator passed away on 11 January 2013.
January 28, 2013

Not One, Not Two but Three Workshops for Libya

IFES organized three simultaneous BRIDGE trainings (January 7-10, 2013) for civil society members and staff of the High National Electoral Commission in support of a peaceful and democratic political transition in Libya.
January 24, 2013

Another BRIDGE Customised Workshop in Abuja

It was as interesting as it was full of suspense and demanding when 30 staff of Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) converged in the Fountain Hall of the prestigious Rockview Hotel Abuja, Nigeria for a 5 day Modular workshop from the 7th – 11th January 2013.
January 22, 2013

Introduction to Zambia

In addressing an identified need, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Zambia, organised a training workshop for new members and senior staff of ECZ from 17-19 December, 2012, in Lusaka, Zambia.


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