December 18, 2013

BRIDGE Participant Survey

As we highlighted last month, the BRIDGE Partners have commissioned a first-time, comprehensive assessment of BRIDGE.
December 13, 2013

From Morocco to Yemen – Regional Gender Workshop in Egypt

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.
December 10, 2013

The First TtF in Namibia

The 'Preventing Electoral Violence in the SADC region' project, PEV-SADC ( delivered a BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) Workshop in Windhoek, Namibia from 25 November to 6 December 2013.
December 2, 2013

BRIDGE Scoping Mission for the League of Arab States (LAS)

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.
November 29, 2013
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PIANZEA sees double

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.
November 27, 2013
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"Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)" In continued support of the regional electoral network,
November 26, 2013

l’Observation électorale à Madagascar

Dans le cadre du Projet d’Appui à la Crédibilité et à la Transparence des Elections à Madagascar, PACTE ( et du Projet Preventing Election-related Violence in SADC countries, PEV-SADC (, 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.
November 25, 2013

Access to Electoral Processes Workshop in Moldova

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.
November 25, 2013


Sur financement de l’Union européenne, les projets PACTE - Projet d'Appui à la Crédibilité et à la Transparence des Elections à Madagascar ( et PEV-SADC - Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community
November 24, 2013

BRIDGE Showcase for the League of Arab States (LAS)

The first BRIDGE Showcase for LAS took place at the headquarters of the LAS in Cairo – Egypt on November 06, 2013.
November 19, 2013
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Independent Assessment of BRIDGE underway

Although BRIDGE has been in existence for over a decade, to-date there has been no independent assessment of BRIDGE's functioning and effectiveness.
November 18, 2013

Un FDF au Togo

Le Togo vient de tenir des élections législatives le 25 Juillet 2013, élections qui ont été observées par plusieurs missions d’observation dont la Mission d’Assistance Electorale(MAE).
November 12, 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.
November 4, 2013

Mozambique trains more BRIDGE Facilitators

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.
October 29, 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.
October 28, 2013

BRIDGE for New Commissioners of NEC Liberia

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.
October 23, 2013

First Accredited Facilitator from Myanmar

Aye Yu Thwe is the first fully accredited BRIDGE facilitator from Myanmar
October 22, 2013

2014 Elections Beckon South Africa

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.
October 16, 2013

First TtF in Tanzania for CSOs

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.
October 11, 2013

Anambra State IEC Crosses the BRIDGE in Nigeria

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.
October 10, 2013

BRIDGE for the Anambra State IEC

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.
October 10, 2013

Strategic Planning Workshop for SEC Republic of Macedonia

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.
October 10, 2013

BRIDGE aux cotes de la Guinee pour les legislatives

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.
October 9, 2013

Voter Education Workshop in Erbil, Iraq

IFES Iraq in partnership with the IHEC plan to implement a series of (4) workshops including a preparatory workshop for the Voter Education (VE) program using BRIDGE methodology.
October 8, 2013

Preparing Elections in Turkmenistan

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.
October 8, 2013

BRIDGE participants from Tanzania have their say!

An article by the participants in the BRIDGE Voter Registration for the NEC staff conducted in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
October 8, 2013

Voter registration … a BRIDGE first for Tanzania

A BRIDGE Voter Registration workshop was held from 16-20 September, 2013, in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. This was the first BRIDGE project in Tanzania.
October 8, 2013

BRIDGE training in Mali… a first!

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.
September 26, 2013

Strategic & Financial Planning Module in Sao Tome e Principe

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.
September 23, 2013

Gender Module Empowers Gender Equality Network, Georgia

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).
September 19, 2013

Electoral Systems workshop for electoral reform 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
September 19, 2013
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UNDP/NEC conducts Civic Education Module in Liberia

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.
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

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.


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