August 20, 2012

Observation in South Africa

A BRIDGE Electoral Observation course was held from 30-31 July, 2012, in Pretoria, South Africa.

August 9, 2012

The First BRIDGE in the Republic of Macedonia…and first three Macedonian Workshop Facilitators

Between the 11 and the 18 of July 2012 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, a two days curriculum development and a three day workshop on “Strategic & Operational
Planning” were carried out. 

August 1, 2012

Civic Education for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Tunisia

Within the support provided to the Tunisian Authorities after the NCA election October 2011, IFES, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MSA) of Tunisia, organizes a series of training workshops for MSA staff on democracy, civil and political rights and electoral processes.

July 27, 2012

Second BRIDGE Civic Education Training Program in Kabul

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support of UNDP/ELECT conducted the BRIDGE Civic Education Training Program from 7-11 July 2012 at IEC headquarters. 

July 27, 2012

Cake for BRIDGE in Liberia

The experience of running BRIDGE programs has been confirmed in 2007-2008 when Liberian National Elections Commission (NEC) through financial support of IFES conducted series of individual BRIDGE Version 1 Trainings.

July 17, 2012

BRIDGE Togo Atelier Partis politiques

Du 09 au 13 juillet 2012 s’est tenue à l’Hôtel Mercure Sarakawa de Lomé une formation modulaire sur le rôle des partis politiques dans le processus électoral au Togo.

July 15, 2012

Senegal Observers!

Gorée Institute trained a group of 25 election observers prior to deploying an observer mission to the Senegal July 1st parliamentary elections.

July 15, 2012

Ugandan BRIDGE

The Electoral Commission of Uganda – EC-Uganda organized a BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Management course on 4th-8th June 2012 at the source of the Nile Resort in Jinja UGANDA.

July 13, 2012

An Introduction to BRIDGE in Malawi

The Electoral Commission of Malawi (MEC) in conjunction with The European Union (EU) organised a 5-day BRIDGE “Introduction to Electoral Administration” course on 18 – 22 June 2012 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

July 13, 2012

BRIDGE in Washington!

On June 20 & 21, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held a long-awaited internal BRIDGE training for 20 of its Washington DC based staff.

July 5, 2012

UNDP Congo Brazzaville Organizes HYBRIDGE

UNDP Congo Brazzaville organized 6 Hybridge trainings in Brazzaville, Owando, Gamboma, Pointe-Noire, Dolisie and Impfondo from June 11th to June 24th 2012.

June 28, 2012

A triumphant return to Sydney!

NSW State Office hosted a four day BRIDGE workshop for Introduction to Electoral Administration from 5 June to 8 June 2012.

June 27, 2012

Bhutan takes 5 new steps…

On 9 June 2012 Bhutan took 5 new steps along the democracy road!  

June 27, 2012

Using BRIDGE to Develop Voter Education Programs in Bhutan

Bhutan’s democracy has come a long way in a short time and it has done so in a climate of peace and relative national harmony.

June 27, 2012

Gender Training for French Speaking African EMBs!

International IDEA organised a BRIDGE modular workshop for African EMBs on 4 - 8 June 2012 in Accra, Ghana.

June 25, 2012

French BRIDGE in Togo

PNUD organise deux formations modulaires BRIDGE concomitantes sur l’introduction à l’administration électorale pour les média, les partis politiques et la société civile au Togo

June 22, 2012

Zimbabwe’s Introduction to Electoral Administration

The Electoral Commission of Zimbabwe – ZEC in conjunction with The United Nations Development Program - UNDP organised a BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Management course on 19- 23 April 2012 in Nyanga Zimbabwe. 

June 19, 2012

Introduction to Electoral Administration in Kabul

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support from UNDP conducted the BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration training program from 9-13 June at IEC headquarters. 

June 13, 2012

First TtF in Tunisia

First BRIDGE Training the Facilitators (TtF) in Tunisia, in French and Arabic, in Hammamet.

May 28, 2012

Conakry La Belle Workshop!

BRIDGE Workshop in Conakry la belle (Guinea) for IFES staff and local partners, May 17 – 20,2012.

May 28, 2012

BRIDGE Technical Agent training in Côte d’Ivoire

BRIDGE Training for Technical Agents for the Ivoirian Electoral Commission May 8 to 11, 2012.

May 24, 2012

Gender and Elections in Pretoria

IDEA trains Portuguese Speaking electoral administrators from African EMBs in a 5-day “Gender and Elections” BRIDGE held in Pretoria South Africa course 23-27 April2012.

May 23, 2012

International IDEA trains African EMBs in Addis Ababa

On 7th May, 2012, representatives from ten EMBs in Africa gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to take part in a BRIDGE Train the Facilitators workshop.

May 17, 2012

A sustainable and strategic approach to BRIDGE In Cape Verde

Cape Verde Islands - A sustainable and strategic approach to BRIDGE by transnational project in support of ACP Portuguese Speaking Countries (Pro PALOP-TL)05-09 December 2011 – Strategic Planning Module, 12-16 December 2011 – Voters' Registration Module, 02-09 May 2012 – Polling, Counting & Results Module.

May 16, 2012

Promoting Change in Moldova!

The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Moldova and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held two Political Financing workshops in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.

May 15, 2012

ZESN and BRIDGE in Bulawayo

Enlightening, refreshing, unique’ are just some of the words that participants have used to describe the just ended two-part, five day BRIDGE training workshop organised by Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, from 7 to 11 May 2012.

May 15, 2012

League of Arab States BRIDGE Workshop

The League of Arab States (LAS) organized and sponsored this BRIDGE workshop to build the technical capacity of its election observation mission to Algeria who deployed to Algeria to observe the legislative election in May 2012.

May 14, 2012

Kabul Dispute Resolution Training

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support of UNDP/ELECT organized the BRIDGE Election Dispute Resolution training program from 5-8 May 2012 in Kabul at IEC head quarter.

May 10, 2012

A European Showcase

 The Showcase Seminar organized on 3-4 May in Vienna, Austria, was the very first one that aimed to bring together election professionals from across Europe. 

May 10, 2012

Life Changing Experiences in Pretoria

As part of its ongoing project in Africa International IDEA organised a BRIDGE Train the facilitators Course in English from 12-23 March 2012 which was held in Pretoria, South Africa

May 7, 2012

Afghanistan System Workshop for Women!

Following two BRIDGE (Electoral System) trainings for Afghan political parties and due to the recommendations of the participants of two previous sessions of BRIDGE, The Asia Foundation (TAF) conducted the same module of BRIDGE for female provincial members of the political parties from 14 to 19 April 2012 in Kabul.

May 7, 2012

Afghanistan Welcomes BRIDGE Training

Following conducting a BRIDGE training program for different civil society organizations and political parties, The Asia Foundation (TAF) once again convened a BRIDGE (Electoral System) training for the next batch of afghan political party representatives from 31 March - 05 April 2012 in Kabul.

May 4, 2012

Using BRIDGE to build a Voter Education Program for Vanuatu

For many years the Vanuatu Elections Office has been interested in developing a Voter Education program that would be appropriate to the Vanuatu context. Following a Gender and Elections BRIDGE module conducted in Port Vila at the end of 2010, the issue was again raised by the then Principal Electoral Officer.

April 26, 2012

Workshops in the Kingdom of Bhutan!

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) together conducted a 3-day BRIDGE Electoral Contestants module workshop from 19 to 21 March 2012 at the Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro. 

April 18, 2012

A Few Firsts For Romania

From 26-30 March 2012, BRIDGE made its first appearance in Bucharest, Romania to a group of 26 expectant and curious election stakeholders from the region [including: Albania; Armenia; Georgia; Kyrgyzstan; Moldova; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Ukraine].

April 18, 2012

Dispute Resolution and Observation Workshop in Nepal

Electoral Dispute Resolution and Electoral Observation in any election are very crucial to handle and manage. Both are very important because observation always monitor the integrity of the electoral process and thereby assess the credibility of process whereas EDR ultimately safeguards the integrity and credibility of the process.

April 10, 2012

An Introduction workshop in Afghanistan

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan conducted the BRIDGE Introduction to Election Administration training program from 31 March-4 April 2012 at IEC head quarter in Kabul which was financially supported by UNDP Elect in Afghanistan.

March 30, 2012

Civic Activism Taken to Dizzy Heights in Zimbabwe

The Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) program invitations came just at a time when the election discourse in the country has not only gathered momentum but plunged the country under the grip of uncertainty.

March 29, 2012

L’atelier modulaire BRIDGE tenu a Zongo, RD Congo

L'atelier modulaire Bridge sur l'introduction à l'administration électorale, planification stratégique et financière a été programmé et mise en oeuvre du 5 au 7 juillet 2011 au Bas Congo plus précisément sur le Site de Zongo.

March 27, 2012

BRIDGE Electoral System Training in Afghanistan

Following conducting the BRIDGE training programs for different civil societies and political parties, The Asia Foundation (TAF) organized the BRIDGE Electoral System training program for different political parties' representatives from 10-15 March 2012 in Kabul.

March 22, 2012

First BRIDGE in Libya

UNDP-Libya has organized four BRIDGE training workshops in Tripoli to support civil society and develop Libyan human resources in civic education.

March 21, 2012

BRIDGE Facilitator Forum is now live!

Recently the BRIDGE Office posed the question of whether an online forum for BRIDGE facilitators to network and chat would be welcomed. We got such a positive response that we're happy to be able to announce the new Facilitators' Forum is now live!

March 20, 2012

A Lively TtF in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Election Commission Officers and staff from the UNDP's Supporting Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) team participated in a lively Train the Facilitator workshop at a Government Training Centre in Dhaka from 4th to 16th March 2012.

March 15, 2012
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1st Ever BRIDGE Workshop for Vanuatu Voter Registration Officers

A first of its kind weeklong BRIDGE Gender and Elections workshop aimed to gender sensitize Voter Registration Coordinators (RCs), Registration Officers (ROs) and Assistant Registration Officers (AROs) for three SANMA Province constituencies of Santo, Malo/Aore and Luganville before registration commenced in preparation for October 2012 General Elections.

March 14, 2012

International IDEA organises a BRIDGE TtF with a political parties focus

International IDEA in conjunction with NIMD organised a Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) course from 6 -27 February 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.

March 14, 2012

A BRIDGE TtF in Erbil, Iraq

IFES Iraq organized in cooperation with Iraq's IHEC (Independent High Elections Commission) the first BRIDGE TtF workshop in Erbil – Iraq.

March 13, 2012
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2012 Presidential Elections in Senegal: First BRIDGE Training on election observation for 60 women leaders

The Women Platform for Peaceful Elections in Senegal is a group of women's organizations of civil society in Senegal and West Africa. It is composed of Senegalese women's organizations, women's organizations in Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Gambia and Senegal.

March 13, 2012

Gorée Institute trains 30 journalists from community radio ahead of the 2012 elections in Senegal

As part of an EU funded project to support Senegalese civil society in domestic observation, Gorée Institute implemented a series of BRIDGE trainings in the pre-election phase to build the capacities of key stakeholders.

March 13, 2012

Gorée Institute trains 12 Média Monitors ahead of the 2012 elections in Senegal

As part of an EU funded project to support Senegalese civil society in domestic observation, Gorée Institute implemented a series of BRIDGE trainings in the pre-election phase to build the capacities of key stakeholders.

March 13, 2012

BRIDGE in Georgia brings another 380 Electoral Professionals and five workshop facilitators

IFES Georgia, implementing USAID-funded program Increased Trust in the Electoral Process (ITEP), in collaboration with the Central Election Commission of Georgia, conducted 15 four-day customized BRIDGE workshops for District Election Commission (DEC) members for the capacity enhancement of the mid-level election administration in Georgia in the period of Jan 22-Feb 25, 2012.

March 13, 2012

African Union Supports BRIDGE Professional Development Training Course in Nigeria

A 5-day Professional Development Training (PDT) was conducted from the 12 - 16 December 2011 at the Bolingo Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria for seventeen senior staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria.

March 13, 2012

BRIDGE in Ziguinchor, Senegal

For the past 20 years, Senegal has been a beacon of democracy in the West Africa sub region. Although the country has a long history of well-run elections, the presidential elections scheduled to take place on February 26, 2012 will be decisive in the future stability of Senegal.

March 9, 2012

BRIDGE in Saint-Louis, Senegal

For the past 20 years, Senegal has been a beacon of democracy in the West Africa sub region. Although the country has a long history of well-run elections, the presidential elections scheduled to take place on February 26, 2012 will be decisive in the future stability of Senegal.

March 9, 2012

Europe and CIS Regional BRIDGE Workshop on Gender and Elections

On 13 - 17 February 2012, UNDP's Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS) organized 2 BRIDGE workshops on Gender and Elections that aimed to build knowledge and introduce practical tools to mainstream gender into electoral administration and programming for EMB and UNDP representatives from Europe and CIS region.

March 1, 2012

Significant steps – New facilitators in Bhutan

The Democratic Constitutional Monarchy of Bhutan took another important step forward in February 2012 with the completion of the inaugural BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop in Phuntsholing.

February 28, 2012

BRIDGE TtF returns to Melbourne

Ten years after the first BRIDGE TtF workshop was conducted, the 80th TtF was held in Melbourne from 6 to 17 February 2012. It has been more than 3½ years since the last TtF workshop was held in Australia and it was pleasing to see it back to where it all started.

February 15, 2012

An UNDEF update on DG BRIDGE

The new UNDEF newsletter is now out and includes a great article about the Democracy and Governance (DG) BRIDGE work that has been done in the Asia Pacific region.

February 3, 2012
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Updated BRIDGE statistics for January 2012

The BRIDGE statistics have been updated for January 2012 and cover all workshops and accreditations to the end of 2011. 

January 31, 2012

Three module workshops in Rwanda

The Rwanda National Electoral Commission (NEC) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised three BRIDGE module workshops on Electoral Systems, Civic Education and Polling, Counting and Results from 16-25 January 2012 for 20 officers.

January 26, 2012

A 2nd BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) Course for INEC, Nigeria

A BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) workshop was held from 5-15 December 2011 in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria, for 26 staff members (14 females and 12 males) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

January 25, 2012
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Calling all BRIDGE facilitators! Help with evaluation

The BRIDGE Office is trialling a new facilitator evaluation form over the next few months, and we need your help!

January 16, 2012

UNDP’s Regional BRIDGE Workshops in Amman, Jordan

UNDP's support for elections covers all aspects of the electoral cycle

January 12, 2012
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BRIDGE Workshop in the Electoral Education and Information Center (EEIC) in Nepal

The Election Commission of Nepal is pushing and probing itself as a dynamic and capable professional institution in the field of election management through its diverse nature of activities.

January 10, 2012

BRIDGE in Tambacounda, Senegal

For the past 20 years, Senegal has been a beacon of democracy in the West African sub region.

January 2, 2012

Election Management Design Workshops in Lebanon

IFES' project 'Support to the Electoral Process in Lebanon' (funded by USAID) organized BRIDGE workshops on Election Management Design to discuss the issues relating to various EMB options and its potential reform in Lebanon.

January 1, 2012
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The First International Gender and Elections BRIDGE held in Kenya

The UNDP's Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support and UNDP Kenya Country Office organised a three day Gender and Elections BRIDGE, in Naivasha, Kenya, 28-30 November 2011.

December 19, 2011

BRIDGE training on the Gorée Island for members of the Senegalese Electoral Commission

For the past 20 years, Senegal has been a beacon of democracy in the West Africa sub region.

December 15, 2011

BRIDGE returns to Chad for Observation

As a component of the Promoting Elections, Accountability and Civic Engagement (PEACE) Project in Chad, the BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Observation was held between the 8 and 9 of December 2011 in Dandi, Chad.

December 15, 2011

BRIDGE returns to Chad for Planning

As a component of the Promoting Elections, Accountability and Civic Engagement (PEACE) Project in Chad, the BRIDGE Workshop for Strategic & Financial Planning was held between the 5 and 7 of December 2011 in Dandi, Chad.

December 7, 2011

An Eastern and Central European TtF

The regional Train the Facilitator workshop in Budapest, Hungary was the first training of BRIDGE facilitators in Central and Eastern Europe and therefore, it is of utmost importance in terms of introducing BRIDGE as a capacity building tool in the region.

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