2012 was a very big and successful year for BRIDGE and the BRIDGE Partnership. In the BRIDGE Office we have had more events than previous years, a BRIDGE Partner Meeting and many, many accreditations. While there have been some changes in regards to BRIDGE with the discontinuing of DG BRIDGE we have experienced significant growth in various areas throughout the year.
The African Union (AU) and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) organised a BRIDGE workshop on Pre-Election Activities for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from November 26-30, 2012
The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission in conjunction with the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project organised a BRIDGE module on to Electoral Administration course on 3-8 December 2012 in Abuja, Nigeria.
In the framework of its program for building the capacity of electoral stakeholders in Nigeria, and with the financial support of USAID and the cooperation of INEC, IFES Nigeria organized two TtF workshops for INEC State Training Officers.
Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), whose mission is that of the promotion of democratic elections in Zimbabwe, has a track record of fielding short term observers to support the electoral process.
The European Union through Democratic Governance Program funded the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to conduct BRIDGE course on Civic Education/Voter Information and Electoral Contestants combined modules.
From 15 to 19 October 2012, the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova and the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania participated in a joint workshop to explore the topic of gender and elections using the GPECS customised BRIDGE module.
IFES Kosovo, 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, has organized a TtF workshop for CEC staff and representatives of the CSOs.
IFES/Liberia in cooperation with UNDP/Liberia and NEC held the four-days BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Contestants for members of 10 Political Parties and members of the External Relations Department of the NEC at Golden Gate hotel from 24-27 September, 2012 in Monrovia, Liberia.
From the Cape to Cairo, they came -- over 50 electoral administrators, civil society activists and UNDP staff gathered in Dakar, Senegal for a 5-day regional BRIDGE training on Gender and Elections sponsored by UNDP GPECS from 17th-21st September.
The implementation of BRIDGE project funded jointly by UNDP and IFES has started in July where the first BRIDGE module has been conducted for newly appointed employs of the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia.
In collaboration with the General Elections Commission (KPU) the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Indonesia Office conducted a Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) workshop at the Ayodya Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali, from 2 July 2012 to 13 July 2012. Funding for this capacity building program in electoral administration was provided by AusAID, as part of the Australian Government’s continuing support for Indonesia.
Women’s rights activists, electoral administrators and advisors and women in elected office from around the Caribbean braved Tropical Storm Isaac to gather in Kingston last week for a rousing exploration of gender issues in elections.
UNDP Georgia in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Georgia and the Center for Training and Electoral Reforms, with the financial support of the EU, held five customized BRIDGE workshops for the Electoral Stakeholders of Georgia for the upcoming Parliamentary Elections in Georgia, set for October 1, 2012.
The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group further their knowledge on Gender issues affecting women securing leadership roles after undertaking the three day Bridge Gender and Elections Training provided by UN Women Gender Equality and Political Governance program which ended on Wednesday the 22nd August 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.