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February 26, 2020

A second BRIDGE Gender and Access workshop for CEP in Haiti

The workshop was part of BRIDGE training programme implemented by UNDP and IFES in partnership with CEP. The programme started in September 2019 and will continue over 2020
February 26, 2020

Gender equality and Access to electoral processes for CEP in Haiti

The workshop is part a BRIDGE training programme implemented by UNDP and IFES in partnership with the Provisional Electoral Council in Haiti (CEP). The programme has started in September 2019 and continues during 2020. 100 staff have profited so far from the training.
April 4, 2019

Strategic Electoral Observation: recommendations follow-up and electoral reform advocacy, the quantum jump

Strategic Electoral Observation: recommendations follow-up and electoral reform advocacy, the quantum jump In the framework of the Support Fund for Electoral Observation (FAOE), UNDP organized a BRIDGE workshop on election observation in Mexico City, from 6 to 9 November 2018, in collaboration with the National Electoral Institute (INE), the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Offenses (FEPADE) and the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary Branch of the Federation (TEPJF). The workshop dealt with the topic of election observation, with a special focus on strategic planning and the promotion of actions oriented to advance election observation recommendations follow-up and electoral reforms advocacy. The main goal of this workshop was to strengthen the capacities of domestic civil society in the field of election observation methodologies relevant to the post-electoral period, with a focus on election observation recommendations, political advocacy to promote electoral reforms and strategic planning for the post-electoral period. The training counted with a total of 25 participants, from which 9 were men (36%) and 16 were women (64%). The workshop targeted representatives from civil society organizations part of FAOE 2018. The international facilitation team was composed by Alessandra Rossi (accrediting facilitator and the coordinator of the Support Fund), Lluís Juan Rodríguez (accrediting facilitator and consultant in UNDP) and Gabriela Nones (TtF completed and Programme Officer Specialist in Elections from the UNDP LAC Regional Hub Centre). The workshop was conducted over a period of 4 days, with a program that centered the reflections and discussions around the recommendations prepared by the FAOE organizations regarding the 2018 general elections, and how to define new actions based on them. During the first half day of the workshop, the BRIDGE Project was presented, as well as the agenda, and the main workshop objectives; participants also had the chance to introduce themselves and to share their expectations, and to define the workshop code of conduct. During the second day, participants discussed the objectives of election observation and its different types, as well as the role electoral observers have over the electoral cycle. They also reflected on the principles of the election observation of democratic elections; and the subjects of electoral cycle stages and strategic planning, were introduced in the context of the efforts advanced by the CSOs participants of FAOE. For the third day, the reflection centered on the election observation recommendations presented by the FAOE organizations and its scope, inviting participants to analyze them with the vision of following up its advances: how to monitor it? how to advocate for electoral reforms? To finalize a presentation by FEPADE gave legal perspective to the electoral reform in Mexico and its institutional implications. The fourth day started with the exchange of regional and national experiences where the active role of Civil Society led to electoral reforms; including experiences from Panama, Paraguay, Haiti and Mexico. After that, participants had the opportunity to work in groups, divided by thematic areas, to develop an action plan for election observation and monitoring over the post-electoral period, as a way to strengthen their capacity to perform that quantum jump, that will allow them to have a more strategic approach to election observation, where their efforts continue throughout the electoral cycle, and where planning and advocating for electoral reforms is at the core of their […]
October 7, 2018

Promoting inclusive election observation in Mexico

In the framework of the Support Fund for Electoral Observation, UNDP organized a BRIDGE workshop on election observation in Mexico City, from 28 to 30 May 2018, in collaboration with the National Electoral Institute (INE), the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Offenses (FEPADE) and the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary Branch of the Federation (TEPJF).
February 8, 2018

Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

Promoviendo procesos electorales inclusivos en Paraguay In the framework of a larger capacity building program, two simultaneous customized BRIDGE workshops on access and strategic planning were held in Asunción, Paraguay, from 18 to 20 October 2017. These trainings were organized by International IDEA and UNDP, in partnership with Paraguay’s Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSJE for its acronym in Spanish), and with the support of the European Union. The main goal of this initiative was to strengthen institutional capacities regarding the participation of under-represented groups in the electoral process, as well as to offer participants concrete tools for an enhanced planning process in this regard. Participants mostly included electoral staff and civil society representatives. The main reason for addressing the importance of under-represented groups in elections through these trainings is to support and foster the efforts made by the Electoral Tribunal in promoting inclusive electoral management. Paraguay has developed an innovative accessible voting scheme for people with disabilities. Furthermore, the recently created Gender Policy Unit and the Political Participation Unit have developed initiatives to promote the participation of women and the youth, respectively. In the last months, the Electoral Tribunal has also supported the inclusion of indigenous people in the voter list, in partnership with civil society organizations. Considering this, the simultaneous BRIDGE workshops on access and strategic planning were aimed at strengthening the capacities of electoral staff in charge of these initiatives, both as a general reflection on the need for inclusive electoral management and to promote an effective and coordinated planning of these processes. In these trainings, the facilitation teams were composed by the following BRIDGE facilitators: Lourdes González-Prieto, Head of International IDEA Paraguay Programme; Fernanda Lopes Abreu, UNDP Electoral and Democratic Governance Expert; Sheila Serrano and Lluís Juan Rodríguez, International IDEA consultants; and Rosario Gamarra, from Peru’s Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE). Following this experience, Rosario Gamarra received her accreditation as a workshop facilitator. During the workshops, participants discussed on the importance of promoting access in electoral processes and expanding human rights for all, including political participation rights. Also, participants analyzed the obstacles to an effective participation that specific under-represented groups often face, including youth, women, people with disabilities and indigenous peoples, as well as the strategies that EMBs and other electoral stakeholders can put in place to overcome these barriers. The last day of the workshop was dedicated to strategic planning and participants had the opportunity to explore the mission, vision and principles of their own organization and to develop strategic plans to foster the participation of these groups through inclusive election management. In the words of one participant: “It is so obvious that working with these groups is so important, and yet they often become invisible and silenced. It is high time we started thinking of elections as a right for everybody. Democracy can only work if human rights are for all”. ES Promoviendo procesos electorales inclusivos en Paraguay En el marco de un programa de desarrollo de capacidades más amplio, dos talleres BRIDGE adaptados sobre acceso y planificación estratégica tuvieron lugar de manera simultánea en Asunción, Paraguay, del 18 al 20 de octubre de 2017. Estas formaciones fueron organizadas por IDEA Internacional y el PNUD, en colaboración con el Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral (TSJE) de Paraguay, y con el apoyo de la Unión Europea. El objetivo principal de esta iniciativa fue fortalecer las capacidades del TSJE en materia de participación de grupos sub-representados en el proceso electoral, así como ofrecer herramientas concretas para mejorar los procesos de planificación en este ámbito. El grupo contó con la participación de personal de diferentes direcciones del TSJE y de representantes de la sociedad civil. La razón principal para abordar la importancia de los grupos sub-representados en las elecciones a través de estas formaciones fue la de apoyar y potenciar los esfuerzos realizados por la Justicia Electoral de Paraguay para promover una administración electoral inclusiva. El TSJE de Paraguay ha desarrollado un esquema innovador de voto accesible para personas con discapacidad. Además, las recientemente creadas Unidad de Política de Género y Unidad de Participación Política han llevado a cabo iniciativas para promover la participación de las mujeres y de las juventudes, respectivamente. En los últimos meses, la Justicia Electoral, en colaboración con la sociedad civil, también puso en práctica una campaña destina a promover la inclusión de personas indígenas en el padrón electoral. Teniendo en cuenta todo esto, los talleres simultáneos BRIDGE sobre acceso y planificaci; Fernanda Lopes Abreu, l Programa de IDEA Internacional en PAraguay,novador de voto accesible para personas con discapacidadlanón estratégica estuvieron dirigidos a fortalecer las capacidades del personal de la Justicia Electoral responsable de estas iniciativas, reflexionando sobre la necesidad de fomentar una óptica de inclusión desde la administración electoral y de promover una planificación efectiva y coordinada de estos procesos. En estas formaciones, los equipos de facilitación estuvieron compuestos por las siguientes personas: Lourdes González-Prieto, directora del Programa de IDEA Internacional en Paraguay; Fernanda Lopes Abreu, experta en Elecciones y Gobernabilidad Democrática del PNUD; Sheila Serrano y Lluís Juan Rodríguez, consultores de IDEA Internacional; y Rosario Gamarra, experta de la Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE) del Perú. A raíz de esta experiencia formativa, Rosario Gamarra recibió su acreditación como facilitadora de taller BRIDGE. Durante las capacitaciones, se discutió sobre la importancia de promover el acceso en los procesos electorales y ampliar los derechos humanos para todos, incluidos los derechos de participación política. Además, se analizaron los obstáculos a la participación efectiva de grupos sub-representados específicos, como la juventud, las mujeres, las personas con discapacidad y los pueblos originarios, así como las estrategias que los organismos electorales y otros actores pueden poner en práctica para superar estas barreras. El último día de los talleres se dedicó a la planificación estratégica; las y los participantes tuvieron la oportunidad de explorar la misión, visión y principios de su propia organización y de desarrollar planes estratégicos para fomentar la participación de estos grupos a través de una administración electoral inclusiva. En las palabras de una participante: “Es tan evidente que trabajar con estos grupos es importante, y aun así son a menudo invisibilizados y silenciados. Es hora de que empecemos a pensar en las elecciones como un derecho para todo el mundo. La democracia solo puede funcionar si los derechos humanos son para todos”. […]
February 2, 2018

Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management

para1Apoyando la igualdad de género en Paraguay a través de la administración electoral Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management Two simultaneous BRIDGE workshops on gender and elections took place in Asunción, Paraguay, from 11 to 13 October 2017. These trainings were organized by International IDEA and UNDP, in partnership with the Electoral Tribunal of Paraguay, and with the support of the European Union. These workshops were aimed at strengthening the capacities of EMB staff and consolidating an institutional culture engaged with equality between men and women in the electoral process. The trainings were mainly addressed to electoral officials and civil society organizations. These were the first BRIDGE workshops ever organized in Paraguay and they took place in the framework of a larger capacity building program for electoral management planned by International IDEA, with the support of the European Union. Moreover, the selection of gender equality as the main topic of the workshops is enrooted in the efforts made by the Electoral Tribunal to promote women’s participation in politics and mainstream gender equality into electoral management. The Gender Policy Unit, created during the first semester of 2017, aims at integrating the gender approach into the EMB’s daily work, and to do so, it is necessary to build internal capacities, sensitizing and training electoral administrators on this issue. The facilitation teams for both simultaneous workshops included the following facilitators: Lourdes González-Prieto, Head of International IDEA’s Paraguay Programme; Aleida Ferreyra, UNDP’s Electoral Policy Specialist; Sheila Serrano and Lluís Juan Rodríguez, International IDEA’s consultants; and Rosario Gamarra, from Peru’s Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE). During the workshops, participants got familiar with gender definitions and discussed the involvement of EMBs and other electoral stakeholders in the promotion of gender equality, the gender dimension of the electoral cycle, voter education strategies to foster women’s political participation, women’s participation in political parties, gender quotas’ effectiveness in relation to electoral systems and many other related topics. The contents debated during the training allowed participants to have a clear view of the obstacles to women’s participation and of the possible strategies to overcome these barriers. Furthermore, participants reflected on the importance of gender equality and how to integrate this democratic principle into their electoral management work. According to the words of one participant: “After the first day of the training, I spent the evening looking for information in the Internet, and I realized that what you taught us is right: gender equality is for everybody, men and women, and not only for women. We should all make sure that we promote equality through our daily work”. ES Apoyando la igualdad de género en Paraguay a través de la administración electoral Dos talleres BRIDGE sobre género y elecciones tuvieron lugar de manera simultánea en Asunción, Paraguay, del 11 al 13 de octubre de 2017. Estas formaciones fueron organizadas por IDEA Internacional y el PNUD, en colaboración con el Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral del Paraguay y con el apoyo de la Unión Europea. Los objetivos de esta iniciativa fueron fortalecer las habilidades profesionales del personal del organismo electoral y consolidar una cultura institucional comprometida con la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres en el proceso electoral. Las formaciones estaban dirigidas principalmente al personal de la Justicia Electoral, así como a representantes de la sociedad civil. Estas fueron las primeras formaciones BRIDGE organizadas en la historia de Paraguay y tuvieron lugar en el marco de un programa más amplio de fortalecimiento de capacidades de la administración electoral puesto en práctica por IDEA Internacional, con el apoyo de la Unión Europea. Además, la elección de la temática de la igualdad de género tiene su origen en los esfuerzos realizados por la Justicia Electoral para promover la participación política de las mujeres e introducir la perspectiva de género de manera transversal en la gestión electoral. La Unidad de Políticas de Género, creada durante el primer semestre de 2017, tiene por objetivo integrar el enfoque de género en el trabajo diario de la administración electoral, y para ello resulta indispensable fortalecer las capacidades internas, a través de la sensibilización y la formación del personal de la Justicia Electoral en este ámbito. Los equipos de facilitación para ambos talleres simultáneos incluyeron a las siguientes personas: Lourdes González-Prieto, directora del Programa de IDEA Internacional en Paraguay; Aleida Ferreyra, especialista en Política Electoral del PNUD; Sheila Serrano y Lluís Juan Rodríguez, consultores de IDEA Internacional; y Rosario Gamarra, experta de la Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE) de Perú. Durante los talleres, se abordaron las definiciones de género y se debatió sobre el rol de los organismos electorales y otros actores electorales en la promoción de la igualdad de género, la perspectiva de género en el ciclo electoral, estrategias de educación electoral para promover la participación política de las mujeres, la participación de las mujeres en los partidos políticos y la efectividad de las cuotas de género con relación a los sistemas electorales. Los contenidos tratados durante la formación permitieron a las y los participantes tener una idea más clara sobre la importancia de la igualdad de género y sobre cómo integrar este principio democrático en el trabajo de la administración electoral. Según las palabras de un participante: “Tras el primer día de formación, pasé la tarde investigando en internet, y llegué a la conclusión de que lo que nos enseñaron es verdad: la igualdad de género es para todos, hombres y mujeres, y no solo para mujeres. Todos deberíamos asegurarnos de promover la igualdad en nuestro trabajo diario”. […]
January 31, 2018

IFES Implements Election Administration & Management BRIDGE Training

August 30 and 31, 2017 IFES BRIDGE facilitators implemented a two-day Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Election Administration and Management workshop for 20 people on August 30 and 31, 2017. The training was attended by 15 IFES headquarters staff, as well as representatives from Elections Canada, International IDEA, US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Elections Assistance Division (UNEAD). IFES offers periodic BRIDGE trainings for staff to provide an opportunity to increase their technical knowledge on topics related to IFES’ work, as well as to learn more about how BRIDGE can be used in support of IFES’ programs. IFES also invited external participants as a way to broaden the impact of the training, to promote connections between and among donors and implementers, and to bring a variety of perspectives to the training. The facilitators incorporated lessons learned from previous in-house BRIDGE trainings, minimizing the number of lectures and emphasizing iterative discussions. Interactive group activities allowed facilitators and participants to approach the material from a practical and hands-on perspective, as well as provided participants a way to and learn from one another through leveraging the varied knowledge and skillsets in the group. The first day of the workshop focused primarily on the functions, structures, roles, and responsibilities of election management bodies (EMBs). As one of the most common and also most central stakeholders in an electoral process, EMBs often play a critical but not well-understood role in the success or failure of an electoral process. Topics addressed included types and responsibilities of EMBs, the roles of EMBs in election management and stakeholder engagement, civic education opportunities for EMBs, and ended with a group activity requiring participants to design an EMB for a fictional country. The second day of the training drilled down into a more detailed discussion of related election administration and management topics, including the electoral cycle and calendar, risk management and planning, and the importance of international networks of electoral practitioners. Although participants came from a variety of professional backgrounds and levels of experience ranging from two months to 20 years, the training enabled participants to learn from the material and from each other. More than 70% of participants indicated an increase in knowledge, and pre- and post-training test scores showed a marked increase in knowledge among most participants; all but one participant found the training to be either very or somewhat useful for their work needs. As one participant said, “I thought it was a great overview. I didn’t expect to do so much creative/interactive work and I loved it.” The workshop was organized and led by Rushdi Nackerdien (South Africa, accrediting facilitator), Ambar Zobairi (USA, fully-accredited facilitator), Eric Hodachok (USA, fully-accredited facilitator), and Suzanne Abdallah (USA, fully-accredited facilitator). […]
February 23, 2017
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Strengthening Civil Society:The BRIDGE conquers sympathies, in Honduras

March 15, 2016
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Widening Perspectives:

The BRIDGE Electoral Observation Workshop and Roundtable, Guyana
March 8, 2016
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Guatemala holds the first workshop on Strategic Planning

Took place in Guatemala City, on 3 and 4 March
August 31, 2015
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IFES Carries Our BRIDGE Orientation Training Series for New Hires

IFES organized and implemented its third one-day BRIDGE orientation training for 16 new employees in early May
February 2, 2015
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IFES Carries Out BRIDGE Election Systems Training for Headquarters Staff

IFES BRIDGE facilitators implemented a two-day BRIDGE Election Systems workshop for 19 employees on 7 and 10 November 2014
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.
February 24, 2013

BRIDGE Arrives in Belize!

Thirty years after independence, the women of Belize are profoundly underrepresented in their government.
October 24, 2012
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A TtF Comes To IFES HQ

As the American summer drew to a close, IFES hosted a small Training of Facilitators Course for some of its staff in Washington D.C.
September 5, 2012

First Regional BRIDGE Workshop held in the Caribbean!

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.
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.
November 22, 2011

UN Gender and Elections Workshop in New York

Elections and gender experts from across the world participated in a UNDP hosted, Gender and Elections workshop in New York City, USA
July 12, 2011

MINUSTAH Electoral Assistance Section Looks to the Post-Electoral Period with first BRIDGE course

Thirty- five members of MINUSTAH’s electoral assistance division spent the week of June 6-10 exploring topics of the BRIDGE
March 30, 2011

Senegal Civil Society Prepares Ahead of the 2012 Elections Using the BRIDGE Curriculum

Gorée Institute, as a BRIDGE and ACE hub for West Africa hosted a four-day modular BRIDGE training (March 24-27, 2011) on the island of Gorée
September 2, 2010
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BRIDGE is Showcased at UN Headquarters

Twenty-nine UN political and development officials came together under the umbrella of BRIDGE
December 17, 2009
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The second BRIDGE TTF in Peru

The second BRIDGE TTF in Peru, and the 4th in Latin America, took place in Lima on 12 – 19 October 2009, two years after the first one. This TtF was supported technically by International IDEA and co-funded by the Jurado Nacional de Elecciones (Peruvian EMB) and IDEA (through a regional BRIDGE project supported by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation in Development, AECID).
December 13, 2009

BRIDGE supports women’s political participation in Peru

 A good two years after BRIDGE was first introduced in Peru (TtF in Nov 2007), BRIDGE came back to this fascinating and complex country in October this year for a series of two BRIDGE Workshops.
August 20, 2009
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BRIDGE returns to Colombia

Just about 6 months after a first TtF was conducted there in December 2008, BRIDGE in Colombia has taken new momentum with the holding of the first Module workshop on "Polling, Counting & Results", in Bogota, from 3 - 6 August. This workshop was held with the technical support of International IDEA and funding from the Registraduria Nacional de Estado Civil (Colombian EMB) and the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development).
December 17, 2008
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The first BRIDGE TtF in Colombia

The first BRIDGE TtF ever conducted in Colombia, and only the 3rd to take place in Latin America, took place in Bogota on 1-6 December with the support of International IDEA. The workshop was co-funded by the Registraduria and IDEA (through a regional BRIDGE project supported by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation in Development, AECID).
August 8, 2008
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BRIDGE for UN and UNDP staff

This training is intended to introduce BRIDGE to UN and UNDP staff, provide a taste of its methodology and content, and demonstrate how BRIDGE can be used as a tool of electoral assistance programming at the country level.
January 1, 2008

Election Basics Come Alive with BRIDGE

Professional training usually does not involve impromptu soccer matches. But there they were: adult men and women engaging in an unexpectedly brutal game in a hotel conference room in Washington, D.C. Unbeknownst to most of the players, this was no ordinary game.
March 13, 2007
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Implementation Workshop: UNEAD

The Implementation workshop was held in Scandinavian House (New York) on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March 2007, with 22 participants and 2 facilitators. The workshop was facilitated by Yvonne Goudie (BRIDGE Project Office) and Deryck Fritz (UNEAD).
December 19, 2006
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A TtF for Latin America

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from 6 to 10 November 2006, International IDEA, the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations and the Spanish Ministry of Interior trained election administrators from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay
December 14, 2005
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Electoral Officials Participate in a BRIDGE Showcase in Bolivia

International IDEA and the Spanish Ministry of Interior held a showcase of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections curriculum (BRIDGE) at the training centre of the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, between September 13 and 16.

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