International IDEA as part of its ongoing partnership with the Africa Union organised a 5-day BRIDGE Implementation Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa from 15-19 March 2010.
The project is funded by a generous grant from the Australian Government through AusAID. AusAID is a strong supporter of BRIDGE in Africa as well as in other parts of the world.
There were twenty-two participants from 11 countries attended the workshop. Eight were women. The countries represented were:
All participants had prior knowledge and experience of BRIDGE and almost all were semi-accredited BRIDGE facilitators.
Four BRIDGE facilitators participated in the preparation and delivery of this course:
The workshop structure was extended from 3 to 5 days and the agenda followed the following framework (a full workshop agenda is attached to this report as Annex 1):
The agenda of the workshop was considerably amended as previously mentioned. This was necessary for 3 main reasons: 1) to extend the course duration from 3 to 5 days; 2) to focus on practical development of proposals for the participating countries; 3) to integrate and reflect the changes of the Implementation Manual from V1 to V2.
The course was officially opened with a speech from Amb. Mustaq Moorad , Regional Director of Africa and the Middle East, International IDEA and from Mr. Peter Budd, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia.