Events

December 3, 2008
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Election Adventures in warm and welcoming Darwin

The fifth of the planned BRIDGE modules with staff of Secretariado Tecnico Administracao Eleitoral (STAE) was to have been conducted in Dili in October as were the previous four BRIDGE Modules delivered in 2008. However, whenever an opportunity presents itself it is certainly part of BRIDGE philosophy to 'seize the day'!

November 30, 2008
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Building Mountains – BRIDGE at the top of the World

After a successful scoping mission conducted in August 2007 jointly by UNDP, IDEA and IFES, BRIDGE was recommended to the Electoral Commission of Nepal as a possible capacity development tool.

November 4, 2008

The 8th BRIDGE Project Partner Committee Meeting

The 8th BRIDGE Project Partner committee meeting is being held on Friday 14th November 2008 in Sydney, Australia, to coincide with the third Implementation Manual meeting.
November 4, 2008

Implementation Manual Meeting # 3

The final Bridge (V2) Implementation Manual Meeting (# 3) is being held in Sydney Australia from 10-13 November 2008 at the Australian Electoral Commission State Office.

September 25, 2008
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A Jack of all Trades

BRIDGE participants in Timor-Leste added electoral training to their list of enhanced skills following the successful completion of the Electoral Training Module in Dili from 15th to 18th September 2008.

September 23, 2008
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Joining ACE and BRIDGE together

I watched my bag being lifted over the edge of the ferry into waiting hands, praying that it would not drop into the harbour waters below. For eight days I was resident on the famous Gorée Island, just 1 km and a 30 minute ferry ride off the Dakar coastline in Senegal. For about seven days the small population of Gorée was boosted by 26 participants from ACE regional centres. The regional centres are located in geographically strategic places around the world, acting as regional hubs collecting and processing election-related information.

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.

July 13, 2008
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If the Shoe Fits

BRIDGE often employs learning strategies that use our every day life experiences to introduce us to sometimes complex and difficult electoral issues.

July 1, 2008
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Liberia: Using Bridge with Stakeholders

In a move to become more financially independent from the government and to build trust with stakeholders, the National Elections Commission of Liberia and IFES held an Electoral Democracy Training Conference with key stakeholders using the Bridge Curriculum.

June 29, 2008
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BRIDGE grows in Jordan

From 8 to 12 June 2008 the second BRIDGE course was run in the heat of Aqaba in Jordan. With the blissful setting of the Red Sea in the background the searing temperatures were soon forgotten as 25 participants from the Ministries of Interior and Municipal Affairs got stuck into the Introduction to Election Administration Module.

June 10, 2008
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BRIDGE Workshop Cairo, Egypt

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.

June 4, 2008
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Melbourne Train the Facilitator Course

A dual TTF was conducted in Melbourne in 2008.

May 16, 2008
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The Universal Language of Football

The new Foundation Module, Strategic and Financial Planning was conducted for the first time in Dili East Timor for 27 staff of the Secretariado Técnico De Administração Eleitoral (STAE) and funded through AusAID's East Timor Electoral Capacity Development Project.

March 24, 2008

BRIDGE Train the Facilitators held in Pretoria in March 2008

In Pretoria, South Africa on 3 to 14 March 2008, IDEA in partnership with the South Africa Electoral Commission (IEC) held a 10 day BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course.

January 28, 2008
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Electoral Systems Workshop in Cairo

Since 2005, Egypt has witnessed many reforms in the field of elections. Two of the most significant reforms were the first multi-candidate presidential elections in 2005 and the formation of the independent High Elections Commission (HEC) in 2007. Other reforms included the amendments to 34 articles in the constitution opening the door for further changes in the electoral system.

December 23, 2007

BRIDGE for PIANZEA Members

From December 5-12 the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) network, with funding from AusAID through the Pacific Governance Support Program (PGSP), conducted two BRIDGE Modules in Auckland New Zealand.

The first module, Electoral Observers was run from December 5-7 with the second, Election Disputes Resolution, being conducted from December 10-12.

December 23, 2007

BRIDGE Returns to its Roots in East Timor

BRIDGE was first delivered in East Timor back in 2001, with Paul Guerin and Ross Attrill developing and delivering the very first modules. After a six-year break BRIDGE returned to the place it first started, with the delivery of two Introduction to Electoral Administration Modules conducted in Dili 6 December and 11 - 14 December).

October 9, 2007
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BRIDGE in the Cook Islands

BRIDGE came to Polynesia in September, following successful courses in Micronesia and Melanesia, when the Cook Islands hosted the Voter Information module. Participants from Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Niue joined their Cook Islands hosts at the Edgewater Resort for the four-day course.

March 27, 2007
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Preparing for the May 2007 elections in Armenia

The parliamentary elections to be held in Armenia on 12 May 2007 will be an important indicator of democratic progress. Between 19 February and 2 March 2007, International IDEA and the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) in Armenia trained 29 persons (including 27 from Armenia and 2 from abroad) to become professional and ethical trainers in (BRIDGE Train the Facilitator Course) electoral administration in Yerevan, Armenia.

March 27, 2007
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Looking for Melanesian Solutions to Melanesian Problems

Voter registration poses some very significant challenges for the Melanesian electoral management bodies (EMBs) of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. These Melanesian EMBs are challenged by a widely dispersed population spread across some of the worlds most remote and rugged terrain.

January 26, 2007

BRIDGE Train The Facilitator, Stockholm Jan 29 – Feb 9 2007

International IDEA, a founding partner of the BRIDGE Project, has organised a "Train the Facilitators" in Stockholm Sweden from Monday 29 January - Friday 9 February 2007. The course is being facilitatoed by 3 IDEA staff members, Margot Gould, Maria Gratchew and Emad Yousef. The fourth facilitator is Therese Pearce Laanela, former IDEA staff member and currently working as one of the contributors to BRIDGE Version 2. Ossama Kamel from IFES Egypt is co-facilitating the course to finish his accreditation as a BRIDGE facilitator.

October 8, 2006
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Training of Facilitators in Luanda, Angola

In November 2005, Angola 2000 was appointed the umbrella organization for the Plataforma Nacional da Sociedade Civil Angolana para as Elieções (PNASCAE), a permanent body composed of civil society organisations involved in electoral processes. In December 2005, the President of the PNASCAE and Director of Angola 2000 requested SaferAfrica’s technical and financial assistance for capacity building of members of the PNASCAE. Angola 2000 and SaferAfrica have a Memorandum of Understanding that covers cooperation in the field of peace, security and good governance. SaferAfrica agreed to provide financial and technical assistance to the PNASCAE and to assist in the fundraising for the additional training.

September 26, 2006
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BRIDGE TtF in Dhaka – Bangladesh

Based on a request form the Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) to implement a BRIDGE program in Bangladesh, a BRIDGE TtF Program was held in Dhaka city from 11 – 21 September 2006, organized by the BEC - Electoral Training Institute and jointly funded by the Australian High Commission (AHC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangladesh.

August 14, 2006
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BRIDGE TtF in Suva

The fifteenth BRIDGE Train the Facilitator course was held in Suva, Fiji from 17-28 July 2006, organised by the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The course was run under the auspices of PIANZEA, and funded by AusAID's Pacific Governance Support Program, with the aim of training a solid group of regional BRIDGE facilitators to support the growth of BRIDGE in the Pacific in the next five years.

July 22, 2006
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Trainers Learn to Interact

Electoral officers have been encouraged to interact more with people they hold training discussions with as part of a new mode of learning.The Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections trainers course (BRIDGE) is a participatory project that allows everyone to be part of the training, said Elections Officer Ilisapeci Natau. 

May 4, 2006

BRIDGE Scoping in South Asia

AUSAID have provided funding for BRIDGE scoping missions in South Asia.Between May 9 to 19 Ross Attrill will travel to Bangladesh and Bhutan, with the aim of designing an appropriate capacity building program for electoral administration in each country based on the BRIDGE Project.

April 20, 2006
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BRIDGE for civil society organisations in Angola

The first BRIDGE training workshop for election-related civil society organisations was held March 6 - 17, 2006 at SaferAfrica, 173 Beckett Street Arcadia in Pretoria, South Africa. This was aimed at building the enabling capacity of the Plataforma Electoral Angolana [This is a coalition of Angola-based civil society organisation involved in the electoral process in Angola] to play an effective role in the electoral process in Angola. To achieve this aim, the training focused on selected components of the BRIDGE modules. The training was conducted in both English and Portuguese. This ABRIDGE workshop was funded and coordinated by SaferAfrica[SaferAfrica (www.saferafrica.org) is an independent, professional, non-profit association which assists in the development of responsible and self-reliant good governance structures in the South in peace and security] based in South Africa. The training was facilitated by Theophilus Dowetin with Kenneth Mpyisi as co-facilitator.

March 14, 2006
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Solomon Islanders become BRIDGE Consultants

Two Solomon Islanders who have been working on the Civic Education Project (CEP) have been selected to work with curriculum writers from around the world to write version 2 of the Building Resources In Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) manuals. Audrey Manu, the CEP National Coordinator and Tina Harihiru, one of the CEP Provincial Team Coordinators for Malaita were two of the three writers who wrote the curriculum for the Civic Education Project. The third writer was Linda Puia Tamaika.

The CEP has just completed its second Phase across the country.

February 11, 2006
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BRIDGE in Afghanistan 2005

ABRIDGE Development

In the course of the 2005 Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan, developing a professional Capacity Building Program for the JEMB and JEMBS staff to run follow up elections in the future became one of its key priorities for JEMB. It was recognized that the building of a strong and stable Electoral Administration capacity in this country is a very important task in order to conduct credible Elections. To sustain the Electoral Administration in developing democracies, it is significant for Electoral Administration staff to be properly trained and supported.

February 10, 2006
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BRIDGE for District Electoral Officers in Ghana

Ghana District Officers Group

A BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) training course in English was held in Accra, Ghana from December 1 - 9, 2005 for newly recruited District Electoral Officers of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The Commission is scheduled to conduct nationwide Local Government Elections in 2006.

February 9, 2006
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Fiji Elections Office focuses on team

Fiji Times Online www.fijitimes.com

THE Elections Office is focusing on building a strong team of certified electoral administrators to face the challenge of conducting a transparent and fair election.

The training program is organised by the Democracy and Electoral Studies (DSP) Program of the Institute of Governance at USP and is being run in partnership with the Elections Office and the Australian Electoral Commission.

January 3, 2006
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HYBRIDGE in Yemen

Facilitators of the Yemen Course
The first SCER Professional Development Course (PDC) was conducted for 35 upper and middle managers of the SCER secretariat at the Taj Sheba Hotel, Sana, Republic of Yemen, 19-30 November 2005. The facilitation team were Ross Attrill (Australia - Co-ordinator), Nicolas Garrigue (France - International expert), Alexandra Hovelaque (France International expert), Emad Yousef (Jordan International expert), Sami Ahmed Al-Othari (SCER General Manager, Training and Development Centre) and Bushra Ahmed Al-Shari (UNDP Yemen).

December 14, 2005
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A BRIDGE Train the Facilitator in Melbourne

TtF returned to Melbourne in May 2005 and drew participants from a wide range of countries. This is an extract from a case study included in the AEC's 2004-2005 Annual Report:

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.

November 25, 2005
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The first Train the Facilitator in West Africa

Ghana welcomed BRIDGE in August 2005 when a Train the Facilitator (TtF) course was held in Accra, the first TtF run in West Africa. This course was co-organised by IDEA and the Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA) and trained 26 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana and the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP). These facilitators are now accredited to provide electoral management training in the region.

October 2, 2004

A Train the Facilitator in Pretoria – October 2004

Over the last 15 years Electoral assistance providers have gradually begun to recognize that the building of a strong and stable electoral administration capacity in-country is more important than providing ad hoc electoral assistance from outside. One of the central components of IDEA's work in supporting capacity building of election management bodies in Africa is through the use of our BRIDGE Electoral Administrators Training Course.

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