Based on the success of the 2007 BRIDGE training in Cairo, UNDP Egypt, in cooperation with NCHR, and IFES decided to offer further technical assistance to different electoral stakeholders in Egypt
This joint project between UNDP Egypt and NCHR is implemented over 2008 with the following outputs and activities:
a) Strengthening election monitoring unit at the NCHR
B) Develop appropriate course structures and appropriate adaptations of BRIDGE course materials for various stakeholder groups, and sign protocols for their participation.
Deliver BRIDGE training to:
C) Develop election-related documents for NCHR to disseminate:
DAY 1: Introduction, Election Management and Introduction to Electoral Systems
DAYS 2 & 3: Electoral Systems, the choices and their consequences with some comparative experiences especially from the region i.e. Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan. Quota and the principle of representation and electoral reform.
DAYS 4 & 5: Election Management Bodies (EMBs), their forms, roles, credibility, challenges and partners.
Choosing and Producing The Training Materials
BRIDGE version 2 curriculum consists of 23 modules. The Arabic translation process of these modules is in ongoing and will be concluded hopefully by the end of 2009. For that reason, a combination of version 1 (already translated) and version 2 materials was used in this training.
In addition to these materials, the facilitators produced new materials for new activities as well as new background materials covering some of the course topics.
The materials in the participants’ folders were supplemented most effectively with copies of:
Twenty eight persons participated in this workshop. Twenty five of them were researchers from different departments within the People’s Assembly (lower house of the Egyptian Parliament). They were chosen from the following departments:
In addition to the participants from the Parliament, two participants were from the NCHR and one from IFES. Thirteen of the twenty eight participants were women.
The Facilitation Team
Three facilitators participated in the workshop:
All the team members are international facilitators and provided a good mix of local, regional and international experiences and comparative knowledge.
The participants were very satisfied by the workshop. Their daily and final evaluations reflected that. Most of them requested other workshops in different BRIDGE modules. Several participants demanded that the following workshops with the parliament target the same group that attended this workshop, thus deepening the electoral knowledge of a selected group within the Parliament, rather than providing the same modules to different researchers.