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Title: Building Resources in Democracy, Governance


1
BRIDGE Project
  • Building Resources in Democracy, Governance
    Elections
  • www.bridge-project.org

2
The BRIDGE Project founding partners are

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New partners joined in March 2007
4
So what is the BRIDGE Project?
  • A professional development course in electoral
    administration because
  • Capable and professional election administrators
    are essential for organising elections, and
    without the skills in place, election processes
    can be undermined
  • to achieve effective, sustainable electoral
    administrations, the development of the capacity
    of the staff needs to be prioritised.

5
A Capacity Building Tool
  • it builds the skills, knowledge and confidence
    of participants
  • it also helps to build a sense of the team
  • it should not be seen as a quick fix for
    electoral management bodies and their
    stakeholders

6
The History of BRIDGE
  • First Expert Advisory Group (EAG) meeting in 1999
  • Project first implemented in 2001in East Timor
  • Till that point there had been few formal
    opportunities available for comprehensive
    professional development in electoral
    administration.

7
Original Aims of BRIDGE
  • to strengthen election administrators capacity
    to conduct their work in an effective and
    efficient manner
  • to enhance electoral administrators
    professionalism
  • to build teams and networks

8
Potential BRIDGE Target Groups
  • Electoral Commissioners
  • EMB Staff
  • Members of the Media
  • Political Parties
  • Parliamentarians
  • Security Forces
  • Civil Society Groups
  • Academics and University Students

9
Tailored to individual needs
  • BRIDGE Project courses need to be carefully
    tailored to the needs of participants and
    organisations
  • This can only be achieved by developing and
    delivering them in partnership with local bodies
    that can contribute to and/or drive the tailoring
    process.

10
BRIDGE Methodology
  • uses content developed by electoral experts from
    around the world
  • is not prescriptive, it encourages participants
    to develop creative and appropriate solutions to
    challenges
  • is activity-based and focuses on practical issues
  • is flexible and adaptable, not designed to be
    used off the shelf

11
Quality assurance
  • BRIDGE can only be conducted by facilitators
    accredited by the BRIDGE Project partners
  • 2 phase of accreditation process
  • 10-day TtF Program
  • Assisted BRIDGE Project Course delivery in the
    field

12
How/where to run BRIDGE?
  • Conducting modules for the nationals of one
    country
  • Conducting modules for an international or
    regional group
  • Conducting modules with or through a partner
    organisation

13
Version 1 modules
1. introduction to electoral administration 6. contestants
2. electoral systems 7. preparation for the electoral event
3. public outreach 8. polling and counting
4. boundary delimitation 9. electoral observers
5. registration of voters 10. strategies for sustainability
14
Expanded Content
  • From 10 Modules to 23 Modules covering all
    aspects of elections
  • Many more examples and case studies from around
    the world
  • New material for each module

15
More International Writers and Editors
16
Addition of Implementation Manual and Workshop
  • Greater implementation guidance and support for
    organisations wanting to use and adapt BRIDGE
    material and courses
  • Implementation Workshop (2-day) course to assist
    implementers, project managers and facilitators
    (for different courses) to implement BRIDGE in
    the most effective way

17
BRIDGE Project statistics
  • To date BRIDGE has been conducted
  • In about 20 countries
  • For over 2000 people from more than 90 countries
  • There are now
  • Over 400 people who have attended Train the
    Facilitator programs
  • Over 120 Fully Accredited BRIDGE Facilitators

18
The BRIDGE Project is fun, whilst
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the hard work is being done
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Thank you!
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