BRIDGE: A Course on Electoral Processes

In 2010 the global training curriculum for election administrators Building Resources for Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE), won the UN Public Service Award in the category Improving the delivery of public services for contributing towards more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.

Developed in 2000, the comprehensive BRIDGE training curriculum with its 24 modules and coupled with a facilitator accreditation programme, is the result of partnership between five organizations:  the Australian Electoral Commission, the UN Electoral Assistance Division, the UN Development Programme, the International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), and International IDEA.

BRIDGE is not only a skills development programme, but also increases knowledge and seeks to address attitudes in order to improve the quality of elections administration and management.

The course is broken up into modules, which were developed by practitioners and experts across the globe. It is therefore highly adaptable to any political and cultural setting.

It emphasizes the principles underlying all properly run elections, while drawing practical examples from different countries. An interactive approach is used for learning since peer-learning and sharing experiences with other participants is an essential part of the training.

BRIDGE does not only focus on elections but also on democracy and governance (DG BRIDGE), which can be used to complement the elections curriculum and cater for more varied audiences through dialogue on democracy or governance issues at a local level. In this case, IDEA has cooperated closely with the Australian Electoral Commission to assist in rolling out DG BRIDGE in Asia-Pacific and now in Africa.

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