Statistics as of December 2013
|Number of BRIDGE Workshops / Events to date:||931|
|Number of TtF workshops:||123|
|Number of countries that have hosted a BRIDGE workshop:||93|
|Approximate number of participants attending a BRIDGE workshop:||18,620|
|Number of BRIDGE facilitators:||2,564|
|Number of nationalities represented amongst BRIDGE facilitators:||141|
|Number of Expert facilitators:||27|
|Number of Accrediting facilitators:||64|
|Number of Workshop facilitators:||648|
|Number of Semi-Accredited facilitators:||1,092|
|Number of Semi-Accredited Inactive facilitators:||733|
|Number of female facilitators:||1,070|
|Number of male facilitators:||1,494|
BRIDGE Workshops and Events
After the record-breaking number of workshops in 2012, BRIDGE activity settled down a little with the end of some major programmes in Indonesia and Bangladesh and reduced activity in other areas. Africa led the way with 102 of the year's 165 workshops run there. Eastern Europe was also active and work remained steady in the Middle East.
The Introduction module continues to be the most popular module run, although the Gender and Civic modules were not far behind in 2013. Customised workshops taking in multiple modules continued to grow - this is great to see, with facilitators confident about customising workshops to suit their audience.
There has been steady growth in the ranks of BRIDGE facilitators with 2,564 now listed on the BRIDGE facilitator database. Of these, nearly 30 per cent are fully accredited at Workshop status or above. Our Expert and Accrediting facilitators were kept busy, with 168 new Workshop facilitators accredited in 2013. This compares to 143 in 2012 and 134 in 2011.
The BRIDGE Office also implemented a cleanup of the database in 2013 with all facilitators trained prior to 2010 who were still Semi-Accredited being made inactive. This accounts for 29 per cent of all BRIDGE facilitators.
The gender balance crept a little further towards equality with 42 per cent of all BRIDGE facilitators being female (compared to 40 per cent a year before). Gender balance continues to be a priority for implementers putting together facilitation teams. The increase in interest in the Gender & Elections module has also been positive.
Africa leads the way for facilitators as well as workshops. Some great programs are commencing or underway in the region, with some great activity in the francophone and lusophone countries. Asia, Oceania and the Middle East also have significant cohorts, reflecting the broader regional and national programs run there. Europe is also well-represented, reflecting the training of European-based organisations such as IDEA and the growing activity in Eastern Europe.
The breakdown by country reflects those which have dedicated BRIDGE programs and the high level of interest in Africa.
The top six languages spoken by BRIDGE facilitators are: