IDEA organises a BRIDGE Implementation Workshop in Pretoria South Africa in March 2010
1 June 2010
International IDEA as part of its ongoing partnership with the Africa Union organised a 5-day BRIDGE Implementation Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa from 15-19 March 2010.
The project is funded by a generous grant from the Australian Government through AusAID. AusAID is a strong supporter of BRIDGE in Africa as well as in other parts of the world.
There were twenty-two participants from 11 countries attended the workshop. Eight were women. The countries represented were:
All participants had prior knowledge and experience of BRIDGE and almost all were semi-accredited BRIDGE facilitators.
Four BRIDGE facilitators participated in the preparation and delivery of this course:
- Margot Gould (International IDEA – Australia)
- Alexandra Hovelacque (Consultant – France)
- Sibongile Zimemo (consultant, South Africa)
- Rushdi Nackerdien (International IDEA – South Africa)
The workshop structure was extended from 3 to 5 days and the agenda followed the following framework (a full workshop agenda is attached to this report as Annex 1):
DAY 1 – Introduction to BRIDGE: its philosophy, content, structure and methodology. How and when to use it in the Electoral cycle.
DAY 2 – Framework and strategy for the implementation of BRIDGE: Needs assessments, scoping, setting objectives and elements of a strategy; Developing your strategy.
DAY 3 – Project design and management: project cycle; identification and formulation; building partnerships; Proposal writing and budgeting; evaluation indicators; advocacy.
DAY 4 – Course implementation and management: planning, agenda design, customization and translation, facilitation, logistics and contingency arrangements; collating materials; timeline and communication plans.
DAY 5 – Introduction to BRIDGE website, Presentations of countries’/regions’ BRIDGE plans, final group oral and written evaluation, closing ceremony and certificates.
The agenda of the workshop was considerably amended as previously mentioned. This was necessary for 3 main reasons: 1) to extend the course duration from 3 to 5 days; 2) to focus on practical development of proposals for the participating countries; 3) to integrate and reflect the changes of the Implementation Manual from V1 to V2.
The course was officially opened with a speech from Amb. Mustaq Moorad , Regional Director of Africa and the Middle East, International IDEA and from Mr. Peter Budd, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia.