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BRIDGE Training Course in Addis Ababa

The first ever BRIDGE “Train the Facilitator” course, which is one of the world’s leading training curriculum on the electoral process will gather twenty election administrators from East, West and Central African countries next week for a ten day workshop in Addis Ababa. The training was organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in partnership with African Union’s Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU).

The course started with an opening ceremony held on Monday May 7th 2012 at Renaissance Apartment Hotel. 

“Elections are the largest and most extensive logistical exercise conducted during peacetime involving almost the entire adult population of a state or a nation,” said Dr. Muna Abdalla, Head of IDEA’s African Union Liaison Office in Addis Ababa.

BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) is widely recognized as the leading training curriculum for election administration. The curriculum spans four main areas; the foundation of election administration, electoral stakeholders, operations and electoral architecture.

“Despite the complexity of the task there is no formal university level degree or diploma available for the study of election administration. This is why IDEA and its partners developed this training curriculum specifically to meet the needs of election administrators,” said Muna.

The BRIDGE “Train the Facilitator” course aims at ensuring sustainability in professional development training in the field of elections by transferring the necessary skills to the participants so that they can utilize BRIDGE for their own national training programs.

IDEA and the African Union have been collaborating on a broad program called the Joint Activity Plan (JAP) since 2008, which is anchored in the African Charter on Democracy, Governance and Elections. One of the central components of the JAP is a partnership between IDEA and the African Union Democracy and Electoral Assistance unit (DEAU). The BRIDGE project is part of this collaboration.