ECES and/or ECES members individually are contracted to contribute to training programmes funded and implemented by other projects, organisations or institutes such as:
- Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed, in August 2015, between ECES and the Mexico City's Electoral Institute - Instituto Electoral del Districto Federal (IEDF), the European Centre for Electoral Support carried out 3 LEAD - Leadership and Confict Management Trainings in Mexico City. These trainings have been organised jointly by the IEDF and the Electoral Prosecutor's Office (Físcalia Especializadapara la Atención a los Delitos Electorales - FEPADE).
- In partnership with the Geneva Center for Security Policy, ECES contributed to the Comprehensive Peacebuilding Course for the 21st Century. The Geneva Center for Security Policy conducts the course in partnership with Swiss peace and brings together individuals working in the eld of peacebuilding from governments, civil society organisations, international organisations and the private sector.
- Following the participation of ECES to the 2nd A-WEB General Assembly and conference in Dominican Republic and the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between ECES and the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), a series of LEAD trainings will be organised to further strengthen the capacities of A-WEB members, namely high officials of EMBs from all over the world.
- DIPLOCAT Election Observation Training, Barcelona, Spain: the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) teamed up with ECES and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC), to design and conduct a DIPLOCAT Election Observation (DEO) training for Catalonia’s citizens.
- Conference: “The Economic and Politic Transition in the Arab Countries of the EU Southern Neighbourhood Area” (La transition politique et économique dans les pays arabes du voisinage Sud de l’UE), Brussels, Belgium: ECES and the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations organised this seminar within the context of the work of the Research Group of the Institute for European Studies of Saint-Louis University - Brussels.
- Second General Assembly of the RECEF (Réseau des Compétences Electorales Francophones), Bamako, Mali: ECES representatives were invited to the event, followed by a two-day seminar on the "Consolidation and Professionalization of Electoral Management Bodies".
- Conference: "Developments in the countries of the Arab Spring: What political and economic progress can be expected? What is the role of the EU and its policies?", Brussels, Belgium: Saint-Louis University – Brussels and ECES organised this seminar at the University Institute for European Studies with the aim of bringing together high-level experts to review developments in the Arab countries, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
- Debate on the recommendations of EU Election Observation Missions, Brussels, Belgium: The European Parliament invited ECES, at its request, to participate in the debate focusing of the recommendations formulated by EU Election Observation Missions. On this occasion, ECES representative illustrated how the recommendations of the EU Election Observation Missions are perceived and implemented by EMBs.
Several ECES staff members are also BRIDGE accrediting and accredited facilitators. Consequenlty, as capacity development component of its projects that ensures ownership and sustainability, ECES also delivers BRIDGE specific modules and BRIDGE Train the Facilitators (TtF) workshops though it externally hired BRIDGE experts.
BRIDGE stands for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections. It is a modular professional development program with a particular focus on electoral processes. BRIDGE represents a unique initiative where five leading organisations in the democracy and governance field, namely the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), International IDEA, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD), have jointly committed to develop, implement and maintain the most comprehensive curriculum and workshop package available, designed to be used as a tool within a broader capacity development framework.
BRIDGE has four main objectives:
- To promote internationally accepted principles of democracy and good electoral practice
- To enhance the skills and confidence of stakeholders in the electoral process
- To increase the awareness of tools and resources available for the building and maintaining of a sustainable electoral culture
- To develop a support network for stakeholders in electoral processes and encourage a culture of sharing information and experiences
The BRIDGE curriculum is a comprehensive professional development tool that endeavours to cover all aspects of the electoral process and its effective administration. It has been written by a large international team of experienced democracy professionals and includes major sections on stakeholders in the electoral process, underlying 24 themes such as integrity and gender, and in-depth exploration of complex issues relating to credibility, ethics and institutional culture. The curriculum concentrates on underlying principles for well-run elections while drawing on practical examples from around the world. It does not seek to prescribe any one model for implementing those principles, but rather encourages participants to learn from the diverse examples presented. Some modules focus on developing skills and concepts that are important to everyday election administration work, while others focus on exploring structural, ethical or social issues.
Each module includes examples of activities, literature, case studies, election materials and multimedia resources. It provides access to and draws from resources such as the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network, IDEA handbooks and manuals and literature from organisations such as the European Commission or the United Nations. It also offers access to regional and global electoral networks. The materials of the BRIDGE curriculum are designed for use in face to face workshops run by accredited BRIDGE facilitators using adult learning methodology.
For more information, please visit the dedicated website of BRIDGE.