Evaluation of the Impact of the BRIDGE Program in Nepal

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Following a joint International IDEA, IFES and UNDP needs assessment mission in 2007, the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) embarked on what was to become an ambitious, 10-year implementation of the BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) professional development course. Nepal and the ECN are unique in the world in that they have had the longest, continuous relationship with BRIDGE and have used it in an effort to build capacity of ECN staff and positive working relationships with numerous electoral stakeholders in Nepal. The following is an evaluation of BRIDGE in Nepal, both to assess its impacts in Nepal, but also to explore ways in which BRIDGE’s impacts can be properly assessed wherever it is used.