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December 2021
 
 

Here we grow again...

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BCI welcomes Ognian Boyadjiev as Senior Advisor. 

A former journalist and political activist in Bulgaria, Ognian has held senior positions with the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in the Middle East and North Africa Region.  He has worked with political parties in Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia and managed cross-country training programmes for young political leaders. 

We first met Ognian when he was a campaign manager in Bulgaria, and we look forward to his contributions to our growing political consulting division.  Welcome, Ognian!

 
 

New Partnership to Support Libyan Women Political Actors

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BCI has recently joined forces with the Women and Youth Empowerment Forum (WYEF) to support women political actors in Libya. We originally came together in anticipation of parliamentary elections in February 2022 to establish a network of Libyan and regional experts available for policy expertise and mentorship for newly elected women parliamentarians. 

Although the election timetable keeps shifting in Libya, women political activists remain resolutely committed to building democratic institutions and advocating for initiatives that advance women’s rights, reform political behaviour and address peace and reconciliation within their communities.  We believe it’s time to go beyond traditional “capacity-building” programmes to fix women to navigate political systems that marginalise so many.  Women in Libya are capable and have the skills.  They will fix the system.  We look forward to working with WYEF in fixing politics to be more inclusive!

 
 
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New Resource: Toolkit

Advocacy is constantly evolving and becoming more spontaneous to navigate complex political environments successfully and adapt to changing and new communications platforms: a campaign in 2021 is not as in 2010. But, still, the underlying principles of planning have not lost their importance. This toolkit offers a combination of examples that illustrate the current trends of in-person and digital advocacy and the core advocacy planning tools that have proven effective over the years. The toolkit is available in English and Arabic.

 
 

New Resource: Arabic-language videos for activists

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As part of our consortium project with IWPR, Media Defence and RSF, we have developed a series of short videos to support activists engaged in promoting and defending freedom of expression.  These Arabic-language videos include tips on ethical storytelling, digital marketing and gender-sensitive programming.  We’ll be loading more on our YouTube channel in the next few weeks. 

If you haven’t already subscribed to our channel, please do so! In 2022, we plan to develop more content to support activists, and we will continue our one-to-one discussions with political actors around the world.

 
 

Finally...

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As we prepare to say farewell (and good riddance!) to 2021, we send our best wishes for a healthy, peaceful and happy new year.

At BCI, we’ve given up hoping for a return to “normal” any time soon, but our fully vaccinated (and mainly boosted) team hopes to travel more next year. Although we have mastered delivering quality programmes by Zoom, nothing beats in-person interactions!  

In 2022 we’ll be paying particular attention to several elections around the world where we’ve been engaged or have personal connections.  Watch this space and our social media channels for updates and commentary on elections in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary, Lebanon, Libya (Insh’Allah), Malta, Ontario, Philippines, Serbia, and Slovenia.