IFES The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports citizens' right to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to promote sustainable democracy.
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As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by:

Providing technical assistance to election officials
Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process
Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle

Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 135 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by:

Providing technical assistance to election officials
Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process
Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle

Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 135 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

Ahead of #Mexico’s largest single-day election on June 6, IFES and INE México reaffirmed our partnership to support elec...
06/17/2021
IFES and Mexico’s National Electoral Institute to Support Elections and Democracy Across Latin America

Ahead of #Mexico’s largest single-day election on June 6, IFES and INE México reaffirmed our partnership to support elections and address threats to democracy across Latin America and globally.

The partnership pairs INE’s strong track record of election administration and widespread respect within the region with IFES’ long history of global experience and established network.

On May 18, 2021, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Electoral Institute (INE) of Mexico announced a renewed collaboration to strengthen the capacity of electoral institutions across Latin America to hold credible elections and combat threats to democracy such....

IFES is pleased to announce that Corinna Lawrence has joined the IFES team as director of development! Welcome to the IF...
06/16/2021
Corinna Lawrence, Director, Development

IFES is pleased to announce that Corinna Lawrence has joined the IFES team as director of development!

Welcome to the IFES family, Corinna!

Corinna Lawrence is the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) director of development. She is a seasoned professional with 12 years of experience in the international development sector, including 10 years of experience delivering the full range of business development activities....

How can states better utilize peer reviews to combat corruption?IFES’ new tool – Piercing the Veil – is a guide for tran...
06/16/2021
Piercing the Veil: Using Peer Reviews in the Fight Against Corruption

How can states better utilize peer reviews to combat corruption?

IFES’ new tool – Piercing the Veil – is a guide for transforming analysis into action by walking readers through practical activities to drive meaningful change. #UNGASS2021 #anticorruption
U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) The CEELI Institute

In recent decades, states have increasingly used peer review mechanisms to evaluate their compliance with international anti-corruption standards and commitments. Immense effort and technical skill go into producing these evaluations, which generally culminate in reports that identify gaps and recom...

“IFES believes the full engagement of women with disabilities in political life is key to sustainable development and le...
06/15/2021
IFES Joins Inclusive Generation Equality Collective

“IFES believes the full engagement of women with disabilities in political life is key to sustainable development and leads to more inclusive outcomes for all citizens.” – IFES’ Virginia Atkinson

Full endorsement of the Statement of Inclusive #GenerationEquality Collective 👇

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has signed on to endorse the Statement of the Inclusive Generation Equality Collective, a group of feminists with disabilities and advocates for gender and disability rights and justice around the world. One in five women in the world has a d...

"Voters everywhere need and deserve strong, independent oversight of money in politics.” -IFES President and CEO Tony Ba...
06/14/2021
Head of Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention and IFES President Discuss Political Finance

"Voters everywhere need and deserve strong, independent oversight of money in politics.” -IFES President and CEO Tony Banbury

Congrats to Ukraine's National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) on the launch of an innovative new political finance tool. Together, we will continue to work toward greater #transparency in elections.

On June 9, Chairperson of Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP), Oleksandr Novikov, and President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Anthony Banbury, met and discussed the important role of the NACP and other independent oversight institutions...

IFES is proud to work with partners like MyRight Sri Lanka, Christian Blind Mission - CBM Sri Lanka, Centre for Monitori...
06/11/2021
Making Electoral Processes in Sri Lanka More Inclusive

IFES is proud to work with partners like MyRight Sri Lanka, Christian Blind Mission - CBM Sri Lanka, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) & Peoples’ Action for Free and Fair Elections to make electoral processes in #SriLanka more inclusive.

It has been five years since Sri Lanka ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which enshrines the rights of people with disabilities and commits countries to recognizing and guaranteeing these rights. However, Sri Lankans with disabilities still fac...

Political finance transparency is both high risk and high reward.  IFES and The CEELI Institute offer their expert recom...
06/10/2021
Political Finance Transparency: Tools and Impact

Political finance transparency is both high risk and high reward.
IFES and The CEELI Institute offer their expert recommendations for opening up data on money in politics

USAID - US Agency for International Development

Transparent political finance systems reinforce a level electoral playing field and reduce the risk of corruption and undue influence – but monitoring donations, state subsidies and how parties and candidates spend their money can raise considerable challenges. To identify good practices and innov...

The Zero Corruption Conference (Democracy in Action) is happening now with Ukrainian President Zelensky, US Secretary of...
06/07/2021
Zero Corruption Conference 2021

The Zero Corruption Conference (Democracy in Action) is happening now with Ukrainian President Zelensky, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, USAID Administrator Ambassador Samantha Power, several US Senators and other leaders for democracy from around the world.

Don't miss the discussion on democratic resilience through elections featuring IFES’ Peter Erben tomorrow at 8:40 am EDT/UTC-4.

On April 21, 2019 Zelensky was elected president of Ukraine with an impressive 73 percent of the vote. In a March 2019 interview with Der Spiegel, Zelensky stated he went into politics to restore trust in politicians and that he wanted «to bring professional, decent people to power» and «would re...

This Sunday, Peruvians will vote for their next president in runoffs from the April 11 elections. IFES supports ONPE Ofi...
06/03/2021

This Sunday, Peruvians will vote for their next president in runoffs from the April 11 elections. IFES supports ONPE Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales - Perú and Jurado Nacional de Elecciones del Perú on voter education and electoral official training so that all can vote safely and confidently. #VotemosPerú

Learn more 👇
https://www.ifes.org/news/amid-second-covid-19-wave-peruvians-gear-polls-sunday

This Sunday, Peruvians will vote for their next president in runoffs from the April 11 elections. IFES supports ONPE Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales - Perú and Jurado Nacional de Elecciones del Perú on voter education and electoral official training so that all can vote safely and confidently. #VotemosPerú

Learn more 👇
https://www.ifes.org/news/amid-second-covid-19-wave-peruvians-gear-polls-sunday

As democracies decline and political crises & conflicts rise around the globe, how can democracy and governance programs...
06/03/2021
Event: Overcoming Challenges to Democracy and Governance Programs in Post-Conflict Countries

As democracies decline and political crises & conflicts rise around the globe, how can democracy and governance programs be more effective in post-conflict regions?

Join IFES & the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, Wednesday, June 9 at 10 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 for a virtual discussion
USAID - US Agency for International Development

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 RSVP The quality of democracies around the globe is declining while political crises and conflicts are worsening in several regions. This context makes democracy and governance assistance both increasingly difficult and ever more crucial. In conflict and....

Unregulated $$$ in politics corrupts and undermines the democratic process. Introducing IFES’ new original whiteboard vi...
06/03/2021
IFES | How Unregulated Money in Politics Corrupts: A Whiteboard Video

Unregulated $$$ in politics corrupts and undermines the democratic process.

Introducing IFES’ new original whiteboard video that explains how money corrupts – and how to clean it up. #UNGASS2021 #anticorruption

Unregulated money in politics corrupts and undermines the democratic process.Breaking the link between money in politics and corruption requires dedicated ef...

06/03/2021

INVITATION TO VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH| Join AJJF in partnership with USAID, IFES1987 & CEPPS in our book launch - "Budding Democracy or Judicialisation: Lessons from Africa's Emerging Electoral Jurisprudence"

Date: 4 June 2021 Time: 14:30 CAT

Register in advance: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vwsNBMKtQTCDrCb9hMmU5g

Please join us for this virtual event today.
06/01/2021
Join UN Side Event on Anti-Corruption

Please join us for this virtual event today.

Piercing the Veil: Why Peer Review Fails Tuesday, June 1, 20211:00-2:00 p.m. EDT/UTC-4 Global standards like the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) have been crucial in combating corruption. UNCAC was a watershed and the first time that the UN used a peer review mechanism. The peer...

#Belarus has been in crisis since the controversial August 2020 presidential election. Join IFES, International IDEA, De...
05/28/2021
International Conference: "Democratic Elections to Solve the Crisis in Belarus"

#Belarus has been in crisis since the controversial August 2020 presidential election. Join IFES, International IDEA, Democracy Reporting International and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on June 1-2 from 15:00-18:00 GMT+3 for “Democratic Elections to Solve the Crisis in Belarus.”

The virtual conference will be simultaneously interpreted into Belarusian, English and Russian.

June 1-2, 202115:00-18:00 GMT+3 or 8:00-11:00 GMT-4 RSVP The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is honored to co-host an international conference on “Democratic Elections to Solve the Crisis in Belarus,” from June 1-2 in cooperation with International IDEA, Democracy Reporting...

Conflict and violence monitoring and early warning systems can save lives.Overlooking gender in those systems, however, ...
05/17/2021
How Gender-Sensitive Indicators Can Improve Early Warning for Violence and Conflict Prevention: A New Global Framework

Conflict and violence monitoring and early warning systems can save lives.

Overlooking gender in those systems, however, risks ignoring norms or behaviors that contribute to violence.

To address these gaps, IFES and the United States Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations developed a Global Framework for Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Early Warning of Violence and Conflict.

Learn more at our upcoming event, Wed., May 26, 9:30-11:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-4

Wednesday, May 26, 20219:30-11:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 Conflict and violence monitoring and early warning systems can save lives. Despite the recognized links between gender inequality and risks of conflict and instability, the integration of gender-sensitive indicators in early warning systems has been i...

Join our team building democracies that deliver for all!We have openings on our Business Development, Finance, HR and Pr...
05/14/2021
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Join our team building democracies that deliver for all!

We have openings on our Business Development, Finance, HR and Programs teams among others, with new jobs posted frequently:

Employment Opportunities Our experienced staff provides technical assistance in rule of law, election administration, civil society, good governance and applied research, among other topics. IFES values diversity and strives to employ a workforce from varying cultural, ethnic and religious backgroun...

On April 11, Peruvians voted in general elections – elections marked by unusual circumstances, particularly Peru’s deadl...
05/10/2021
Amid Second COVID-19 Wave, Peruvians Gear Up for Polls Sunday

On April 11, Peruvians voted in general elections – elections marked by unusual circumstances, particularly Peru’s deadly second wave of #COVID19 infections.

Learn more about the process, context and challenges

On Sunday, April 11, Peruvians will elect the next president, two vice presidents, 130 parliamentarians and their five representatives to the Andean Parliament for 2021-26. The 2021 elections are marked by unusual circumstances, particularly Peru’s deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections. The el...

Judges are under increasing public scrutiny and political pressure when deciding election cases. How are they responding...
05/07/2021
IFES: A Global Judicial Dialogue and Launch of Online Election Judgments Tool

Judges are under increasing public scrutiny and political pressure when deciding election cases.

How are they responding? What is the appropriate role for them in pre- and post-election disputes? What are common themes emerging from election judgments around the world?

If you missed our recent event bringing in prominent experts and judges from Africa, Europe, the U.S. and Latin America to address these questions, you can still catch the recording

In the unique context of elections, where power, governance and stability may be at stake, judges are coming under increasing public scrutiny and political p...

Introducing the Engaged Citizen university course in #Armenia – an approach to civic education adapted and contextualize...
05/06/2021
Engaged Citizen: A New Interactive Course for Armenian University Students

Introducing the Engaged Citizen university course in #Armenia – an approach to civic education adapted and contextualized to the history, experiences and current realities of the Armenian people.

Video of IFES Armenia: Engaged Citizen University Course The Engaged Citizen university course is a new civic education activity implemented within the framework of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ “Strengthening Electoral Processes and Political Accountability in Armenia” p...

While #COVID19 has brought into focus long-standing obstacles to electoral integrity, it has also highlighted the abilit...
05/05/2021
Webinar: Democratic Resilience After One Year of the Pandemic

While #COVID19 has brought into focus long-standing obstacles to electoral integrity, it has also highlighted the ability of democratic institutions to withstand and adapt to enduring and emerging challenges.

Watch our webinar on democratic resilience #COVIDxDemocracy

One year ago, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The pandemic has reached further than many of us expected and changed countless aspects of global society, including electoral processes and how democratic systems have had to adapt to overcome these new challenges. On....

#Tunisia has undergone major political and institutional transitions in the last 10 years, leaving many struggling to un...
05/04/2021
Leveraging New Technologies to Make Civic and Electoral Information Accessible to All Tunisians

#Tunisia has undergone major political and institutional transitions in the last 10 years, leaving many struggling to understand the changes. This is especially true among marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities and young people.

To combat the loss of confidence, disillusionment and apathy that have followed, IFES and the USAID - US Agency for International Development introduce the New Tech Inclusive Democracy Exhibit. The innovative exhibit features augmented and virtual reality and interactive videos, created with those who feel excluded from the political process in mind. Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening #COVIDxDemocracy

In the last 10 years, Tunisia has undergone major political and institutional transformations, most notably the adoption of the 2014 Constitution, which established a new system of government and decentralized power. Simultaneously, however, Tunisians have limited opportunities to learn about the ne...

Today as we mark #WorldPressFreedomDay, IFES remains committed to supporting journalists and social media influencers wi...
05/03/2021

Today as we mark #WorldPressFreedomDay, IFES remains committed to supporting journalists and social media influencers with tools to combat COVID-19 misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and hate speech.

“Journalists play an ultimate role in publishing information that must be true and does not influence panic and chaos.” – Participant in IFES training in Tonga with Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) International Development and the USAID - US Agency for International Development via the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening

Today as we mark #WorldPressFreedomDay, IFES remains committed to supporting journalists and social media influencers with tools to combat COVID-19 misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and hate speech.

“Journalists play an ultimate role in publishing information that must be true and does not influence panic and chaos.” – Participant in IFES training in Tonga with Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) International Development and the USAID - US Agency for International Development via the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening

Welcome USAID Administrator Power! We look forward to your leadership and partnership in advancing democracy, human righ...
05/03/2021

Welcome USAID Administrator Power! We look forward to your leadership and partnership in advancing democracy, human rights and governance worldwide!

Welcome USAID Administrator Power! We look forward to your leadership and partnership in advancing democracy, human rights and governance worldwide!

How has #COVID19 aggravated existing challenges to election administration?IFES expert Fernanda Buril weighs in. #COVIDx...
05/03/2021
New Symptoms, Old Disease: How COVID-19 Has Aggravated Long-Standing Challenges of Election Administration

How has #COVID19 aggravated existing challenges to election administration?
IFES expert Fernanda Buril weighs in. #COVIDxDemocracy

When it became clear, in early 2020, that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic would not be limited to public health and economic sectors, but would also threaten the health of democracies, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) marshalled new and long-standing partnerships and un...

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