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“We really fight for our common victory against this tyranny,” Zelensky said. “And we will win, and I really want [to] w...
12/22/2022
Zelensky’s visit yields remarkable moment for two presidents

“We really fight for our common victory against this tyranny,” Zelensky said. “And we will win, and I really want [to] win together.” He paused before correcting himself. “Not ‘want.’ Sorry,” he said. “I’m sure.”

Yesterday, President Zelenskyy met with President Biden and addressed Congress in Washington. In public comment, he acknowledged U.S. support for Ukrainian democracy in the face of Russia's unlawful occupation.

Zelensky left his war-battered country for the first time. Biden marked his efforts to renew U.S. leadership. Wednesday' visit was a remarkable moment for two presidents.

“The most important lesson that I learned was that anyone, any citizen, regardless of age, with the proper know-how and ...
12/22/2022
Getting Results on the Bureaucratic Merry-Go-Round in Armenia | IFES - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

“The most important lesson that I learned was that anyone, any citizen, regardless of age, with the proper know-how and motivation, can address any community issue or need through perseverance and hard work,”

See the impact the Engaged Citizen course is having in . IFES Armenia

The Engaged Citizen is a civic education course made possible by the support of USAID as part of the Strengthening Electoral Processes and Political Accountability in Armenia (SEPPA) project implemented by IFES. Participant Lilit Petrosyan shares the program's impact.

Today President Zelenskyy will meet with President Biden and address a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In June, we h...
12/21/2022
Amb. Oksana Markarova Accepts IFES Democracy Award on behalf of President Volodymyr Zelensky

Today President Zelenskyy will meet with President Biden and address a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In June, we honored President Zelenskyy at our Democracy Awards Dinner and welcomed Amb. Oksana Markarova to speak on his behalf. Listen to her important words.

Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova Accepts IFES Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award on behalf of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens...

The IFES Voice hit inboxes this morning. Stay informed about the impact of our work globally. This month's issue tackled...
12/21/2022

The IFES Voice hit inboxes this morning. Stay informed about the impact of our work globally. This month's issue tackled the complexities of anti-corruption work, young people in North Macedonia creating space for themselves and how IFES' disability and inclusion work has been recognized by the Zero Project. Read the latest edition and never miss an issue by hitting subscribe! https://www.ifes.org/ifes-voice

“The return to my home country made me realize that I was and still am not the only one that was thinking this way and w...
12/19/2022
MySpace!: A Place of Yes | IFES - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

“The return to my home country made me realize that I was and still am not the only one that was thinking this way and was willing to get involved in my community,” Jachevska, 26, said. “I met other peers and young people that shared this reality. They all needed a safe place, encouragement and guidance.”

MySpace! is a community youth space in North Macedonia backed by Support to Electoral Reforms in North Macedonia, a project of the Government of Switzerland implemented by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

12/16/2022
LIVE NOW: A Conversation with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Join USIP, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems for an in-person conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. The discussion will reflect on the legacy of his administration, his leadership in bringing the Electoral Act of 2022 into fruition and his promise to leave a legacy of credible elections in which the Nigerian people will be free to choose their leaders.

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/conversation-nigerian-president-muhammadu-buhari

A Conversation with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
12/16/2022
A Conversation with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

A Conversation with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Join USIP, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems for a conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

Photos from IFES Georgia's post
12/16/2022

Photos from IFES Georgia's post

Tomorrow, Dec. 16,  IFES and our partners at United States Institute of Peace, National Democratic Institute , Internati...
12/15/2022
A Conversation with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Tomorrow, Dec. 16, IFES and our partners at United States Institute of Peace, National Democratic Institute , International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Endowment for Democracy will be joined by President Buhari of Nigeria for reflections on Africa's largest democracy. Register to be a part of this important discussion.

IFES joins USIP, IRI, NDI and the NED for a conversation with President Buhari of Nigeria.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Tunisians will elect the lower house of Parliament, the Assembly of the Representatives of the Peo...
12/15/2022
Elections in Tunisia: 2022 Parliamentary Elections

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Tunisians will elect the lower house of Parliament, the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP). These are the first legislative elections since the new Constitution was adopted by referendum on July 25, 2022, and will take place under a new electoral system and revised legal framework.

Election Snapshot Elections in Tunisia: 2022 Parliamentary Elections Share Image Members of the Independent Higher Authority for Elections count the votes one day after the 2022 constitutional referendum in Tunis. © AP Photo/Hassene Dridi On Saturday, Dec. 17, Tunisians will elect the lower house o...

It’s Election Day in Fiji 🇫🇯Learn more about the nation’s 2022 general elections:https://bit.ly/3HpFq8M
12/14/2022

It’s Election Day in Fiji 🇫🇯Learn more about the nation’s 2022 general elections:

https://bit.ly/3HpFq8M

IFES is proud to join the United States Institute of Peace, International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democrati...
12/13/2022
A Conversation with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

IFES is proud to join the United States Institute of Peace, International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute and the National Endowment for Democracy for a conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, Dec. 16. Register to join us in person or watch online.

IFES joins USIP, IRI, NDI and the NED for a conversation with President Buhari of Nigeria.

Fiji's general elections take place this Wednesday, Dec. 14.  Explore the facts of this important election with IFES' el...
12/12/2022

Fiji's general elections take place this Wednesday, Dec. 14. Explore the facts of this important election with IFES' election snapshot. https://bit.ly/3HpFq8M

12/10/2022
Photos from IFES Nigeria's post
12/10/2022

Photos from IFES Nigeria's post

On , we are pleased to announce the publication of a new resource to support the inclusion of people with disabilities i...
12/10/2022
Inclusion & Human Rights

On , we are pleased to announce the publication of a new resource to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in political life. "Developing a Disability Policy Inclusion Policy: A Strategic Planning and Implementation Guide for Election Management Bodies" will be published in the coming days. In the meantime, explore our work inclusion as we work toward a future where all have full political rights!

All people safely participate in civic and political life on an equal basis.

In recognition of International Anti-Corruption Day, which this year focuses on ‘uprooting corruption and defending demo...
12/10/2022
Guardrails for Democracy | IFES - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

In recognition of International Anti-Corruption Day, which this year focuses on ‘uprooting corruption and defending democratic values,’ IFES is thrilled to present our latest publication, "Guardrails for Democracy: A Guide to Strengthening Independent Institutions." Holding governments accountable and limiting opportunities for abuse is instrumental to helping countries weather shocks to democracy. Read the guide:

Guardrails for Democracy draws on IFES’ evidence-based Autonomy and Accountability Framework (AAF) to support an assessment of threats, risks, and weaknesses in the autonomy and accountability of independent institutions at any stage of establishment or development.

In five days, voters in  go to the polls to elect 55 members of Parliament and confirm a prime minister. Explore the ins...
12/09/2022
Elections in Fiji: 2022 General Election

In five days, voters in go to the polls to elect 55 members of Parliament and confirm a prime minister. Explore the ins and outs of these general elections with IFES' Election Snapshot Fiji: 2022 General Elections

Election Snapshot Elections in Fiji: 2022 General Election Share Image IFES Asia-Pacific Regional Director Melika Atic, Fiji Electoral Commission Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, and IFES President & CEO Tony Banbury pose together. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Fijian voters will vote to elect 55 m...

12/09/2022

❓ What are the guidelines for investigation of administrative violations and crimes relating to political finance?
❓How do we ensure a strong cooperation between administrative bodies, political finance regulator, anti-corruption bodies and prosecutors’ offices?

➡️All of these questions and more were the main scope of yesterday’s Roundtable with our partners from The CEELI Institute and Expert Forum (EFOR). This Roundtable feeds into a regional research project, which aims to achieve a more efficient sanctioning policy.

🧾The event included very valuable presentations of the investigation and sanctioning experience of the Federal Election Commission and The United States Department of Justice, as well as the French Anti-Corruption Agency, the Parquet National Financier and the Haute Autorité pour la Transparence de le Vie Publique.

States are increasingly fighting corruption by using peer review mechanisms to see how their processes stand compared to...
12/08/2022

States are increasingly fighting corruption by using peer review mechanisms to see how their processes stand compared to others. Read "Piercing the Veil: Using Peer Reviews in the Fight Against Corruption" to see how these efforts are taking shape. https://bit.ly/39ftM0X

IFES Nepal in solidarity with those seeking to end gender based violence!
12/08/2022

IFES Nepal in solidarity with those seeking to end gender based violence!

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In solidarity with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.


IFES She Leads Nepal My Vote, My Future

This week the IFES Center for Anti-Corruption & Democratic Trust is participating in  hosted by Transparency Internation...
12/07/2022
IACC 2022

This week the IFES Center for Anti-Corruption & Democratic Trust is participating in hosted by Transparency International U.S. in partnership with U.S. Department of State. When corruption takes root, it infects all parts of public life. We're proud to join other global changemakers to tackle this pervasive problem.

Join IFES at International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) 2022, a biennial gathering of over 2,000 participants dedicated to "Uprooting Corruption, Defending Democratic Values.”

12/06/2022

🤩Сьогодні, у Міжнародний день людей з інвалідністю, ми раді та горді поділитися з вами чудовою новиною!

🥳IFES Україна та Центральна виборча комісія - Central Election Commission of Ukraine отримали визнання лауреата Міжнародної правозахисної премії від Zero Project за інноваційні практики забезпечення доступності виборчого процесу для виборців з інвалідністю та їх активної політичної участі!

📃♿️Так, напередодні місцевих виборів 2020 року IFES Україна разом із ЦВК та громадськими організаціями з питань захисту прав людей з інвалідністю розробили доступні інформаційно-просвітницькі постери з QR-кодами.

📱При скануванні коду смартфоном виборці з порушеннями слуху та зору змогли отримати всю необхідну інформацію про виборчий процес українською жестовою мовою, а також в аудіо форматі.

🫶Ми щиро вітаємо ЦВК із нагородою та продовжуватимемо працювати разом над підвищенням інклюзивності виборчого процесу для виборців з інвалідністю!

Діяльність IFES в Україні здійснюється за підтримки USAID Ukraine - USAID Україна, Міністерства міжнародних справ Канади (Embassy of Canada to Ukraine) та британської допомоги від уряду Великої Британії (British Embassy Kyiv).

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On December 2nd and 3rd, IFES hosted Guyana's first national conference for youth with disabilities in partnership with ...
12/05/2022
Youths with disabilities meet to find solutions to challenges they face

On December 2nd and 3rd, IFES hosted Guyana's first national conference for youth with disabilities in partnership with the Guyana Council of Organizations for Persons with Disabilities (GCOPD). Fifty young leaders from across Guyana from different backgrounds joined the conference to talk about education, political rights, universal design, infrastructure, employment and advocacy.

Youths in Guyana living with disabilities are participating in an inaugural conference to discuss the problems they face and brainstorm appropriate solutions to bridge any gaps, a move that Prime M…

IFES is honored that our work and the work of our partners has been recognized by  with an Innovative Practice Award. Re...
12/02/2022

IFES is honored that our work and the work of our partners has been recognized by

with an Innovative Practice Award. Read more about the award-winning projects here : https://bit.ly/3unPyah

IFES Sr. Advisor on Gender Regina Waugh joined Former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard (Chair of the Global In...
12/01/2022

IFES Sr. Advisor on Gender Regina Waugh joined Former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard (Chair of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership ) to discuss addressing barriers to women's political participation. This episode coincides with the 16 Days of Action. https://apple.co/3VHFcgX

12/01/2022

IFES Georgia takes a stand

From our partners Fundación Esquel
11/30/2022

From our partners Fundación Esquel

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👉Según datos del INEC en 2019, en Ecuador cada día dan a luz 7 adolescentes menores de 14 años, producto de una violación.
🤝Como Fundación Esquel nos sumamos a la campaña de ONU Mujeres Ecuador para poner fin a la violencia contra las mujeres antes de 2030

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The IFES mission, "Together we build democracies for all." embodies our 35 years of work worldwide for good governance a...
11/29/2022

The IFES mission, "Together we build democracies for all." embodies our 35 years of work worldwide for good governance and inclusion. The principles that guide our programs prioritize person forward locally-led development and lasting impact bolstered by data-driven and evidence-based approaches. This , consider supporting IFES' work with a donation. https://bit.ly/3AUkHpk

IFES Nigeria shining a light through out the .
11/29/2022

IFES Nigeria shining a light through out the .

: Chinedu Lois Nkwachi spotlight on the meaning of gender-based violence. Join the campaign to end .

Violence against women is a threat to election security. Explore the Violence Against Women in Elections(VAWE) framework...
11/28/2022
Violence Against Women in Elections Framework | IFES - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Violence against women is a threat to election security. Explore the Violence Against Women in Elections(VAWE) framework IFES developed to identify and address the unique issues related to gender-based election violence.

In an effort to better understand and address the ways in which electoral violence creates a barrier to women’s participation, IFES has developed the Violence Against Women in Elections (VAWIE) Framework to specifically identify and address the unique issues related to gender-based election violen...

For over a decade, IFES has worked to prevent and mitigate violence against women in politics and support survivors. Tod...
11/25/2022
UNITE: Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls! | IFES - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

For over a decade, IFES has worked to prevent and mitigate violence against women in politics and support survivors. Today marks the beginning of 16 Days of activism to "UNite to End Violence Against Women." Join us and follow our work

United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Against Women & Girls 25 November - 10 December

Join IFES on Nov. 28 at 9 am EST for the 23rd installment of our Democratic Resilience in Europe series "The Ambition Ga...
11/23/2022
Discussion Series: Democratic Resilience in Europe

Join IFES on Nov. 28 at 9 am EST for the 23rd installment of our Democratic Resilience in Europe series "The Ambition Gap? – Barriers to the Participation of Women in Politics." Among our esteemed panelists will be IFES Senior Advisor on Gender, Regina Waugh. Register today!

IFES Online Discussion Series: Regional Europe Office

Sunday, Nov. 20  voters went to the polls. Read our  Snapshot to learn more about the process.
11/22/2022
Elections in Kazakhstan: 2022 Early Presidential Elections

Sunday, Nov. 20 voters went to the polls. Read our Snapshot to learn more about the process.

Election Snapshot Elections in Kazakhstan: 2022 Early Presidential Elections Share Image Members of an election commission remove ballots from a box to count them at a polling station after the Nationwide Referendum in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, June 5, 2022. © Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP On Sund...

Take 's role in elections seriously, read "Understanding Cybersecurity Throughout the Electoral Process: A Reference Doc...
11/16/2022

Take 's role in elections seriously, read "Understanding Cybersecurity Throughout the Electoral Process: A Reference Document"
https://bit.ly/3sH5HXz

This Sunday, Nov. 20, voters in  go to the polls for federal and provincial elections. This exciting election sees the e...
11/15/2022
Elections in Nepal: 2022 Federal and Provincial Elections

This Sunday, Nov. 20, voters in go to the polls for federal and provincial elections. This exciting election sees the enfranchisement of over 2 million youth eligible to vote for the first time. Learn more⬇️

Election Snapshot Elections in Nepal: 2022 Federal and Provincial Elections Share Image On Sunday, Nov. 20, Nepali voters will vote for elected seats in the House of Representatives (HoR) and Provincial Assemblies (PA). This will be the second HoR and PA elections since the promulgation of Nepal’s...

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"We need to talk about the dark side of money in politics. Dirty money. Foreign money. Illicit, opaque, crypto, gray and black."

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"On the International Day of Peace, with the UN-designated theme of anti-racism, we reflect on how racism persists as an assault against democracy and human rights in countries around the world. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) reaffirms its commitment to being an anti-racist organization and supporting work around the world to end discrimination."

Today marks the United Nations designated International Day of Peace, this years theme is anti-racism. Read our full statement at the link.
Our online discussion series is back! Join us Thursday, Sept. 29, for "Protecting Free Speech in Europe - How to stop Strategic Lawsuits Against Political Participation."
at 9:00-10:15 a.m. EST/UTC-4. Our esteemed panelists will discuss the most effective ways to counteract SLAPPs in Europe today and in the future to protect freedom of speech. RSVP at the link!
"Elections are pivotal to a country’s stability, quality of governance, and ability to respond to its citizens’ priorities."

On the International Day of Democracy, USAID - US Agency for International Development highlighted free and fair elections globally – including the vital work that IFES supported in Mali, Zambia and Peru. http://bit.ly/3qKlweR
IFES is proud to support advocacy by disabled persons' organizations, in and around the world.
The IFES program Media Empowering Disability Inclusion and Access (MEDIA) includes a training curriculum and guidelines that address the impact media can have on building disability-inclusive societies. The guidelines provide practical knowledge about story angles, terminology and etiquette in writing about persons with disabilities in .

Journalists receive quick reference tools from the training, such as a guide to person-first language and story ideas on elections. When possible, IFES follows this training with a contest for the best photo or article. IFES has conducted trainings in Georgia, Fiji, Haiti, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Myanmar and Nepal.
"While there are many factors in ensuring an informed electorate – such as education and good digital literacy – without a free press, it is impossible to have a healthy democracy or free and fair elections. And as we grapple with the rise of dis- and misinformation, a free press is on the front lines in separating fact from fiction."

Read our full statement celebrating International Day of Democracy 2022 and honoring a free press.
Love it when global colleagues drop in on IFES HQ! Lasanthi Daskon (center) is IFES Deputy County Director in Sri Lanka, where she is doing tenacious work under difficult circumstances. Lasanthi came to HQ for meetings after a few weeks of sharing her expertise with our colleagues in Latin America. Safe travels, Lasanthi! ✈️ 🌎
IFES Election Guide is your newly refreshed source for the latest in election information!
BRIDGE is “Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections,” a powerful professional development program with a particular focus on electoral processes. This unique initiative, helmed by five of the leading organizations in and governance, turns 20 in 2022!

IFES is proud to be one of those five, alongside our partners the , the UN Electoral Assistance Division, , and . Together, we have committed to developing, implementing and maintaining the most comprehensive curriculum and workshop package available to electoral professionals. Rather than relying heavily on traditional lectures, BRIDGE is focused on practical issues and is activity-based.

Last week, we convened at the in to celebrate BRIDGE’s 20th anniversary and to discuss the next 20 years. If you are in New York, visit the the photo exhibit in the plaza outside UN headquarters, which will be there until Oct. 10.
: IFES is hiring a Country Director based full-time in Haiti for an upcoming USAID-funded activity. The program will work with the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), political parties, civil society and media to strengthen Haitian democracy and support Haitian-led efforts for credible elections. The ideal candidate will have long-term experience in election administration, international program management and a track record with USAID-funded activities. Apply today! https://bit.ly/3qxgzWB
: a free press foundational to democracies. Learn how the Mourasiloun program in Tunisia supports local journalists.
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This year we are celebrating 20 years of Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE). Check out this videos with IFES facilitators about how this program has meaningfully impacted election management bodies globally.
Earlier this week, IFES Africa Regional Director Clara Cole and IFES Senior Legal & Anti-Corruption Officer Jordan Shipley visited with participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program () on “Transparency and Accountability in Government” for seven government officials and civic and community leaders from countries in Africa. Many thanks to for hosting and facilitating an excellent discussion. And best wishes for the IVLP group as they continue their journey!
Exciting opportunities abound at IFES! We're hiring an Inclusion Specialist to join us at our Arlington, VA, USA headquarters. The Inclusion Specialist will be a leader in the area of disability rights. Learn how you can join an expanding team of inclusion experts to deliver resilient democracies that deliver for all! https://bit.ly/3cEK2uw
“She Leads Cambodia’ has made a real difference in my life and the lives of the other women in the program. I would encourage the international community to further support this program so that more women can move from the margins of society to active participation in civic life.”

Read about She Leads alumna, Chanthy Hoy’s journey from rural Prey Veng province Cambodia to the UN!
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