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.

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.

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Tomorrow, Oct. 8, Czech voters will elect 200 representatives to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament.  In what is ...
10/07/2021
Elections in the Czech Republic: 2021 Legislative Elections

Tomorrow, Oct. 8, Czech voters will elect 200 representatives to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament. In what is considered the nation’s most important election, voters will choose from 22 parties or coalitions and, 5,253 candidates. The composition of the Chamber of Deputies will determine who will become the next prime minster. Read our FAQs to learn more.

On Friday, October 8, Czech voters will have the opportunity to vote for representatives to fill 200 seats in the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament. This year, voters will choose from 22 political parties or coalitions and 5,253 candidates. Legislative, or Chamber of Deputies, elections are cons...

On October 10, Iraqis will vote in elections for the Council of Representatives. All 329 seats on the CoR are up for ele...
10/07/2021
Elections in Iraq: 2021 Council of Representatives Elections

On October 10, Iraqis will vote in elections for the Council of Representatives. All 329 seats on the CoR are up for election, and newly appointed members will choose the president. 2019’s widescale protests fundamentally changed the electoral system. Considerable unrest and democratic backsliding mark these elections as a test of Iraq’s electoral processes. Read our FAQs to learn more.

On Sunday, October 10, Iraqi voters will have the opportunity to vote for the Council of Representatives (CoR) in 83 electoral constituencies in 18 governorates. All 329 seats in the CoR will be up for election. The emergence of large grassroots protests (often called tishreen) throughout the south....

IFES is honored to announce that the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) has received t...
10/05/2021
Home - CEPPS

IFES is honored to announce that the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) has received the USAID - US Agency for International Development Democratic Elections & Political Processes Leader with Associates Award.

We are proud that USAID has entrusted IFES, International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute, and CEPPS to lead this critical initiative, demonstrating the Biden administration’s dedication to defending and advancing democracy globally. This partnership is a celebration of our unwavering commitment to democracy, human rights, and the global advance of freedom, dignity, and development.

The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) is comprised of nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organizations dedicated to advancing and supporting democratic practices and institutions around the globe.

Tomorrow across Georgia, voters will participate in municipal elections. The opportunity to choose local leaders is of c...
10/01/2021
Elections in Georgia: 2021 Municipal Elections

Tomorrow across Georgia, voters will participate in municipal elections. The opportunity to choose local leaders is of critical importance in Georgia’s decentralized political system. Learn more about the electoral landscape by reading our FAQs.

On Saturday, October 2, Georgian voters will have the opportunity to vote for mayors and city council members across the country. These positions are essential to local governance and represent a continuation of Georgia’s shift toward the more decentralized governing structure launched in 2014. Ge...

The Download: Haiti, a new episode from the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS), Democr...
10/01/2021
Podcast - CEPPS

The Download: Haiti, a new episode from the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS), Democracy! The Podcast, is available now. Hear from consortium partners and Haitian election officials dedicated to Haiti’s fight for democracy. IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury shares a transformative experience that informed his thoughts on Haiti’s future. Learn, listen and share where hope lies for the Caribbean’s second-largest island.

Each episode takes an in-depth look at some of the biggest challenges facing the vitality of democracy around the world.

IFES has proudly committed to the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action. In s...
09/29/2021
IFES Signs the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action

IFES has proudly committed to the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action. In signing, IFES pledges to take nine specific actions to advance the meaningful participation of women in peace and security processes. October 2 marks the International Day of Non-Violence and is a poignant moment to reaffirm our belief in democracies that deliver for all.

For over three decades, IFES has worked with our local partners across the globe to secure the full inclusion of women in democratic and peacebuilding actions. We are glad to continue this work by joining over 100 governments and organizations in furthering our commitment through this “inter-generational, inclusive movement for action on women, peace and security and gender equality in humanitarian action.” Learn more:

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to announce our commitment to promote women’s meaningful participation in peace and security processes through signature of the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA).

09/29/2021
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IFES President and CEO Tony Banbury and Sr. Global Advisor-Legal & head of IFES’ new Center for Anti-Corruption & Democratic Trust Katherine Ellena remind us via Devex that the solution to corruption is rooted in strong democracies with fair elections.

"Democracy is not a failed or failing model, but a system that must be perfected and protected"

We are eager to participate in the Biden administration’s global Summit for Democracy this December, referenced in the op-ed, and tackle the "urgent challenge" of combatting corruption.

“It is imperative that those of us who are dedicated to protecting democratic rights act now to better understand the in...
09/21/2021
Climate, Displacement and Democracy: Safeguarding the Democratic Rights of the Environmentally Displaced

“It is imperative that those of us who are dedicated to protecting democratic rights act now to better understand the interconnections between climate, conflict, displacement and democracy." - Tony Banbury

See more about the Embassy of Sweden in USA Climate, Displacement & Democracy event here 👇

The impact of climate change on conflict, displacement and migration are increasingly far-reaching and apparent. It is estimated that as many as 200 million individuals could be environmentally displaced by 2050. Environmental challenges tend to exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities. Those who are...

📢Join IFES & @CEELI_Institute for a diverse, expert panel discussion on the monitoring of public spending and corruption...
09/20/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Pandemic Purse Strings: Tracking Use of Public Funds Through a Health Crisis. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

📢Join IFES & @CEELI_Institute for a diverse, expert panel discussion on the monitoring of public spending and corruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

📆Wed., Sept. 22 @ 10 – 11:30am ET/UTC-4 / 16 – 17:30 CET

✅Register below!

Large-scale health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic can magnify and alter corruption risks, as governments seek to rapidly respond to new threats to citizens health and livelihoods. Accelerated emergency procurement processes to secure medical goods and services, influxes of funding to support reli...

Join us w/ IFES Sr Global Inclusion Advisor Virginia Atkinson in a discussion on girls & women with #disabilities in #pe...
09/17/2021
Webinar: Women and girls with disabilities in peacebuilding - MyRight

Join us w/ IFES Sr Global Inclusion Advisor Virginia Atkinson in a discussion on girls & women with #disabilities in #peacebuilding on Sept. 21 at 9-10:45am EDT / 15-16:45 CET! UN Women & MyRight- Empowers people with disabilities

Register by Sept. 20!✅

MyRight and UN Women invite you to a webinar on women with disabilities in peacebuilding. Topic: 20 years with UNSCR 1325 and two years with UNSCR 2475 – What difference have it made for women and girls with disabilities? Date and time: 21 September, at 15-16.45 CET / 9-10.45 am EDT Place: Zoom me...

Democracy faces many challenges, like climate change, political corruption and COVID-19. Strong democracies are resilien...
09/15/2021
International Day of Democracy 2021

Democracy faces many challenges, like climate change, political corruption and COVID-19. Strong democracies are resilient. Let's strengthen democracy for all, together. #DemocracyDay

To mark International Day of Democracy (IDD) on September 15, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) celebrates resilience and the determination of people around the world to have a voice in how they are governed. First commemorated by the United Nations in 2007, the day is a way....

"IFES’ Center for Anti-Corruption & Democratic Trust will forge new partnerships and develop new approaches to counter t...
09/15/2021
IFES Launches the Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust

"IFES’ Center for Anti-Corruption & Democratic Trust will forge new partnerships and develop new approaches to counter the dangers that corruption poses to democracies around the world.” -- CEO & President Anthony Banbury on #DemocracyDay

Read about our new Center for Anti-Corruption & Democratic Trust w/ IFES' Katie Ellena :

On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) President and CEO Anthony Banbury today announced the launch of the IFES Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust. Corruption is a triple threat to democracies: It perpetuates u...

📅  Join U.S. Embassy in Sweden and IFES this Thursday for an expert discussion with Tony Banbury and Vasu Mohan on how t...
09/13/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Climate, Displacement and Democracy – Safeguarding the Democratic Rights of the Environmentally Displaced. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

📅 Join U.S. Embassy in Sweden and IFES this Thursday for an expert discussion with Tony Banbury and Vasu Mohan on how to safeguard the democratic rights of the environmentally displaced.

RSVP ⬇️

The impact of climate change on conflict, displacement and migration are increasingly far-reaching and apparent. It is estimated that as many as 200 million individuals could be environmentally displaced by 2050. Environmental challenges tend to exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities. Those who are...

Today at 4 p.m. EDT/UTC-4, IFES' Demetrio Lazagna will participate in a panel on access to electoral info in #Chile #Bol...
09/09/2021
Access to Information on Elections (Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador)

Today at 4 p.m. EDT/UTC-4, IFES' Demetrio Lazagna will participate in a panel on access to electoral info in #Chile #Bolivia #Peru and #Ecuador. RSVP and tune in below!

When? Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 4pm (EST, La Paz), 3pm (Lima, Quito), 5pm (Santiago). Video recording in Spanish below. Please choose closed captions – settings for either Spanish subtitles or…

"We begin teaching young people so when they come of age, they have a broader view of what it is they have to do and wha...
08/26/2021
Indigenous Youth use political power for social change

"We begin teaching young people so when they come of age, they have a broader view of what it is they have to do and what their responsibilities are. We have to bet on Indigenous youth ..." – María Floridalma López Atz, a young Mayan Kaqchikel woman from #Guatemala

Read about our recent discussion with María and other young Indigenous human rights advocates from #Libya and #Nepal and their recommendations for meaningful inclusion 👇

#WorldIndigenousPeoplesDay #YouthDay #IYD2021 Bond

Indigenous leaders have met crises with innovative approaches. Yet Indigenous Peoples continue to face fundamental challenges to meaningful participation and inclusion in decision-making processes.

President Biden to Convene Leaders’ Summit for Democracy | The White House
08/12/2021
President Biden to Convene Leaders’ Summit for Democracy | The White House

President Biden to Convene Leaders’ Summit for Democracy | The White House

The President has said that the challenge of our time is to demonstrate that democracies can deliver by improving the lives of their own people and by addressing the greatest problems facing the wider world. In his first six months in office, the President has reinvigorated democracy at home, vacci...

At IFES we believe that #youngpeople should be involved in all parts of the #democratic process, including discussions a...
08/12/2021
IFES Celebrates International Youth Day 2021

At IFES we believe that #youngpeople should be involved in all parts of the #democratic process, including discussions around food systems & planetary health. Learn more about how IFES' youth programming supports #youthinnovation below! #YouthDay #IYD2021 #InternationalYouthDay 👇

Young people participating in the United Nations’ 1991 World Forum proposed International Youth Day, which was first celebrated on August 12, 2000. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to celebrate this year with a monthlong social media campaign on Twitter @IFESYouth...

President Biden to Convene Leaders’ Summit for Democracy | The White House
08/11/2021
President Biden to Convene Leaders’ Summit for Democracy | The White House

President Biden to Convene Leaders’ Summit for Democracy | The White House

The President has said that the challenge of our time is to demonstrate that democracies can deliver by improving the lives of their own people and by addressing the greatest problems facing the wider world. In his first six months in office, the President has reinvigorated democracy at home, vacci...

📢 NEW Podcast Alert! Subscribe now to Democracy! The Podcast and hear how CEPPS partners tackle some of the biggest chal...
08/10/2021
The Power of the Press: Media’s Role in Democracy - CEPPS

📢 NEW Podcast Alert! Subscribe now to Democracy! The Podcast and hear how CEPPS partners tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the vitality of democracy around the world

The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) is comprised of nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organizations dedicated to advancing and supporting democratic practices and institutions around the globe.

📢 It's not too late to RSVP!Join us today at 9am EDT/UTC-4 to celebrate #WorldIndigenousPeoplesDay and #YouthDay with In...
08/10/2021
Event: Promoting the Political Rights of Indigenous Youth

📢 It's not too late to RSVP!

Join us today at 9am EDT/UTC-4 to celebrate #WorldIndigenousPeoplesDay and #YouthDay with Indigenous human rights advocates from #Guatemala, #Libya, and #Nepal who will share their recommendations for #inclusive participation.

August 10, 2021 9:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 In recognition of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and International Youth Day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is hosting a discussion with young Indigenous human rights advocates from Guatemala, Libya and Nepal.

Join us tomorrow, August 10th for a live event celebrating #WorldIndigenousPeoplesDay and #YouthDay with Indigenous huma...
08/09/2021
Event: Promoting the Political Rights of Indigenous Youth

Join us tomorrow, August 10th for a live event celebrating #WorldIndigenousPeoplesDay and #YouthDay with Indigenous human rights advocates from #Guatemala, #Libya, and #Nepal who will share their recommendations for inclusive participation.

📣 RSVP now 👇

Facebook Live August 10, 2021 9:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 In recognition of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and International Youth Day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is hosting a discussion with young Indigenous human rights advocates from Guatemala, Li...

Curious about the U.S. Voting Rights Act, which became law 56 years ago today? Watch this IFES original whiteboard video
08/06/2021
IFES | Voting Rights Act: A Whiteboard Video

Curious about the U.S. Voting Rights Act, which became law 56 years ago today? Watch this IFES original whiteboard video

This video was produced by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems for its 2020 U.S. Election Program. Register for free today: https://usep.ifes....

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08/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Earlier this year, with support from the USAID-funded Project for Political Participation and Leadership (http://ow.ly/cRkJ50FLHQ8), Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) officials and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) staff met in Lusaka to validate training modules prior to the roll-out of a nationwide training on conflict mitigation and management for Provincial and District Election officials.
#USwithZambia

The Commonwealth recognizes that technology in elections comes with opportunities and risk.Their new best practice guide...
08/03/2021
Commonwealth launches guide to tackle election cybersecurity threat

The Commonwealth recognizes that technology in elections comes with opportunities and risk.

Their new best practice guide includes the IFES HEAT #CivicTechTool for #cybersecurity in elections. 👇

Technology brings both benefit and risk to elections – but there are solutions that can defend the process from cybersecurity threats. This is the message from a Commonwealth best practice guide to cybersecurity in elections, launched today. The product has been developed to help election manageme...

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