A continent with unique challenges and political contexts, IFES has worked in over 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past quarter century. Across the region, programming seeks to advance good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle.

Current IFES programming in Africa covers a range of needs. For example, IFES has worked in Guinea for over two decades, strengthening civil society and providing technical assistance to election management bodies. In Nigeria, IFES focuses on improving and monitoring the electoral dispute resolution system and increasing the capacity of civil society to analyze, monitor and advocate against electoral violence. Across the continent in Kenya, IFES has helped procure voter registration technology and upgrade the existing results transmission system.

While providing this range of services, IFES has witnessed history in Africa. This includes assisting in the 2011 Southern Sudan Referendum on Self-Determination and playing an active role in the development of South Sudan.


Burkina Faso | Partnership for Participation and Poise in Epic Polls
Burundi | Elections and Political Processes Program in Burundi
Central African Republic | Election Support in the Central African Republic
Côte d’Ivoire | Côte d’Ivoire Electoral Reform Support
Guinea | Support Political and Electoral Processes
Kenya | Kenya Electoral System Support
Liberia | Liberia Elections and Political Transition
Nigeria | Support for Electoral Reforms Project (SERP)


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