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.


African Union | Strengthen the Capacity of the Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit at the Department of Political Affairs
Burundi | Elections and Political Processes Program
Côte d'Ivoire | Global Women’s Leadership Fund
Democratic Republic of the Congo | Voter Option and Involvement through Civic Education (VOICE)
Guinea | Renforcement des Capacités des Acteurs Electoraux
Guinea | Transparent and Credible Elections in Guinea
Kenya | Election and Political Processes Strengthening 2012 (KEPPS 2012)
Mali | 2012 General Elections Support Program
Mauritania | Supporting the Electoral Process
Niger | Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Management of Natural Resources
South Sudan | Elections Administration Support Program
Zimbabwe | Democratic Transition Assistance Program


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