When founded in 1987, Haiti was one of the first countries in which IFES developed programming. Today, IFES provides technical and professional assistance across Latin America and the Caribbean in all areas of the electoral cycle.
In this region, many IFES programs incorporate the inclusion of underrepresented populations as a focus. For example, in the Dominican Republic, IFES is providing technical assistance to improve access and administration of the vote for persons with disabilities. In Honduras, IFES is helping the electoral commission develop and implement strategies to increase the participation of Afro-descendants, women, youth, persons with disabilities and other traditionally excluded groups in the electoral process.
IFES’ work in the Americas also highlights a dedication to transparency and electoral integrity, from implementing an audit and analysis of the voter registry in Guatemala to improving election administration in Puerto Rico.