Giving Voice to the Vote

October 04, 2010

Having a say in the way we are governed is a human right, yet for many around the world there are many obstacles to exercising this right. IFES is dedicated to helping societies transcend the barriers to complete enfranchisement, which include election violence and discrimination against minorities. This short audio slideshow highlights some of the struggles developing and developed democracies face and what IFES is doing to help.

Democracy Assistance, Civil Society, Elections, Governance

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IFES Honors and Celebrates the Work of Dr. Jørgen Elklit

March 13, 2014

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) presented Dr. Jørgen Elklit, Professor of Political Science and Government at Aarhus University, Denmark, with the 2013 Joe C. Baxter Award. During Dr. Elklit's acceptance speech he laid out new challenges for practitioners and election management bodies. Please enjoy the video of the 2013 Baxter Award Ceremony. 

Fostering Democracy Through Education

January 30, 2014

The recently published Best Practices Manual on Democracy Education by the Council for a Community of Democracies provides a myriad of examples and case studies of democracy education programs for countries at all stages of development and transition. IFES hosted this event featuring two of the manual's authors as well as other democracy-promotion experts for a conversation on how best to empower citizens to become informed and take part in their government.

Civic Education, All Citizen Participation, Youth Engagement

Revolution or Resolution: Is Ukraine Poised for Change?

January 28, 2014

Ukraine finds itself in unchartered, unstable territory. The EuroMaidan protests – triggered by the government's last minute decision not to sign the European Union Association Agreement – have been continuously stoked, most recently by the passage of legislation curtailing rights of civil society and freedoms of assembly and association. Spiraling in recent days from a mostly peaceful movement into violent conflict in many regions, the changing nature and final outcome of this popular resistance is uncertain. Please watch our panel of experts discuss these issues and more.

Protests in Ukraine: Their Effects on Elections

December 27, 2013

In this podcast, IFES Chief of Party in Ukraine, David Ennis sheds light on the current demonstrations by drawing on insight provided by two decades of IFES public opinion polls in the country. He also reflects on what demonstrations could mean for Ukraine's political prospects and how credible elections. are the most constructive way of resolving cleavages within societies.

Equal Rights, Equal Access

December 19, 2013

Ensuring all citizens have access to the electoral process is a cornerstone of a vibrant democracy.IFES works around the world to secure and protect the electoral rights of persons with disabilities. This short video features a sample of those who have been impacted by IFES’ programming in electoral access. 

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Reflecting on Human Rights: A Look at 2013

December 10, 2013

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day here at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), we take this opportunity to reflect on 2013 and share some of our biggest successes in protecting the rights of individuals around the globe. Join us as we review our work in a year-end video, which highlights stories about safeguarding the right to vote and building sustainable democracies worldwide.

Transition at a Crossroads: Moving Beyond the GCC Agreement in Yemen

December 09, 2013

In late 2011, Yemeni political leaders and stakeholders endorsed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Agreement, which laid out a two-year roadmap for resolving Yemen's political paralysis. The agreement scripted a process with an inclusive National Dialogue, a new constitution, a constitutional referendum and national elections to move the country forward. Two years later, it is likely the initial timeframe will expire without a referendum and without elections. Please view a panel discussion on these timely issues, the overall political environment in Yemen, the potential impact on the electoral process and the ongoing role of the international community.

Georgia PSA: Independent Person -- Free Choice

December 03, 2013

To this end, IFES supported the Coalition for Independent Living's (CIL) voter motivation and education campaign. This umbrella group of over 25 disabled persons' organizations produced a public service announcement targeting voters with disabilities, which explains the importance of participation and provides an overview of the services available for those requiring additional assistance ahead of and on Election Day.

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Collaboration to Ensure Access: Crosscutting work in Myanmar

November 21, 2013

As Myanmar continues to develop and reform its electoral processes, it is important that all segments of the population, including women and persons with disabilities, are taken into consideration and their voices are included in the reform process. Paul Guerin, IFES Chief of Party in Myanmar, and Bill Sweeney, IFES President and CEO, talk about the challenges that these marginalized populations face when it comes to inclusion and the success that they have achieved so far.

Women's Empowerment, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, All Inclusion and Empowerment

In Post-Election Georgia, A New Outlook for Women

November 11, 2013

Georgia's October 2013 presidential election resulted in the nation's second consecutive peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box. Although women have made strides in political participation during the last decade, they continue to face obstacles in establishing themselves as elected leaders at local and national level. Watch a panel discussion about the current and future state of women's empowerment in Georgia.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment