Iyo Menya "If Only I Had Known"

April 22, 2010

Starting at the end of May and through early September, Burundi will hold its first set of elections since all rebel movements laid down their arms and officially ended Burundi’s long civil war. “If Only I Had Known,” (“Iyo Menya”) produced by New Generation and IFES, with the support of USAID and the Studio RAM recounts the firsthand stories of former youth combatants of Burundi’s long civil war. Manipulated by political interests and false promises, well-known Burundian ex-combatants in the film explain the terrible acts they were led to commit as youths and how their lives were consequently devastated. Other young Burundians share inspiring stories of how strong family ties helped them resist political manipulation, stay out of the conflict and build bright futures.

 

The video is a powerful reminder to all Burundians of the cost of war. It offers a word of caution as it points out the danger of treacherous and misleading political promises and divisive discourse to young people.  As one of the contributors points out, it is in everyone’s best interest to express a common patriotic spirit and engage in peaceful elections.

 

Towards the goal of having a peaceful poll, IFES-Burundi has helped launch Amatora Mu Mahoro (Elections in Peace), Burundi’s first‐ever nationwide election violence prevention system. The system identifies areas susceptible to electoral violence as well as successful peace initiatives around the country. It aims to support appropriate responses and promote the peaceful holding of Burundi’s 2010 elections.



 

Civil Society, Civic Education, Election Disputes, Election Observation, Elections

Multimedia Index

Barriers to Access are Coming Down in Haiti and Latin America

December 18, 2014

Election officials and disabilities rights organizations are working to break down barriers in Latin America and Haiti. In this video, IFES Inclusion Coordinator Anais Keenon interviewed Pamela Molina to discuss this work. Molina is an international expert on and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, All Inclusion and Empowerment

2014 IFES Baxter Award Ceremony Honors Dr. Christiana Thorpe

November 20, 2014

IFES) presented the 2014 Joe C. Baxter Award to Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairwoman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone. Dr. Thorpe is the first woman to serve as Chief Electoral Commissioner in Sierra Leone. During her tenure as the head of the NEC, the Commission has implemented meaningful reforms and conducted elections that have been agreed upon by all electoral stakeholders and the international community as being free, fair, transparent. Dr. Thorpe’s sister, Patricia O. Thorpe-Finney, accepted the award on her behalf.

Election Observers' Guide: 2014 Early Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

October 17, 2014

For international and domestic observers of the 2014 early parliamentary elections IFES produced a video that consists of six separate chapters that cover issues such as the rights and responsibilities of observers, the work of Precinct Election Commissions, Election Day and the counting and tabulation process.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, Election Security, Electoral Fraud and Malpractice, Election Dispute Resolution and Complaints Adjudication

Securing the Rights of Indigenous Communities in the Philippines

October 16, 2014

In this episode of Dialogues on Democracy, Philippine Election Commissioner Luie Guia discusses access for indigenous populations in his country.

All Inclusion and Empowerment, Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards Ceremony

October 06, 2014

The presentation of the 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards took place on October 1 at the Washington Marriot at Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Venezuelan opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado received the Manatt awards for their dedication to democracy and human rights.

IFES 2014 Democracy Awards Dinner: Maria Corina Machado Acceptance Message

October 02, 2014

In a recorded message, Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado accepted the 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award and discussed the state of democracy in Venezuela.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Selima Ahmad: Business Leader and Peace Advocate

September 18, 2014

Women in Bangladesh subject to violence and intimidation. IFES’ Women Against Violence in Elections (WAVE) program gathers students and academics, civil society and media and business and political leaders in one forum to advance peace in Bangladesh. Selima Ahmad is a prominent member of the Bangladeshi business community and a member of the WAVE advisory group.

 

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment, Election Security

Reflections on Democracy Promotion

September 15, 2014

In this podcast, Svetlik discusses challenges and opportunities involved in organizing credible elections and ensuring all citizens have a voice in the way they are governed. Svetlik also describes the most memorable moments of IFES’ work over the past 27 years.

All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Election Management

Building Tomorrow: Fostering Citizenship and Democracy through Service Learning

August 27, 2014

Service learning is a unique approach to civic education for young people, incorporating both community service and academic learning objectives. This model is designed to enhance the learning process for the student, instill civic responsibility by providing an avenue for meaningful engagement, and strengthen communities. As a result, both the young person and the community benefit from the experience.

Youth Engagement

Nurturing Democracy in the Maldives

August 21, 2014

In June, The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held a “Democracy Camp” for 40 youths, aged 14-16, from around the country.The primary goal of the camp is to enhance the participants’ knowledge on civic education, rights and responsibilities of a citizen, democracy, human rights and other pressing social issues. For this episode we hear the voices of Nihaya Ahmed, a camp participant, and IFES Chief of Party Dan Malinovich. 

Youth Engagement, All Inclusion and Empowerment