Elections Do Not Make a Democracy

March 02, 2011

Over the past 25 years, we have seen an increase in the number of countries holding elections. Going through the exercise, however, does not mean the will of the people is being reflected or that countries are establishing democratic processes. Michael Svetlik, IFES vice president for programs, talks to us about the trend of holding sham elections and the reasons why the practice is increasing.

Elections, Democracy Assistance

Multimedia Index

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

Promoting Participation By Electing Youth: The London Youth Advisory Council

August 21, 2014

The London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) of Ontario, Canada is comprised of young people who are elected to their positions by the general public. Each councilor represents a ward, or region, of the city of London, Ontario. For this episode of Dialogues on Democracy, IFES Youth Advisor Augusta Featherston spoke with Ward 4 Councilor Nicole Worozbyt and Adam Fearnall, Council Director of London Youth Advistory Council (LYAC) about the impact their council has had on their community and how some of these lessons can be expanded to new programs.

Youth Engagement, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Service Learning: Fostering Citizenship and Democracy

August 12, 2014

Service learning programs provide participants opportunities to apply their skills and education to community-level issues. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) incorporates service learning in a variety of programs, from our university courses in Georgia to democracy camps in the Maldives. For this podcast IFES Youth Adviser Augusta Featherston spoke with her counterpart Susan Stroud, Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation, about service learning trends and how it can foster the foundations of democracy.

Youth Engagement, All Inclusion and Empowerment