Upcoming Events

IFES welcomes international experts, including IFES staff, to share their knowledge and stories from the field at our headquarters in Washington, DC. These events foster discussion and promote the exchange of ideas within the international development community. Many of these are open to the public. Check for upcoming opportunities to attend on this page.

Recent Events

View ElectionAccess.org Before the Official Launch!

May 12, 2015

Please join us for a preview of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) newly revamped website, ElectionAccess.org. The website is the world’s first and only free resource on the global political rights of persons with disabilities: it’s a one-stop-shop for advocates and government officials to learn about election laws, global best practices and assistive devices.

Election Audits, Integrity, and Reform: Learning from the 2014 Afghanistan Election

April 22, 2015

Join IFES and DI for a panel discussion on the 2014 Afghan presidential election and its aftermath, important standards for election audits, and the future of elections in Afghanistan.

An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election

September 23, 2014

Join International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) President and CEO Bill Sweeney in a conversation with former Chief Election Commissioner of India and author of An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election S.Y. Quraishi.

Building Tomorrow: Fostering Citizenship and Democracy through Service Learning

August 27, 2014

Join IFES in a panel discussion on the role of service learning in the development of active citizens.

Elections Worth Dying For? A Selection of Case Studies from Africa

August 07, 2014

The book Elections Worth Dying For? A Selection of Case Studies from Africa examines the roots of violence within election processes in Africa from a variety of perspectives. Using recent case studies written by leading specialists in electoral processes in Africa, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) shows how electoral violence and prevention efforts fit within the context of the entire electoral cycle. Join IFES for a special book launch event.

April 2014 Ukraine Survey and Preparations for May 25 Elections

May 02, 2014

Join us for a discussion of these and other key survey findings and what they mean for Ukraine’s ongoing political crisis as the country prepares for early presidential elections on May 25.

Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes

April 15, 2014

Please join us for a discussion on increasing the political participation of persons with disabilities in development programs. Panelists will share lessons learned and best practices from USAID-supported democracy and governance projects from around the world that have successfully demonstrated a disability inclusive development approach.

Fostering Democracy Through Education

January 29, 2014

This event features two of the authors of Best Practices Manual on Democracy Education 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.

Revolution or Resolution: Is Ukraine Poised for Change?

January 27, 2014

Four years into Victor Yanukovich's presidency, Ukraine finds itself in unchartered, unstable territory. The Euromaidan protests, triggered by the government's last minute decision not to sign the EU Association Agreement, while decreased, continue daily. Please join IFES for an expert discussion on what's next for Ukraine.

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

December 09, 2013

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Agreement, which laid out a two-year roadmap for resolving Yemen's political paralysis in 2011, is likely to expire without a referendum and without elections. In this event, experts will address what comes next for Yemen.


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