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

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.

In Post-Election Georgia, A New Outlook for Women

November 08, 2013

Join us for a panel discussion about the current and future state of women's empowerment in Georgia.

Women’s Political Participation in Libya: Progress and Pitfalls

November 05, 2013

While women in Libya are eager to participate in their country’s government, their political participation has declined since the revolution. Join us in a panel discussion on the current situation in Libya for women as democracy leaders, advocates and active participants in the country’s transition.

Lessons Learned from Kenya's 2013 Poll: A Conversation with IEBC Chairman Hassan

June 12, 2013

Kenya's March 4 election ushered in the first elected government under the country’s new constitution. While the election was widely considered to be free and fair, there were a number of challenges that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) encountered, including problems with the introduction of new election technology. During this event, IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan and IFES Chief of Party Michael Yard will reflect on the lessons learned.

Protecting the Right to Vote: Trends in Electoral Integrity

June 05, 2013

Election administrators and other stakeholders in the election process have important roles to play in ensuring a credible vote. When elections are poorly planned or riddled with fraud, however, the results can be dire: chaotic polling, stolen seats and even widespread violence. In this IFES panel, speakers will consider new approaches for supporting the integrity of elections and combating fraud, including an innovative assessment methodology used recently in Afghanistan.