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.
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.
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.
Elections Through Her Eyes: Women's Empowerment, Inclusion and the Electoral Process
April 24, 2013
Countries around the world hold elections as a nation in transition or as part of a longstanding democratic tradition. Regardless of context, the electoral process is exciting and critically important for all citizens, yet in many instances the experience is vastly different for men and women. Join us for a discussion on why citizen participation matters and the most effective ways of engaging individuals in different regions of the globe to exercise their rights in democratic societies.
Two Years into the Arab Spring: Islam, Elections and Democratic Transformation
April 04, 2013
Join the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the International Council for Middle East Studies (ICMES) in a discussion on the rise and trajectory of Islamist political parties after the Arab Spring. Panelists will discuss the influence of Islamists on the development of the constitution and legal framework, and the role of Islam in the political evolution of the MENA region.