U.S. Election Program and Seventh Global Elections Organization (GEO-7) Conference

November 6-10, 2016

What’s Going on at IFES?

Following the historic 2015 elections in Myanmar, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) published five reports that provide important data on the accomplishments of the 2015 elections and outline recommendations for the 2020 electoral cycle. These documents are a result of continued collaboration between IFES, the Union Election Commission (UEC), civil society organizations, political parties, voters, domestic and international observers and implementers.

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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance electoral practices around the world. The enhanced collaboration will promote inclusive, credible electoral processes across borders while fostering good and accountable governance institutions.

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On July 26, 1990, the United States passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark law increasing access to basic rights for persons with disabilities in the country. The ADA’s passage was the result of decades of advocacy by citizens with disabilities, following other successful legal reforms such as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which established nondiscrimination of persons with disabilities in federally-funded programs as a right. 

IFES Champions #HerVoteHerVoice

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On July 21, 2016, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) hosted “Engaging Male Allies on Women, Peace and Security,” the seventh installment of the “Women, Peace and Security” Capitol Hill breakfast briefing series.

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There are currently four separate and different reserved seat systems for women at three levels of government in Bangladesh, and they produce different gender equality outcomes. This paper, authored by IFES Bangladesh Chief of Party Silja Paasilinna, examines these systems in detail, provides an overview of gender-based challenges women elected representatives face in both general and reserved seats, and provides a summary of suggested improvements to the current systems as well as options for alternative systems.

In an effort to address this growing concern, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) plans to conduct an in-depth analysis of election management body (EMB) digital security practices and develop a diagnostic tool to help EMBs practice better digital security.